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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 -11 3
MCILROY -11 2
CABRERA -9 2
DONALD -8 4
DAY -8 3
SCOTT -8 3
CHOI -8 2

PROLOGUE SUNDAY JITTERS

Bo Van Pelt: It's an amazing feeling to wake up on Sunday in Augusta with a chance to win the Masters. You've grown up watching it on TV, you've dreamed about it your whole career ... you're trying not to be too giddy.

Luke Donald: It feels as if it takes forever for your tee time to come. I spent the whole time playing with [daughter] Elle, which is a wonderful distraction. But if you're a young, single guy by yourself, the minutes crawl by. It's brutal. And if you're sitting on a four-shot lead, I can imagine the pressure builds and builds.

McIlroy: [Favorite rugby team] Ulster was playing in the quarterfinals of the Heineken Cup, and I watched it on TV. But even after that, I still had time to kill. I remember thinking if I turned on ESPN, I was on TV. If I turned on Golf Channel, all I could hear were people talking about me. I learned after that not to watch television, go on Twitter or anything like that. That's something Greg Norman said to me after the Masters: Any little outside influence you let into your bubble can be detrimental.

TEE TIMES FOR THE FINAL ROUND

1:40 p.m. Tiger Woods (-5), Martin Laird (-3)

1:50 p.m. Geoff Ogilvy (-5), Fred Couples (-5)

2:00 p.m. Bubba Watson (-5), Ross Fisher (-5)

2:10 p.m. Donald (-7), Van Pelt (--6)

2:20 p.m. Jason Day (-8), Adam Scott (-7)

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