Day 4 at Augusta
Keep that card
Jordan Spieth: You never really thought the 24-year-old Texan was out of contention, did you? Spieth began the day nine shots back but made five birdies on the front nine to get to 10 under. He tied Patrick Reed at 14 under with a birdie at 16 but clipped a tree limb and finished with a bogey to cap a 64. That’s still tied for the best Sunday score in Masters history.
Toss that card
Rory McIlroy: Three front-nine bogeys derailed any chance McIlroy had of winning the green jacket and completing the career grand slam. His final-round 74 started with an unforced error at No. 3, where he spun his approach shot off the front of the green. Then he missed a 5-foot par putt on No. 5 and followed with an errant tee shot at No. 8.
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Paul Casey: With all eyes on the top of the leaderboard Sunday, plenty was missed elsewhere. That included Casey’s run through Amen Corner. The Englishman played the famed three-hole stretch in eight shots — two birdies and an eagle. He chipped in from off the green on No. 11, drained a 20-foot downhill putt on No. 12 and put the exclamation mark on the stretch when he put his approach shot on No. 13 from 220 yards away within 12 feet for eagle. “I was giggling to myself because I was hoping they were going to put my name on the leaderboard,” said Casey, who started the day 16 shots out of the lead.
Charley Hoffman made it a three-peat. For the third straight year, a player made a hole-in-one at the 170-yard 16th hole. Hoffman’s ace on Sunday was nearly a disaster. His shot off the tee flirted with the bunker left of the green, only to catch a fortuitous kick that sent the ball right into the hole. Hoffman’s playing partner was Tony Finau, who dislocated his ankle celebrating a hole-in-one during the Par-3 Contest. Matt Kuchar had a hole-in-one in 2017, while three players did it in 2016.
• Webb Simpson eagled Nos. 7 and 8 on his way to a 5-under 67. It’s just the fourth time in Masters history a player made eagle on back-to-back holes.
• Henrik Stenson, 42, was the only player in the final three groups not in his 20s.
• For the first time, Tiger Woods (T32) and Phil Mickelson (T36) both finished outside of the top 10 in the same Masters.
• Patrick Reed is the only Masters winner in the past 30 years who did not make a Sunday birdie on a par-5.
Par-4, 465-yard No. 18: The finishing hole set up all the drama. Reed won with a testy two-putt above the hole. Rickie Fowler put the pressure on Reed by making a birdie right before that. And at the tee, it also essentially knocked Spieth out of contention when his drive clipped a tree branch.
Quote of the day
“I missed it. I really did. I missed playing out here. I missed competing against these guys.”
— Tiger Woods, after completing 72 holes in a major for the first time in three years.
Tweet of the day
“Those 3 young men coming down stretch were sensational! That was one of the best @TheMasters I’ve ever seen!”
— Six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus, taking to social media to praise Reed, Fowler and Spieth (@jacknicklaus).
All eyes turn to Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island, site of the U.S. Open from June 14-17.