AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Every Masters champ seems to have a shot or a moment on Sunday that is spectacular.
Bubba Watson's hooking wedge out of the Woods on the 10th hole last year; Charl Schwartzel's four straight birdies to close the year before; Phil Mickelson out of the trees and pine straw on the par-5 13th in 2010.
Sunday, Jason Day holed out for eagle on the par-5 second, jarring a bunker shot to a short pin with the ball traveling about the speed of a putt as it gently tumbled in.
The shot moved Day to the top of the leaderboard at 8 under and could become the shot of the tournament should the 25-year-old go on to end Australia's drought here at the Masters.
Day, who tied for second here two years ago, played his first two holes in 3 under, opening with a birdie on the first.
He has company, however, with Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera also at 8 under -- Snedeker after a birdie on the difficult first, Cabrera after one on the second.
Alone in fourth is Adam Scott at 6 under after a birdie on the third. Scott also finished second here two years ago.
As for Tiger Woods, he opened with four straight pars, missing birdie opportunities on three of the holes, before a bogey on the fifth to drop to 2 under.
Guan Tianlang closed with a solid 65 at the Masters on Sunday.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Guan Tianlang finally might have time to do some homework tonight. The eighth-grader has been pretty busy, though, playing practice rounds with World Golf Hall of Famers and making the cut at the 77th Masters Tournament.
The 14-year-old from China earned an invitational to the season's first major when he won the Asia-Pacific Amateur last year. He'll leave with a ton of memories, as well as the silver bowl that goes to the low amateur.
Asked if he was impressed by his accomplishment, Guan smiled.
"It's not easy to play here, to make the cut and be low amateur," he said. "I think I did a pretty good job this week and can't believe it's over."
Guan's week started in a practice round with the man he shyly calls "Mr. Ben Crenshaw," who also joined him in the first two rounds of competition. The Texan told the teen to "play my own game and have fun" and that's exactly what he did.
A slow-play penalty on Friday caused some anxious moments as Guan finished 36 holes on the cut line. Had Jason Day, playing in the final group, birdied one of his last two holes, Guan would have been among those eliminated.
When the Aussie parred in, though, Guan knew he'd be around for the weekend, and as the lone amateur making the cut he'll be visiting the Butler Cabin for an interview on CBS at the end of Sunday's broadcast.
"It's such a great week for me and I enjoy it so far and learned a lot," said Guan, who shot rounds of 73-75-77-75 and never made anything higher than a bogey on one of the game's most demanding courses.
Guan isn't sure when he'll return to China. He said he has some invitations to consider -- although he declined to be more specific. He also is considering trying to qualify for the U.S. Open. Regardless, don't look for him to join the pro ranks any time soon.
"I've not decided yet, but it won't be too early because there's still a lot of things to learn to improve," Guan said. "So nothing to rush."
Guan said he was most nervous when he was standing on the first tee on Thursday -- "but just a little bit," the remarkably poised teen said. "I didn't feel too bad. And I hit a great tee shot and then just do my routine and just take like a normal shot."
Guan will need to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur to get a return trip to Georgia. But he has his sights set on a much bigger prize -- Guan said earlire in the week he thinks he can with the Masters someday.
"As soon as possible," Guan said with a smile.
Until then, there's still lots to savor. Guan took several minutes to think when someone asked what stood out the most about his week in Augusta.
"I would say, I think this is my first time to play in front of all the people here, all the Patrons, and they were really nice to me and I appreciate them coming here watching me," Guan said. "I mean, that's very nice."
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A quick look at some of the early finishers in Sunday's final round of the Masters:
> Rory McIlroy: Rebounded from his third-round 79 by shooting 10 shots better with a 3-under 69 to finish at 2 over for the tournament. McIlroy birdied three of the four par-5s and suffered just one bogey.
> Phil Mickelson: Shot a 1-over 73, his third consecutive round over par after he opened with a 1-under 71 on Thursday. Mickelson again struggled on the back nine -- in the last three rounds, he shot 40-40-38 on the back nine. He finished at 9 over.
> Keegan Bradley: After his third-round 82, Bradley rebounded with a 3-under 69, 13 strokes better. Like Mickelson, he finished at 9 over.
> David Toms: Shot a 5-under 67, with four birdies in his last six holes, to finish at 1 under. For Toms, that's his lowest score at Augusta National since his first appearance here in 1998, when he shot 64 in the final round. Sunday's 67 was just the third time in his last 48 rounds that he's shot in the 60s.
> Michael Thompson: Like Toms, he also shot a 67, 12 strokes better than the previous day, to finish the tournament at 2 over.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Kevin Na made history two years ago with a 16 on the ninth hole at TPC San Antonio during the first round of the Valero Texas Open.
Sunday, he added to that dubious honor with a 10 on the par-3 12th hole Augusta National after hitting his tee shot into the water three consecutive times.
"It happens," said Na, who hit 8-iron all three times. "I went for the flag, obviously you're not supposed to, but I'm back of the field, trying to make a birdie, maybe a 1.
"I hit a bad shot and I wanted to try it again and hit another bad one. There was no point in me going to the drop zone. Plus, the drop zone it's actually a very difficult shot with the right pin. You have no room to work with."
Na's not-so-perfect 10 was the highest single-hole score recorded this week, surpassing Hiroyuki Fujita's 9 on the par-5 13th in the second round.
Give Na credit, though. He tipped his cap to the crowd after putting out.
The highest-ever score recorded on No. 12 was a 13 by Tom Weiskopf in 1980, which also matches the highest single-hole score in Masters history.
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The last three times Tiger Woods has entered the final round of the Masters inside the top 10 on the leaderboard, he has produced a round in the 60s.
That includes his 5-under 67 two years ago when he started ninth but eventually finished tied for fourth.
That 67 is his lowest final round in 18 starts at Augusta National. He may need to shoot lower, though, to have any chance of making up the four shots in which he currently trails co-leaders, Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera.
In his four Masters wins, Tiger entered the final round with the lead.
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The final pairing of the day won't tee off for another 40 minutes, but there is already a group making a move its direction.
A large line of storms is headed toward Augusta National with the forecast calling for a 45 percent chance of percipitation around 5 p.m. -- or right around the time the last twosome will make its turn to the back nine.
The last Masters to finish on a Monday was in 1983 when an entire round was lost to weather.
Here's a look at the radar map:
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Angel Cabrera learned the game as a caddy at Cordoba Golf in Villa Allende in his native Argentina.
And the man who shares the final-round lead at the 77th Masters with Brandt Snedeker is headed back there next week to play in a PGA TOUR Latinoamerica event there.
Cabrera, who is bidding for his second Green Jacket, has won the Abierto OSDE Del Centro seven times in its 82-year-old history. Those wins came in a seven-year span, including consecutively in 2005, '06 and '07, and he shot a course-record 60 in his 2001 victory.
He and his mentor Eduardo Romero have reconstructed all 18 greens at the course over the last two years. Mindful of his roots, Cabrera also donated money to build a comfortable caddy shack.
Two-time Masters champ Bernhard Langer enters the final round in the top 10. (Redington/Getty Images)
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Bernhard Langer enters Sunday's final round of the Masters tied for ninth. It's the first time in nine years that Langer has entered any round at Augusta National inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.
Langer was still playing on the PGA TOUR back then. Now he's 55 years old and a dominant force on the Champions Tour. He's five shots off the lead, but if he can conjure up a bit of magic like he's done twice before at the Masters ... well, who knows.
The German-born Langer knows it's difficult for a senior player to win a major on a long golf course like Augusta National.
"But at the same time, I say it's going to happen that a senior player is going to win a major championship," said Langer, who won the Masters in 1985 and 1993. "Tom Watson almost did it obviously on a lot shorter golf course (Turnberry in 2009). Fred Couples can do it any given moment, and there's a few of us that might do it too."
Despite his dominance on the Champions Tour -- 17 wins, including the ACE Group Classic earlier this year -- Langer hasn't exactly been productive in recent years at Augusta National. He's missed the cut in his last six appearances and had not shot a round in the 60s in his last 17 rounds coming into this week.
He still hasn't dipped into the 60s, but his rounds of 71-71-72 this week leave him at 2 under. He enters the final round tied with England's Lee Westwood as low European.
And there's only one way he will treat Sunday's final round.
"Play as attacking as I possibly can," Langer said. "I'm very aggressive, at times overaggressive, and it cost me a couple of times, but at other times it paid off, so that's just the way the golf course is.
"This course is too hard for me to play safe."
UPDATE (2:35 P.M. ET) -- Langer has started his round with three consecutive birdies. That moves him to 5 under, just two shots off the lead with Snedeker and Cabrera about to tee off.
UPDATE (5:05 P.M. ET) -- After his fast start, Langer has fallen back. He is 5 over on his first four holes on the back nine, with a bogey at the 10th and double bogeys at the 12th and 13th holes.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- As we wait for co-leaders Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera to tee off at 2:40 p.m. ET in the final group of the 77th Masters Tournament, here are some interesting nuggets to ponder.
>>> The lowest final round at Augusta National is a 64, shot five times -- by Maurice Bembridge (1974, T9); Hale Irwin (1975/T4), Gary Player (1978/Win), Greg Norman (1988/T5) and David Toms (1998/T6).
>>> The lowest round ever at Augusta National is 63. Nick Price shot his in the third round of the 1986 Masters while Greg Norman fired a 63 in the third round 10 years later.
>>> Cabrera and Snedeker are the only two players who have a chance to break par in every round of the 77th Masters. The feat has been accomplished 50 times by 37 different players. Tiger has done it four times -- more than anyone else -- but Cabrera has posted four sub-par rounds twice, in his 2009 victory and again in 2011. Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar each did it in 2011.
>>> Snedeker is bidding to become the 13th player to win the Masters who first competed at Augusta National as an amateur. He was low amateur in 2004 when he tied for 41st, the year after he won the U.S. Amateur Public Links. The most recent to do so? Trevor Immelman, who won the Publinx in 1998, finished 56th at Augusta National in 1999 and went on to win the Masters in 2008.
>>> The largest comeback after 54 holes is eight strokes -- accomplished by Jackie Burke in 1956. Interestingly, the last three winners did not own the lead entering the final round. In fact, Bubba Watson (2012), Charl Schwartzel (2011) and Phil Mickelson (2010) did not lead after any of the first three rounds.
>>> The last winner who shot over par in the final round? That was Immelman, who shot a 75 but still won by three strokes.
>>> There have been 16 playoffs, including eight in sudden death, most recently Watson's win over Louis Oosthuizen on the second extra hole.
By PGATOUR.COM staff
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- In 1996, Greg Norman was on his way to becoming the first Australian to win the Masters until hiis heartbreaking final-round collapse dropped him to second behind winner Nick Faldo.
With three Australians - Adam Scott, Jason Day and Marc Leishman -- breathing down the necks of co-leaders Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera going into Sunday's final round at Augusta National, Norman will certainly be cheering on his countrymen to end the Aussie drought. (Click here for story)
Since Norman's runner-up finish in 1996, here is the list of low Aussies who have followed him at the Masters. Do you think one of the Aussies will win Sunday? Fill out the form below to join the discussion.
|Year||Low Aussie||Final position|
|1997||Steve Elkington||Tied for 12th|
|2001||Stuart Appleby||Tied for 31st|
|2002||Adam Scott||Tied for 4th|
|2003||Adam Scott||Tied for 23rd|
|2004||Stephen Leaney||Tied for 17th|
|2005||Mark Hensby, Rod Pampling||Tied for 3rd|
|2006||Geoff Ogilvy, Rod Pampling||Tied for 16th|
|2007||Stuart Appleby||Tied for 7th|
|2008||Stuart Appleby||Tied for 14th|
|2009||Geoff Ogilvy||Tied for 15th|
|2010||Adam Scott||Tied for 18th|
|2011||Adam Scott, Jason Day||Tied for 2nd|
|2012||Adam Scott||Tied for 8th|