South African Charl Schwartzel became the 75th Masters champion, outlasting Aussies Jason Day and Adam Scott by two strokes. Schwartzel had an amazing final round of 66 and ending up with -14 for the tournament. Going -6 on Sunday propelled him to the top passing up 21 year-old leader Rory Mcillroy, who shot 80 on Sunday, finishing at a tie for 15th. Tiger Woods who began 7 strokes behind, was tied for the lead halfway through his last round, and shot a 67, finishing four strokes behind Schwartzel.
Charl Schwartzel won his first major championship sunday.
The 2011 Masters kicked off at Augusta National Golf Club Thursday and offers another exciting weekend for golf. In the season’s first major championship, Rory McIlroy, from Northern Ireland, took a three stroke lead after the first round, at 7 under par. McIlroy is youngest leader in the 75 year history of the tournament, and reached -10 during the second round. Tiger Woods finished five strokes behind Thursday, and was at -5 during his second round. K.J. Choi who was five strokes behind as well after the first day, fired a 69 in round 2 to reach -7. Jason Day of Austrailia is at -8 after a solid second round. The projected cut is to be at +1.
Painting of the 12th hole, part of Amen Corner, at Augusta National
The Connecticut Huskies were able to outlast the Butler Bulldogs in an offensive struggle, 53-41 in the National Championship Monday. Connecticut was able to finish the year strong, winning 11 consecutive postseason games to earn a Big East Championship, and then a National Championship. For coach Jim Calhoun, it’s his third National Title. On the other hand, the Butler Bulldogs finished as runner-ups for the second year in a row. Both teams struggled offensively the entire game. However Butler’s field goal percentage was 19%, setting a dubious National championship record. UConn’s shooting wasn’t pretty either, at 35%. As a team with nine losses, lots of remarks are being made about whether the “best” team won the championship. But it seems that Connecticut proved their case and then some, winning 11 consecutive games in the postseason, including wins over San Diego State, Arizona, Louisville, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, and so on… as if a National Championship isn’t enough.