Masters recap 2011

A summary of the 2011 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia

Charl Schwartzel

In 2011, Augusta National was host to one of the most

scintillating final rounds in Major championship history.

Rory McIlroy's distressing final round collapse opened the

door to the chasing pack, with eight players in with a legitimate chance of

victory at one stage during Sunday's back nine.

South African Charl Schwartzel ultimately reigned supreme,

thanks largely to a remarkable finish that saw him birdie his final four holes.

Schwartzel was four shots off the lead

after the first round, held by Rory McIlroy and big-hitting Spaniard Alvaro

Quiros, who both returned 65s.

On Friday, Tiger Woods rose through the

field with a six-under-par 66 to sit alongside Korean K.J. Choi in a tie for

third on seven-under-par.

The tenacious Australian Jason Day held

sole possession of second place on eight-under-par after a serene, bogey free

second round of 64.

They were all chasing McIlroy, who fired a

second-round 69 to reach the halfway stage at ten-under-par.

He extended his lead by a further shot

after a Saturday 70, but it was

about to go horribly wrong.

Pressure was building on McIlroy before he

started his final round. Schwartzel holed a lengthy pitch and run for birdie on

one, before spinning his second at the par-4 3rd into the cup for

an eagle.

He finished his front nine on

ten-under-par, as Woods. The former world number one birdied two,

three, six and seven, before a phenomenal second to the par-5 8th set up eagle.

McIlroy's slender lead was obliterated

after a triple-bogey on ten and double on 12.

As he fell, many others started making

birdies and vying for position atop the leaderboard.

Adam Scott, Angel Cabrera, Day, Choi and Schwartzel

were all tied for the lead at one stage during the middle of the back nine.

Ahead, Geoff Ogilvy, who had five birdies in a row from the 12th, Luke Donald,

who chipped in for birdie on 18, and Woods were all tied for the clubhouse lead

on ten-under-par, as Bo Van Pelt eagled both 13 and 15 to add his name to the

list of contenders.

Schwartzel started his surge to the finish

line by making birdie on 15, before repeating the feat on 16 and 17. Day valiantly

made a three on 18 to reduce the deficit to one, but Schwartzel's riposte was

yet another birdie, earning himself the Green Jacket and ending a remarkable

day of Major Championship golf.

2011 Masters recap

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x