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Charl Schwartzel wins The Masters

Yesterday Augusta was the scene for one of the most thrilling climaxes to a Masters tournament ever played, with enough drama to fill 10 Hollywood blockbusters, and one of the most heartbreaking melt downs imaginable.

South African Charl Schwartzel donned the green jacket, 50 years after countryman Gary Player became the first foreigner to win the tournament, after a late surge that included birdies on each of the last four holes, while Rory McIlroy, who led for three rounds, collapsed on the back nine.

The Northern Irishman hit a triple bogey, bogey and double bogey from the tenth hole, dashing his hopes of a first major in a flash, reminding viewers of Greg Norman’s debilitating collapse on the same course in 1996. At one point it looked as though we might be heading for a four-way play-off, including the 10-under Tiger Woods, but the South African pipped them all at the post, finishing 14-under par.

‘I was getting tight going down the 15th and realised I had to do something,’ said Schwartzel. ‘I hit a really good tee shot on 15, that left me only a six-iron in, that birdie was really important. From there I got my focus and kept calm.

‘It was such an exciting day. There were so many roars and the atmosphere was just incredible. It was just a phenomenal day.’

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