The Masters concluded at Augusta with the crowning of Charl Schwartzel as champion.
However, much of the talk around the country has centered on the remarkable collapse of Rory McIlroy. Rory entered the final round this Sunday with a four-stroke lead on the field.
He entered the back nine on Sunday with a one-stroke lead on the field after a 37 on the front. Then the wheels came off as Rory double bogeyed 10, bogeyed 11, and double bogeyed 12 en route to a back-nine score of 43.
This dropped him from 3rd round leader to finishing in a tie for 15th.
However, Roryâ€™s swing is still one of the purest in the game. Announcer Nick Faldo exclaimed on Sunday that Rory had the freest movement in his golf swing since Jack Nicklaus.
One of the main problems with his round was the tightness and quickness his swing showed on Sunday, which led to several pulls and mis-hit shots. These are mistakes that are common among many young players, and this is just the experience that Rory will learn from.
Rory posted to his official Twitter account that he â€œFound it tough going today, but you have to lose before you can win. This day will make me stronger in the endâ€. This is the attitude that a champion must take, and he has shown that this experience will be valuable in his development.
Remember, he is only 21 years old, and if he had won would have been the second-youngest player (after Tiger in 1997) ever to win the Masters. It is remarkable that at such a young age he managed to lead the tournament for three rounds. He also took a close second in driving distance and a third in greens in regulation.
Rory has already made more than $3 million in his young PGA career, as well as reaching No. 9 in the World Golf Rankings. He is still developing as a player, but for someone so young to accomplish these feats is truly astounding.
There is no doubt that Rory will bounce back from his third Masters tournament. With such talent, it is only a matter of time before he breaks through and wins his first major.