Schwartzel finishes in style by rolling in a 15-footer for his fourth consecutive birdie, a 66 and a four-round total of 14-under to win his first green jacket.
Midway through Sunday's final round of the Masters Tournament, co-leader Rory McIlroy stood 60 yards left of the 10th fairway, with his golf ball nestled between Peek and Berckman cabins. All of a sudden, a triple-bogey seven left McIlroy at 8-under and scrambling. He would struggle on the next two holes and finish in a tie for 15th at 4-under.
The weight of an impatient continent rests on Rory McIlroy's young shoulders in today's final round of the 75th Masters Tournament. A European hasn't won the Masters in 12 years, and the 21-year-old from Northern Ireland is in prime position to end that run. McIlroy came to life with birdies on two of his final four holes to shoot 2-under-par 70 on Saturday and double his 36-hole lead from two to four shots.
Rory McIlroy stood on the first tee at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday afternoon with a two-stroke lead and all eyes fixed on him. As the 36-hole leader, the 21-year-old couldn't help but keep glancing in the direction of the leaderboard at the 18th green. Four times he surveyed the list of names trying to catch him. He quickly learned the field had gone to work early.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - A second-round 66 heightened expectations that Tiger Woods was back on his game, on the verge of rekindling past glorious Masters moments. Sure enough, time did get turned back Saturday in the third round at Augusta National. It just wasn't Woods that made it happen.
Rory McIlroy, the 54-hole leader, hooked his tee shot into the trees at No. 10 and posted triple bogey to fall out of the lead. At 8-under, he is now tied for seventh.
Rory McIlroy, the 54-hole leader, ripped his tee shot down the middle to open the final round of the Masters Tournament a few minutes ago. He holds a three-shot advantage over Charl Schwartzel and a two-shot lead over playing partner Angel Cabrera as well as Adam Scott.
Rory McIlroy stood on the first tee Saturday at Augusta National Golf Club with a two-stroke lead and all eyes fixed on him. As the 36-hole leader, the 21-year-old couldn't help but keep glancing in the direction of the leaderboard at the 18th green. Four times he surveyed the list of names trying to catch him. He quickly learned that the field had gone to work early.
The bad news for the field in the 75th Masters Tournament is that Northern Ireland's 21-year-old Rory McIlroy and Australia's 23-year-old Jason Day will be playing together today for the third consecutive round. If they continue to bring out the best in each other, one of them might be hard to catch during the weekend, even by a resurgent Tiger Woods.
Rory McIlroy is showing no signs of slowing. The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland recorded a solid 70 today to take a four-shot lead into the final round. McIlroy, bidding to become the first Irishman to win the Masters, is vying for his first major championship.
The international flags over the main leaderboard at Augusta National Golf Club are flying proudly after one day of the 75th Masters Tournament. On the 50th anniversary of the event's first international champion, Thursday's opening round was truly a global affair. Nine international players are among the 13 players in the top 10, including the top four.
Rory McIlroy has taken control of the Masters Tournament leaderboard as the second round at Augusta National Golf Club winds down this afternoon.
Rory McIlroy, the 21-year-old phenom who posted three third-place finishes in his past five majors, came to Augusta fresh off an extended holiday playing golf with his mates to shoot an opening 65 on Thursday, tying Spaniard Alvaro Quiros for the first-round lead.
Rory McIlroy, with his second-round 69, leads by two shots after 36 holes of the Masters. The 21-year-old from Northern Ireland sits at 10-under-par and will be in Saturday's final pairing with 23-year-old Jason Day, who shot the day's low round, an 8-under-par 64. Day is alone in second at 8-under.
Rory McIlroy roared to an opening 7-under-par 65 in the morning and finished the first round of the Masters Tournament tied with Spaniard Alvaro Quiros, who closed with three birdies down the stretch.
Four kids from Northern Ireland were tossing a football in the streets of a quiet Augusta neighborhood, until the cranky old neighbor yelled at them to keep it down.
Timing is everything, and Rory McIlroy's was just off at last year's Masters Tournament. Still smarting from soreness in his back that cropped up two months earlier during the European Tour spin through the Middle East, McIlroy missed the cut in his second start at Augusta National Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy's teenage debut at Augusta National Golf Club was memorable. He surged into the top five Friday through 33 holes. McIlroy left his first Masters Tournament thirsting for more in what he calls his "favorite golf event."
It took two phone calls Friday night to coax Rory McIlroy back down Magnolia Lane to explain one of the last actions of a final few holes of golf he was doing his best to forget.
What a kick Rory McIlroy has been at Augusta.
While one teen was charging up the leaderboard, another began to slip on the back nine. A third was playing catchup in an attempt to make the cut.
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