Portrush’s Graeme McDowell is the highest placed Irishman at the Masters after carding a three under 69 on the final round.

Despite a bogey at the first and a double bogey at 12, McDowell had six birdies on the round to end the week on a bright note.  

McDowell can be well satisfied with his first full week at the Masters.  Not only did he go one better than his debut by making the cut, but his final day round leaves him four-under-par for the tournament, currently in a tie for a 16th place finish.

Rory Mcllroy shot a 31 on the back nine to shoot a two-under-par 70 to end up with a tournament total of  286, or two-under-par.

After a difficult first eight holes that included a bogey on 3, a double bogey on 6 and another bogey on 7, Mcllroy finally got going with a birdie at the ninth.

On the back nine he had five birdies in seven holes to blitz his way home to card a 70.

It’s been a week that Mcllroy won’t forget in a hurry.  Good Friday was bad for Mcllroy with a disastrous end to the round, worsened by a flirtation with expulsion due to a kick aimed at the sand in a bunker at the 18th.

However, he was not penalized and two solid final rounds for the teenager means he will leave Augusta with a wealth of experience that will stand to him in the future. A 19th place finish is nothing to be scoffed at for a first-time effort.

Padraig Harrington will hope to have left all his unlucky breaks for the Major season in Augusta after a disappointing final round of 73  saw him end up with a total of 288, or level par over for the tournament

Harrington started well with a birdie at the first.  He gave one back with a bogey on the short 6th hole before experiencing another nightmare hole, this time at the ninth where he carded a triple bogey 7.

He followed with a bogey on 10, and despite a couple of birdies on the way home it was just one of those weeks for the triple major winner.

The Paddy slam may be over, but Harrington won himself a new legion of fans by the way he handled himself this week.

The wind–induced penalty on the 15th on Friday, the quadruple bogey at the second on Saturday and the triple bogey at 9 Sunday would have many a pro seething with anger, but not the Dubliner. Harrington took it all in his stride and showed class.

Angel Cabrera won the green jacket after a dramatic day of golf. 

It looked like it would be Kenny Perry's day as he led by two on the 17th tee. However, two bogeys on 17 and 18 let Cabrera and Chad Campbell into a three man playoff. 

Campbell fell by the wayside with a bogey on the first playoff hole, and it was Cabrera whose par was enough on the second playoff hole to take his first Masters title and his second major title.


 

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