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Rory McIlroy withstood a harsh reality

Originally Published: April 10, 2011
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It wasn't a round of golf, it was an 18-hole funeral procession. A golf coronation turned into a wake.

The deceased: Rory McIlroy, winner of the Masters black crepe jacket.

The 21-year-old McIlroy began Sunday's final round with a 4-stroke lead. By the end he had aged in dog years, shooting an 8-over-par 80 to free fall to a tie for 15th and a full 10 strokes behind eventual winner Charl Scwhartzel. From phenom to failure in a single, agonizing afternoon.

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