The top six players are only four strokes apart before the final round of the masters, but can someone lower down the ranking win the green jacket?
francesco molinari has a two-shot lead over tiger woods and tony finau after 54 holes at augusta national, with brooks koepka, webb simpson and ian poulter forming the chasing group.
Reading: Biggest comeback at the masters
every masters winner since 1990 has started the final round inside the top 5 and 23 of the last 30 augusta champions have come from the final group, but can any buck the trend and claim a comeback win?
We review the five biggest comebacks in the final round of the Masters…
jack burke jr – 1956 (eight times)
burke was one of only two players to shoot a round under par on the final day, as the American pulled off the biggest final-round comeback in major history.
Amateur Ken Venturi took a four-shot lead on the final day, but recorded six bogeys in a seven-hole stretch around the bend, allowing Burke to tie with two holes to play.
burke holed a 15-foot birdie on the 17th and then bounced up and down the bunker to save par on the last, which would be enough for a one-shot win when venturi couldn’t find a birdie on the last hole.
player gary – 1978 (seven shots)
The South African cruised to a record-tying final round to snatch a one-shot win from him and win the green jacket for the third time.
The player started the day a fraction of 10th and was still trailing overnight leader Hubert Green by six shots with 10 holes to play, but birdied the ninth to generate a remarkable round of nine holes.
The 42-year-old birdied six of his next nine holes, including a 15-footer on the last, until the clubhouse set, when Green missed a 3-footer on the par-four 18th hole to extend the match. .
sir nick faldo – 1996 (six shots)
faldo put pressure on greg norman during a dramatic final day and took advantage of Sunday’s Australian meltdown to claim the last of his six major titles.
A five-shot deficit before the final round was gone by the time the pair reached the par-three 12, where Norman double-bogeyed to give Faldo a two-shot lead.
The tournament is often remembered for Norman, who also double-bogeyed 16, and his collapse in the final round, forgetting the fact that Faldo hit a five-under 67 to claim a five-under win. blows.
blurry zoeller – 1979 (six shots)
The 27-year-old stunned the golf world by claiming the green jacket on his Masters debut, the last player to do so, although he needed some luck to stand a chance of winning.
zoeller posted a 70 in the final round to set the clubhouse target at eight under par, which was only enough to force a playoff when ed sneed bogeyed his last three holes, jack nicklaus bogeyed the penultimate hole and tom watson made a mistake late in his round.
sneed, watson and zoeller parred on the first playoff hole, the 10th, after missing birdie putts, before zoeller hit an eight-foot birdie putt on the next to claim the title.
wall art jr. – 1959 (six shots)
The American’s only major success came notably after a quick finish in his final round helped him win in one shot.
wall started the final round in 1959 six shots behind co-leaders stan leonard and arnold palmer and saw his hopes dashed after following up a front-nine 34 with a three-putt bogey in the tenth.
made his charge by making two-putt birdies on either side of his 20-footer on the 14th, before draining a 15-footer on the 17th and picking up another on the last to finish the week four under.
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