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BEST SUNDAY EVER
ALAN SHIPNUCK
April 02, 2012
For three rounds the 2011 Masters was a one-man show, as Rory McIlroy forged a four-stroke lead. Sunday was supposed to be his star turn, but when McIlroy stumbled, the day turned into a free-for-all. Here's how the 10 protagonists remember the sweeping drama, which unfolded in five acts
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April 02, 2012

Best Sunday Ever

For three rounds the 2011 Masters was a one-man show, as Rory McIlroy forged a four-stroke lead. Sunday was supposed to be his star turn, but when McIlroy stumbled, the day turned into a free-for-all. Here's how the 10 protagonists remember the sweeping drama, which unfolded in five acts

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Day makes his putt to tie Scott for the clubhouse lead at 12 under. So as Schwartzel stands in the 18th fairway, he knows a par will win the green jacket.

Schwartzel: We had only 130 yards to the flag, which was an absolute perfect wedge for me, which also made it easier knowing that it's a stock, standard wedge. We hit thousands of wedges in our lives. You sort of think back on those, all of the good ones you've hit. I felt good over it.

He knocks it to 15 feet and then makes the putt, his fourth birdie in a row in an unprecedented finishing flourish for a Masters champion.

Schwartzel: At that stage there was a release of tension from all that pressure coming off my back. You have been concentrating so hard just trying to hold yourself together. That moment with my arms in the air is such a blur. Looking at the photographs now, I can't even tell you exactly what I was thinking. The adrenaline is so high. You realize what you have done, but to take in the importance of it all is not possible.

Choi: Birdie. Birdie. Birdie. Birdie. Oh, O.K., that is how you're supposed to do it! That was unbelievable golf. It was an honor to play with him. Very calm, very generous, very kind. I have a lot of respect for him. Very gracious man.

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EPILOGUE REFLECTIONS

Day: The atmosphere was unbelievable. It was everything that you expect of Augusta National and the Masters, times a hundred.

Ogilvy: I wasn't there in 1986, but there's no way it was louder. People were cheering for Jack, sure, but it was all concentrated on one hole. Here, there were outbursts all over the course. Constantly. Someone was always doing something spectacular. It was a magical day of golf. To be part of it, even for a little while, was as thrilling as it gets.

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