Woods revival, Spieth’s downfall, Garcia’s play-off glory – Sunday at Masters

  • Let’s take a look back at what happened on the eve of Masters Sunday, how we played six final rounds in August.

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Modified April 12, 2020, 00:30 IST

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Sergio Garcia broke his big duck with a win at the Masters

As a playwright, few things are more believably captivating than the final round of Masters.

What happened on the eve of Masters Sunday, we take a look at how the final played on August 6.

2014

Champion: Bubba Watson

Margin of victory: three shots

Position after R3: T1 (with Jordan Spieth)

Final Final Overview: Newcomer to the tournament, Spieth, threatened to open a big push when he pulled out two cleared third-team mates, Watson, via a seven-hole victory on Sunday. However, four shots from the next two took Watson in the end and he eventually won with relative ease. Spieth and Jonas Blixt completed three shots at this pace in the second half to complete Watson’s 69 to secure a second win in August.

2015

Champion: Jordan Spieth

Margin of victory: four shots

And position after 3: 1 (four leads)

Final Final Overview: Twelve months after his impressive debut, Spieth was way above the rest when he leaned toward a remarkable, record-breaking success. At just 20 this time, the Texans led after each of the first three days and displayed the highest melody to maintain a healthy advantage over the final 18 holes. Spieth’s lead was never less than three on Sunday, and despite extending the final hole, he became the equivalent of the lowest score in tournament history in 1997, in conjunction with Woods’ Sum 20. His closest rivals Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson were four-shot Adrift.

2016

Champion: Danny Willett

Margin of victory: three shots

Position after R3: T5 (top three)

Final overview: Spieth saw another record-to-wire win and was even bigger when he birdied four holes to open the lead on five holes with nine holes to play. Yet, following the tenth and eleventh bogeys, when they found water twice on their way to the short-lived 12-foot-wide Chowk-Buji, it was a stunning collapse. That nightmare for Spieth put Willett in charge, with the English barely keeping the 13th and 14th holes in front of the wings. Willett could get under pressure, but he duly took another shot at 16, and finished the last two with Spieth and Lee Westwood clearing five under.

2017

Champion: Sergio Garcia

Margin of victory: play-offs

Position after R3: T1 (with Justin Rose)

Final Final Overview: For the second year running, the Masters’ closing stages provided outstanding drama, as Garcia and Rose put it out of the Titanic’s conflict. Often almost a man of the Majors, Garcia was three clear from Rose after five holes but he seems to be down one more time if he quickly falls behind the back nine. A miraculous sum of এবং and an ag gol of 15 recaptured the Spaniard, still missing five feet to win in the final hole. In growing excitement, Garcia finally broke his big duck in a play-off, and made a birdie on Rose’s boogie when the pair returned at 18.

2018

Champion: Patrick Reed

Margin of victory: two shots

And position after 3: 1 (with three leads)

Final Final Overview: Rory McElroy was behind a career grand slam and hopes to provide Reed with the biggest challenge, with three clear starts Sunday at the top of the leaderboard. However, McIlroy fell to the rookie and was left in the hands of Ricky Fowler and Charging Spieth to threaten Reid’s position. Spieth put together a staggering 64৪, but the two fell short, leaving Reed Fowler at 71১ with a one-off clip and earning his first title.

2019

Champion: Tiger Woods

Margin of victory: a shot

Position after R3: T2 (top two)

Final Final Overview: Stormy weather means early start and a group of three, players close the first and tenth teas. Former Open Champion and 2018 Ryder Cup hero Francesco Molinari’s bid for glory was downed when he received water at 15, a hole where Tiger Woods caught a bird to lead it straight. That gain was another gain after the run and Gender could not keep pace with the likes of Schaffley, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka. The last one bogie was enough to secure Woods’ fifth green jacket 14 years earlier.

Published April 12, 2020, 00:30 IST

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