A day that began with the second-youngest 54-hole leader in Masters history had an ending that nobody saw coming that morning. South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel became the third different player from his country to win the Green Jacket on a day that saw eight different players hold at least a share of the lead at some point.
Some notes from a Sunday to remember in Augusta, Georgia:
• Charl Schwartzel birdied his last four holes to seal his first major championship. Schwartzel becomes the first champion to play the final four holes in 4-under par since Jack Nicklaus (eagle-birdie-birdie-par) in 1986. Most recently, Mark O’Meara birdied three of the holes to win by one in 1998.
• Schwartzel also becomes the third player all-time to make his first career PGA TOUR victory a Masters win. The other two? Bernhard Langer in 1985 and Cluade Harmon in 1948.
• Rory McIlroy made dubious history with his final round score of 80. That’s tied for the highest final round score by a 54-hole leader at the Masters -- matched by Ken Venturi in 1956 and Sam Snead in 1951. McIlroy is in good company with those two -- they combined to win eight majors and 96 PGA TOUR events in their careers.
• Tiger Woods surged to the top of the leaderboard with a 67, his best-ever score in a Sunday at the Masters Tournament. Woods fell short, but his T-4 finish put him in an elite pairing at the Masters tournament. It was his 10th career top-five finish at Augusta National -- only Jack Nicklaus, with 15 such finishes, has more.