Poor start again costs McIlroy chance for major glory


In 89 previous Masters rounds, Woods had made worse than a bogey just three times - two double bogeys and a triple.

Im Sung-jae, who this week played his first-ever round at Augusta National, is suddenly a threat to pull off a historic victory at the Masters.

McIlroy finished with a three-under par 69 to share fifth place on 11-under, nine strokes behind victor Dustin Johnson.

"The first major's the hardest, but then I would say the second one is just as hard". The last group was finishing up its 15th hole.

This was a very imperfect 10 for Tiger Woods.

Johnson, a runner-up in three of the past six majors including last year's Masters, has taken advantage of rain-softened conditions to be aggressive when opportunities allow.

AUGUSTA, Ga. - After Tiger Woods made his worst score ever on a hole in his professional career - a 10 at Augusta National's par-3 12th hole during the final round of the Masters - his longtime caddie, Joe LaCava, took the big-picture view of the situation.

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With his lead down to one shot, Johnson bounced back with a birdie at the par-3 sixth.

Johnson later had a two-putt birdie at the par-five eighth but Smith, in the group ahead, was not ready to give up the fight. He became the first golfer to shoot multiple 65's in a single Masters, while tying Jordan Spieth (2015) for the lowest 54-hole score (200). It was his third-longest streak without a bogey in a major championship, bested only by historic performances at the 2000 Open Championship (37 holes) and then the 2000 U.S. Open (22 holes).

It wasn't completely smooth sailing for Johnson on Sunday, as he struggled on holes 4 and 5, recording back-to-back bogeys.

"Numerous factors that were in play, but to have all this adversity and to still finish it off somewhat decent and be under par for the week is great, even though I feel like I shot 15 over for the week, really, to to be honest with you".

"I was close out there, didn't get putts to fall, overall, fairly pleased", Conners said after his third round. "I couldn't be more happy and I think I look pretty good in green, too".

He misread the wind and put his tee shot into Rae's Creek in front of the green.

Sungjae Im, the fantastic ball-striker from South Korea who won his first PGA TOUR title two weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down, birdied the last hole for 68 and Mexican Abraham Ancer saved par on the 18th for a 69. Most recently, he had a one-shot lead at Harding Park in the PGA Championship this summer, closed with a 68 and lost to a 64 by Collin Morikawa. You've got to kind of be a picker.