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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 282
MASTERS WRAP NO THREE PUTTS HELP Of the 53 players that made the cut, just seven of them went through 72 holes without a threeputt on Augusta National’s treacherous greens. Of those players, Jon Rahm, Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Tony Finau all grabbed spots in the top-10 on the leaderboard. Leading amateur Doug Ghim, the US Amateur runner up, also avoided any three-jabs. Winner Patrick Reed had two three-putts – one in the second round and another in the third. RORY MCILROY’S SLAM WILL HAVE TO WAIT From the moment Rory McIlroy blasted a wild drive deep into trees right of the 1st hole to open his final round, the writing was on the wall for his bid to become the sixth player to claim the career Grand Slam. Starting the fourth round three strokes behind leader Patrick Reed, many expected the Northern Irishman to catch the American and go on and claim the green jacket he desperately yearns. His third round 65 suggested this would be his best chance in four attempts to secure the Grand Slam. FOWLER – WORLD’S BEST WITHOUT A MAJOR Rickie Fowler’s runner-up finish at the Masters has cemented his place at the top of the list of the world’s best players yet to win a major. The crowd favourite made a terrific birdie on the final hole to card a five-under 67 and pull within one shot of eventual winner Patrick Reed. His second placing is his eighth top-5 finish in the 33 major championship starts he has had since 2008. In fact, since 2013 he’s finished top-10 eight times and without a win more than any other player. In the same period, Hideki Matsuyama has had seven top-10s and Matt Kuchar six. He got to within two shots of Reed through four holes but a bogey at the par-4 5th began the slide back down the leaderboard. He signed for a two-over 74 and was the only player in the top-10 not to break par. “Look, it is, of course it’s frustrating,” McIlroy said. “But it’s hard to take any positives from it right now, but at least I put myself in the position. That’s all I wanted to do. “The last four years I’ve had top-10s, but I haven’t been close enough to the lead. Today I got myself there. I didn’t quite do enough. “But, you know, I’ll come back again next year and try.”
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