Aussie trio fail to make breakthrough

Australia’s wait for a Masters title goes on, despite Sunday’s heroics of Adam Scott, Jason Day and Geoff Ogilvy.

Australia’s wait for a Masters champion goes on for another year despite Sunday’s heroics at Augusta National of Adam Scott, Jason Day and Geoff Ogilvy.

Scott and Day both looked to have ensured at least a play-off place as both posted 12 under totals, but they had to settle for a share of second after Charl Schwartzel birdied the final four holes and went on to win by two shots at 14-under.

Scott, in an all white outfit and wielding a deadly new broomstick handled putter, looked the more likely to end the Australian jinx at Augusta as he roared into contention with birdies at 11, 14 and 16 – where he came within inches of a hole-in-one.

He also rolled in clutch par putts at the 15th and 17th as he returned a commendable 67, while Day capped a spirited 68 with birdies at the final two holes – including a monster 40-foot putt at 17.

“I don’t think I can ask for anything more,” Scott said. “It was great to make a run out there. I just want to get in the mix next time.”

“I couldn’t do any more than I did out there,” Day added. “Adam and I gave our best. Charl just had a little more out there. To be in the hunt to be the first Aussie to win the Masters was special.”

Ogilvy also made a stunning late charge with five consecutive birdies from the 12th, and two closing pars rounded off a 67 and earned a share of fourth with Luke Donald and Tiger Woods.

“I was an interested spectator of the Tiger show on the front nine,” Ogilvy said. “It was quite nice to listen to the roars of what he was doing on the front nine.”

“I thought I had a chance. I didn’t expect to birdie five in a row but it was nice to finish with my best nine holes.”