AUGUSTA, Ga. – The 12th hole in Augusta National usually has something to say about who wins the championship. The famous Par-3 turned critical again on Sunday afternoon and opened the door for Tiger Woods to receive his fifth green jacket.
Four players from the last two groups found water in 12th, including Francesco Molinari Woods, who was two shots ahead. Tony Finau, also in dispute and playing with Woods and Molinari, found the water as well as Brooks Koepka, who was in the group in front of Woods. All suffered double on the hole while Woods scored a par. He left the hole with Molinari at 11, while Koepka was 9 below and Finau from 10 to 8 below.
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"This mistake Francesco made there has taken many guys into the tournament," Woods said. "There were so many different scenarios that could have happened in the last nine years. There were so many people who had a chance to win. The ranking was absolutely full and everyone was playing well. They could not have had more drama than we all had outside. Now I know why I'm bald. This stuff is tough.
Molinari, 2018 British Open champion and 54-hole leader at the Masters, accused a mismanaged 8-iron for his missed 12 missile strike
"I think we have decided to shoot for the right and just not hit hard enough, "he said. "It was a tough day with the wind today. I managed to climb well in the first nine. I just had some mental failures on the last nine that were costly. "
Molinari, who held the 54-hole lead with two strokes, brought the ball into the water after par 15 on the 15th. He landed Sunday with a 2 over 74 and finished 11 under two, two strokes behind Woods. Koepka was 12 under and Finau 11 under.
"I think today was not my day," said Molinari. "The ball of 12, if he's one meter away, he's probably going into the bunker, of course I've done some things that I wish I had done differently, but I'll learn from my mistakes." [19659002Finausaidthe12thholewastheturningpointithitthehardestholeinthefourthroundwithanaverageof3333
"I knew from then on that I had to play pretty perfect golf," Finau said. I could have done something all the way, but 12 was a kind of swing. "
Koepka, who was aiming for the par 5-13 eagle cruiser, said the wind hit his ball on the 12th.
"Once it's over these trees, it's just a guessing game," he said.