The Masters: Rory McIlroy claims second place after ‘incredible’ 64 close at Augusta National | Golf News


McIlroy came out of the bunker on the 72nd hole to post a final round 64 and take second place at Augusta National; Scottie Scheffler notches fourth win in six starts with impressive three-stroke win at Masters

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Rory McIlroy had a majestic run of 64, one shy of the Augusta course record.

Rory McIlroy had a majestic run of 64, one shy of the Augusta course record.

Rory McIlroy was proud of how he made a late charge for an unexpected Masters win and earned his career-best result at Augusta National.

McIlroy’s hopes of finishing the career Grand Slam have effectively come to an end after posting 73 straight shots in the first two days, with the four-time major champion still 10 shots behind leader Scottie Scheffler after a 71 in the third round.

The former world No. 1 climbed the standings by following five birdies in his first ten holes with an eagle-three on the 13th par five, taking him to seven under for the round, with a spectacular bunker hole on the last securing a round of day 64.

Watch playing partners Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa birdie from the 72nd hole bunker!

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Watch playing partners Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa birdie from the 72nd hole bunker!

Watch playing partners Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa birdie from the 72nd hole bunker!

“I tried hard and I can’t ask myself anything more,” McIlroy said. “I went today, shot my best score in Augusta and it will be my best ever result. Probably not good enough, but I’ll be back next year and I’ll keep trying.”

The Northern Irishman made the dream start to the final day with a birdie on the first hole and drove the par-four third green on his way to take another shot, with back-to-back birdies from the seventh seeing him reach the 32 turn.

McIlroy started his back nine with a birdie and rolled into a ten-foot eagle after a superb approach into the par-five 13th, bringing it to seven under for his turn and increasing the possibility of the first ’62 turn’ of the game. history of the Masters.

Rory McIlroy eagles the 13th to go to SEVEN under for his final round and put the pressure on the leaders!

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Rory McIlroy eagles the 13th to go to SEVEN under for his final round and put the pressure on the leaders!

Rory McIlroy eagles the 13th to go to SEVEN under for his final round and put the pressure on the leaders!

Any chance of a record score was halted when his drive found the trees at the par five 15th, forcing him to lay down and settle for a par, although his incredible birdie on the 72nd hole saw him close a bogey-free. last day in style and set the clubhouse goal at seven under.

“Do you dream of putting yourself in a position [major contention]”, McIlroy added. “I wasn’t close enough to the lead, I don’t think. scottie [Scheffler] plays really, really well. To play as well as today and finish like this, I mean, it’s just amazing.

Rory McIlroy ends his incredible final round with a brilliant bunker shot for a birdie to give the club the lead at seven under.

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Rory McIlroy ends his incredible final round with a brilliant bunker shot for a birdie to give the club the lead at seven under.

Rory McIlroy ends his incredible final round with a brilliant bunker shot for a birdie to give the club the lead at seven under.

“This tournament never ceases to amaze. Yeah, that’s as happy as I’ve ever been on a golf course right there. Just to have a chance, then with Collin [Morikawa]we both played so well all day, and for both of us to finish like this, I was so happy for him too.”

McIlroy’s performance is his best in 14 attempts at Augusta National, beating fourth place in 2015, with the good week his best showing at a major since his second Open tie in 2018.

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Cameron Smith finished five points off the pace in tied third alongside Ireland’s Shane Lowry, who rebounded from a triple bogey at fourth-par four to score a five-under 67 and also finish the week on five-under.

Cameron Smith's hopes of a first major title at the Masters crumbled at the infamous 12th with a triple bogey.

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Cameron Smith’s hopes of a first major title at the Masters crumbled at the infamous 12th with a triple bogey.

Cameron Smith’s hopes of a first major title at the Masters crumbled at the infamous 12th with a triple bogey.

“Finishing like I did is very nice,” Lowry said. “Yeah, it’s going to be one of those where it’s like so close and so far. I don’t know how many chances you’ll have to win the green jacket.

“It’s a bit of a disappointing feeling right now, but obviously my finish was really good and I played some good golf all week.

“The big thing I can take away from the last two days competing here is how comfortable I felt on the golf course. I’m proud of the way I behaved and especially when the things went against me today. To shoot five pennies for the last 13 holes was pretty good.”




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