“Monday Scorecard” usually looks back at the biggest stories from the past seven days, but IT’S MASTERS WEEK! We’re making an exception and looking back at the past decade at the iconic Augusta National.
Here’s how the last 10 Masters rank:
10. 2009 – Cabrera makes history
Angel Cabrera‘s playoff win over Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry in 2009 doesn’t rekindle any fond memories. The trio finished at 12-under after 72 holes, two ahead of Japan’s Shingo Katayama. Phil Mickelson (-9) and Tiger Woods (-8) finished inside the top 10 but were seven shots off the pace entering Sunday’s final round.
Score: Double-bogey. Cabrera becoming the first South American player to win at Augusta is a nice story, but the lack of star power in contention made 2009 a snoozer. It’s worth noting that three-time Masters champion Gary Player teed it up at Augusta for the final time.
9. 2014 – Bubba claims No. 2
Bubba Watson claimed his second green jacket in 2014, outdueling Augusta debutant Jordan Spieth in the final group. After stumbling out of the gate, Watson coasted to a three-shot victory after a 20-year-old Spieth bogeyed three holes through Nos. 8 to 12. This year also marked the first Masters Tiger missed since his major championship debut in 1995.
Score: Bogey. A second green jacket for Bubba is impressive, but 2014 will be remembered for Spieth’s first test on a major stage.
8. 2018 – Reed steals green jacket
Last year’s Masters kind of stunk. With the exception of Spieth’s final-round 64, it lacked compelling drama. Eventual champ Patrick Reed never relinquished his three-shot lead after Saturday and more or less hung on to win. Rickie Fowler made a charge to finish alone in second, while Rory McIlroy once again faltered in a final round at Augusta.
Score: Bogey. On paper, the leaderboard is loaded with the game’s best talent, but nothing stands out from the tournament other than everyone’s favorite villain walking away with the green jacket.
7. 2011 – McIlroy’s collapse
No offense to Charl Schwartzel, but he’s one of the least memorable Masters champions in recent history. The South African entered the final round four shots behind a 21-year-old McIlroy and ended up winning by two thanks to birdies on his final four holes. Jason Day and Adam Scott tied for second.
McIlroy looked to be en route to his first career major but imploded with a final-round 80 to finish in a tie for 15th. 2011 was his best opportunity to win the Masters to date.
Score: Par. 2011 had all the ingredients needed for a fantastic Masters but is held back by a forgettable champion.
6. 2015 – Spieth’s domination
After coming up short the year prior, Spieth broke through with a dominating performance in 2015. He tied Tiger’s Masters scoring record at 18-under par and went wire-to-wire to beat Mickelson and Justin Rose by four shots to claim his first green jacket.
Score: Par. Spieth’s win was no doubt a memorable one and a sign of great things to come. He simply dominated too much to make it one of the best of the last decade.
5. 2012 – Pine-straw perfection
Memorable Masters produce great champions, outstanding shots, and a dramatic ending, which is exactly what 2012 had. Watson claimed his first green jacket in a playoff over Louis Oosthuizen, as the duo had to chase down the 54-hole leaders Sunday.
Oosthuizen jumped into the lead with a rare albatross on No. 2 and remained there after 72 holes. Mickelson and Peter Hanson, who were in the last pairing, struggled Sunday to open the door for a memorable finish. Watson was able to catch Oosthuizen at 10-under with four straight birdies from No. 13 to 16.
On the second playoff hole, Bubba hit his drive into the right pine straw. From there, he hit arguably the best recovery shot in Masters history with a high, hooking wedge shot to reach the green and two-putted for his first green jacket.
Score: Birdie. Sure, the playoff could have included more marquee names, but Bubba has become a worthy two-time Masters champion.
4. 2010 – Phil joins elite company
Mickelson became only the eighth player to win at least three green jackets with his remarkable performance in 2010. He entered Sunday’s final round one shot behind Lee Westwood and pulled away from the field with a flawless 4-under closing nine to win by three.
Things could’ve gone horribly wrong for Mickelson on No. 13, but in typical Lefty fashion, he pulled off a ridiculous shot from behind a tree in the pine straw to maintain his two-shot lead.
Former world-class golfer Anthony Kim fired a final-round 65 to finish in third, with Tiger and K.J. Choi rounding out the top five.
Score: Birdie. Mickelson put on an outstanding display late Sunday to walk away with his third Masters victory.
3. 2017 – Monkey off Sergio’s back
Sergio Garcia finally got the monkey off his back with his first major title at the 2017 Masters. He edged out Rose in a playoff to win in his 19th appearance at Augusta, the longest streak without a win by any Masters champion.
Garcia and Rose exchanged blows for much of the final round, including the former’s tournament-saving shot on the 15th. Down one stroke, Garcia hit a piercing iron shot into the par 5. He poured in the eagle putt, then Rose birdied to level the two at 9-under.
Rose birdied 16 and bogeyed 17, while Sergio made three straight pars to force a playoff. Garcia won with a birdie on the first playoff hole after Rose hit his drive into the trees.
Score: Birdie. Garcia ending his major drought was eventually going to happen, but most thought it would occur well before 2017.
2. 2016 – Disaster strikes for Spieth
The 2016 Masters will always be remembered as the one Spieth let slip away. Looking for a second straight wire-to-wire Masters victory, Spieth held a five-shot lead on the 9th hole before disaster struck on No. 12.
Spieth dunked two shots into the water on the short par 3, leading to a quadruple-bogey seven. His five-shot lead from three holes prior quickly turned into a 1-shot deficit. He was unable to overtake Danny Willett, who birdied three of his final six holes en route to a three-shot victory.
Score: Eagle. The drama that unfolded that Sunday afternoon is tough to replicate and is a reminder that no lead is safe entering Amen Corner.
1. 2013 – “Come on Aussie!”
“Come on Aussie!”
It’s the cheer heard all around the world. Adam Scott‘s clutch birdie putt on the 18th hole in the rain gave him the outright lead, with Cabrera needing to birdie the final hole to force a playoff.
The Argentine was able to do just that after sticking his approach on 18 to a couple of feet. On the second playoff hole, Cabrera’s birdie effort sat on the lip, setting the stage for Scott to drain his putt and become the first Australian to win the Masters.
2013 will also be remembered for Tiger’s infamous drop on No. 15 in Round 2. Woods’ approach hit the flag and rolled into the water. He proceeded to drop his ball, later admitting he tried to take two yards off his shot, inducing an investigation. It was deemed Tiger violated the rules and he was handed a two-stroke penalty. He finished the tournament in a tie for seventh, four behind Scott.
Score: Hole-in-one. This Masters simply had it all: A historic champion, an outstanding finish, and a week full of drama.
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