11 Apr 2011

Masters final round goes down to the wire

2:08 pm on 11 April 2011

Four birdies on the final four holes, helped South African Charl Schwartzel clinch his first major golf title with a two-stroke win at the Masters at Augusta.

Schwartzel, who began the final round at Augusta National four strokes off the pace, rolled in a seven metre putt on the 18th green to complete a six-under-par 66 and finish at 14 under for the tournament.

Britain's Rory McIllroy who'd led for the first three round, went into the final round with a four shot lead but had a horror back nine carding an eight over par 80, to finish at four under for the tournament and tied for 15th.

Schwartzel's the third South African to win the Masters, following three time winner Gary Player and 2008 winner Trevor Immelman.

Australians Adam Scott and Jason Day tied for second at 12 under par while four time champion Tiger Woods, chasing his first tournament win in almost a year and a half had to settle for a tie for fourth.