Masters countdown – 5 days to go: A look back at Rory McIlroy’s 2011 Augusta National collapse
Rory McIlroy is still waiting to claim his place in golf’s Grand Slam club after missing a glorious chance to secure it with his final-round collapse at Augusta National, which is now 10 years ago.
The then 21-year-old had shared the first-round advantage in the 2011 Masters thanks to a seven-under 65 and found himself armed with a four-shot lead on Saturday after maintaining his impressive start to the week with a third-round 70.
Bogeying the par-four first on Sunday was a sign of things to come for the Northern Irishman, who reached the turn clinging on to a one-stroke advantage but saw his chances of victory unravel over the space of four holes.
A triple-bogey at the 10th was followed by a three-putt bogey from less than 10 feet at the next, before taking four putts to double-bogey the 12th.
McIlroy’s misery worsened when he yanked his drive at 13 into Rae’s Creek, eventually closing with an eight-over 80 as Charl Schwartzel took the Green Jacket.
“It all went a bit pear-shaped,” was how McIlroy, who finished tied for 15th, summed up his Sunday afternoon nightmare. He was not wrong.
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