by Calvin Swanson
Relatively unknown golfer Charl Schwartzel won the 2011 Masters with a final round of 6 under par to wrap up a final score of 14 under par at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
The Masters is 26-year-old South African native's first career major, and it came on day where the competition was wide open. During one point in the final day of tournament, there were nine players within two shots of the lead, according to a NY Times article. One of them was Tiger Woods.
Woods climbed to the top of the leaderboard after shooting a -5 on the front nine, according to a LA Times article. He could not find his rhythm on the back nine, shooting even par and finishing at -10 for the tournament.
Twenty-one-year-old Rory McIlroy came into the final day at Augusta with a four-shot lead, but could not handle the pressure staying atop the best golfers in the world. He finished for a tie of 15th after shooting a dismal round of an 80, according to the LA Times.
The NY Time reported that Schwartzel's victory came 50 years after Gary Player became the first South African to win the Masters, or any other major title. The La Times reported Schwartzel's next best finish at a Masters tournament was a tie for 30th in 2010.