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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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McIlroy: That's sort of the turning point of the round. If I got it up and down, I would have gotten a lot of momentum. When I didn't, it sort of felt as if it might not be my day.

LEADERS

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ACT III AMEN

Choi: The 10th hole at Augusta is long and tough. The 11th hole is long and tough. You get to 12, and it's so short. But it's the toughest hole of them all.

After textbook pars on 10 and 11, Woods plays a cautious tee shot on the 12th, 30 feet left of the flag. He misses the birdie putt and then the 2½-foot comebacker.

Ogilvy: I remember thinking, Wow, that never happens. Or maybe the way to say it is, That never used to happen.

Laird: That hole was in a funky position on Sunday. I missed a short one there too. Guys were missing three- or four-footers all day. The hole was sitting on a funny little slope, and guys couldn't get it in the hole for some reason.

On 13, Woods hits a perfect drive around the corner, leaving only 187 yards to the flag, downwind. But he yanks his approach left of the green and is doomed to make a costly par.

Woods: The seven-iron I hit in there was a terrible shot. Twelve and 13 were huge because I had all the momentum and everything was going my way.

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