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Charl Schwartzel wins wild finish at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Charl Schwartzel won the Masters by two strokes over Adam Scott and Jason Day after a wild final day at Augusta National.

Eight players held at least a share of the lead Sunday, but it was the 26-year-old South African who turned in one of the great finishing performances in major championship history.

Schwartzel closed with four straight birdies, including a 20-footer at the final hole to wrap up a 6-under 66. He finished 14-under 274, enough to deny Australia its first green jacket.

Scott shot a 67 and Day finished with two straight birdies for a 68, leaving both Aussies at 276. This remain the only major tournament never won by a golfer from Down Under.

"It was just such an exciting day," Schwartzel said. "There were so many roars and the atmosphere out there was just incredible.

Tiger Woods created much of the excitement early on, making four birdies and an eagle before he headed to the back side with a 5-under 31.

But he missed short putts at both the 12th and 15th holes, limping to the finish with a 36. That left Woods in a group at 278 with Geoff Ogilvy and Luke Donald.

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Photos: 2011 Masters Tournament

Schwartzel becomes the fourth straight first-time major champion, following Martin Kaymer (PGA Championship), countryman Louis Oosthuizen (British Open) and Graeme McDowell (U.S. Open). This is the first time the Americans have been without a major title or the Ryder Cup.

Woods gave it a go, but the erratic play that has plagued him during the longest winless streak of his career showed up on the back side.

"It could have been," he said. "I hit it good all day."

No one suffered like Rory McIlroy, who entered the day with a four-stroke lead. He ricocheted a shot between two cabins along the 10th hole, took a triple-bogey and never recovered.

McIlroy limped to the finish with an 80, winding up 10 strokes behind Schwartzel.

List of Masters champions:

2011 - Charl Schwartzel

2010 - Phil Mickelson

2009 - x-Angel Cabrera

2008 - Trevor Immelman

2007 - Zach Johnson

2006 - Phil Mickelson

2005 - x-Tiger Woods

2004 - Phil Mickelson

2003 - x-Mike Weir

2002 - Tiger Woods

2001 - Tiger Woods

2000 - Vijay Singh

1999 - Jose Maria Olazabal

1998 - Mark O'Meara

1997 - Tiger Woods

1996 - Nick Faldo

1995 - Ben Crenshaw

1994 - Jose Maria Olazabal

1993 - Bernhard Langer

1992 - Fred Couples

1991 - Ian Woosnam

1990 - x-Nick Faldo

1989 - x-Nick Faldo

1988 - Sandy Lyle

1987 - x-Larry Mize

1986 - Jack Nicklaus

1985 - Bernhard Langer

1984 - Ben Crenshaw

1983 - Seve Ballesteros

1982 - x-Craig Stadler

1981 - Tom Watson

1980 - Seve Ballesteros

1979 - x-Fuzzy Zoeller

1978 - Gary Player

1977 - Tom Watson

1976 - Raymond Floyd

1975 - Jack Nicklaus

1974 - Gary Player

1973 - Tommy Aaron

1972 - Jack Nicklaus

1971 - Charles Coody

1970 - x-Billy Casper

1969 - George Archer

1968 - Bob Goalby

1967 - Gay Brewer Jr.

1966 - x-Jack Nicklaus

1965 - Jack Nicklaus

1964 - Arnold Palmer

1963 - Jack Nicklaus

1962 - x-Arnold Palmer

1961 - Gary Player

1960 - Arnold Palmer

1959 - Art Wall Jr.

1958 - Arnold Palmer

1957 - Doug Ford

1956 - Jack Burke Jr.

1955 - Cary Middlecoff

1954 - x-Sam Snead

1953 - Ben Hogan

1952 - Sam Snead

1951 - Ben Hogan

1950 - Jimmy Demaret

1949 - Sam Snead

1948 - Claude Harmon

1947 - Jimmy Demaret

1946 - Herman Keiser

1945 - No tournament, WWII

1944 - No tournament, WWII

1943 - No tournament, WWII

1942 - x-Byron Nelson

1941 - Craig Wood

1940 - Jimmy Demaret

1939 - Ralph Guldahl

1938 - Henry Picard

1937 - Byron Nelson

1936 - Horton Smith

1935 - x-Gene Sarazen

1934 - Horton Smith

x-won playoff

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