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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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Schwartzel: I had exactly 114 yards, which was a perfect sand wedge for me. I've played so many practice rounds there, I knew you had to hit it up the right side and let the spin take it. We can't see anything from back where I was, you simply feel it from the crowd. You could hear it getting closer and closer, and it disappeared.

McIlroy: There was a big roar at the 3rd for Charl, and I knew, That's my lead gone!

Schwartzel: When I holed the second shot on 3, that's when I thought, Jeez, this could be something. There were 15 holes left, and I was all square. From that moment on it was fully on for a win.

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ACT II TIGER TIME

Woods's early momentum is blunted by a three-putt bogey on the 4th hole. On the par-3 6th he plays a sweeping draw that lands on the right edge of the green and spins across the putting surface to within eight feet of the hole, setting up a birdie that pushes him to seven under.

Ogilvy: When you're playing the 5th hole you can't see the 6th, but you can hear it. We could tell Tiger had done something pretty special. Then we were in the 7th fairway when he made the putt up on that green. Two birdies in a row—you could feel it building. I don't think Tiger wants to be considered a setup man, but he made the day what it was with his front nine. No one else can bring that kind of electricity to a golf course. No one.

Woods: I wasn't thinking about putting pressure specifically on Rory, I simply knew that I had to make a move. I wanted to get off to a good start and hopefully have a chance to win on the back nine.

When Schwartzel three-putts from 100 feet at the 4th hole, McIlroy regains the solo lead. Woods is three back playing the par-5 8th.

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