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Hideki Matsuyama: In his fourth Masters, Matsuayama matched the world’s No. 1 player, Rory McIlroy, with the low final round. Four birdies and an eagle helped the Japanese player shoot a 6-under-par 66 for the fourth round and 277 total. Not bad for someone who just turned 23 in February. Matsuyama missed the cut here last year in his first time in the Masters as a professional.
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Charley Hoffman: Playing in the next-to-last group with Phil Mickelson, the 38-year-old finally faded away after three strong rounds. He was doomed by a shaky putter, the kiss of death on Augusta’s devilish greens.
On the course with ...
Bubba Watson: After hammering a 338-yard drive on No. 2, he hit his 230-yard approach to 2 feet, barely missing a double eagle. “I was just in between a 6-iron and 5-iron. I was waiting for this gust of wind, so then we went with a 5-iron and I hit it perfect.”
Jordan Spieth was reminded of how far he has come, and how quickly, when he stood on the first tee with a four-shot lead and history in his hands. His caddie, Michael Greller, reminded him that the Texas golf team was playing a match in California. This would be Spieth’s senior year. “He said, ‘Face it: Aren’t you glad you’re here instead of there?’ ” Spieth said with a smile. It was a light moment in an arena of high pressure.
• Rory McIlroy is still No. 1 in the world by a reasonable margin. Spieth is now No. 2. It’s the first time players 25 or younger have been Nos. 1-2 in the world.
• Phil Mickelson secured his first runner-up finish at the Masters, adding that to his three championships and five third-place finishes.
• Mickelson now has 10 second-place finishes in the majors.
Par-3, 170-yard No. 16: Justin Rose was four shots back and running out of holes when he missed a 15-footer for birdie. Jordan Spieth hit his tee shot over the green, chipped up, and sank an 8-footer for par to keep the margin the same.
Quote of the day
“Playing with Jordan, he’s going to sort of fly the flag for golf for quite a while. People were getting excited about that out there. You could tell.”
— Justin Rose
See you in June
The next major is the U.S. Open from June 18-21 at Chambers Bay in Washington.