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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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Van Pelt: On 13 I hit my second shot off the pine needles really close. Luke laid up and then stuffed his shot. That's a great amphitheater down there, and the people were getting really loud. As we're walking to the green, Tiger hit his second shot into 15. People don't realize how close that green is to the 13th. So the people on 15 started going nuts. Then everyone at 13 figured out what had happened, and they started going nuts. It was the first time in my life all the hairs on my arm stood up. I've heard people talk about that, but I didn't believe it. Then it happened. I told my caddie, "This is the stuff you can't buy."

Van Pelt and Donald both hole their putts. Up ahead at 15, Woods is lining up a four-footer for eagle that would give him sole possession of the lead, but he misses badly.

Ogilvy: I was surprised it happened once. Couldn't believe it happened again.

Woods, regarding his missed putts at 12 and 15: A pull and a block. That's about it.

Woods regroups to make the comebacker for birdie.

Choi flies the green with his tee shot on 12 and fails to get up and down, dropping him out of a share of the lead.

Choi: I was playing for a fade, and it didn't fade. If you miss that green, chipping is very tough. At some Masters you can make bogeys and recover. At this Masters too many people were making birdies.

On the 11th hole McIlroy plays a gutsy approach at the flag, tucked not far from the water. But he misses his birdie putt and then the two-foot comebacker.

McIlroy: I sort of unraveled. I lost a lot of confidence in my putting around the turn. I didn't really get anything going and was sort of second-guessing lines and second-guessing my speed. On these greens you can't do that.

Cabrera finds the back bunker with his tee shot at the 12th hole and makes bogey. He will never again have a share of the lead. Amen Corner has exacted its toll.

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