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April 10 2011

8:49 PM

What if there’s a playoff?

AUGUSTA, Ga. – A Masters that once had the makings of a runaway now has the look of a potential playoff.

Granted, the final group still has nine holes to play – the same ones where the Masters begins each Sunday. But there are six players now within two shots of the lead held by Rory McIlroy at 11 under.

If there is a playoff, it would start at No. 18 and continue, if need be, at No. 10. And it would be the 15th playoff in Masters history and the first since Angel Cabrera beat Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in 2009.

Oh, by the way, Cabrera is paired with McIlroy and he trails by one. The Argentine is tied with Charl Schwartzel and K.J. Choi at 10 under. Tiger Woods, Luke Donald and Adam Scott at 9 under while Jason Day is another shot behind.

There have never been more than three players involved in a playoff at Augusta National. The first Masters playoff was a 36-hole affair while the next five went 18 holes before the format was switched to sudden death in 1976.

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