McIlroy cant master par-5s
This is the sixth Masters for Rory McIlroy, who had never finished better than 11th at Augusta National. He was never in serious contention this week, finishing in a six-way tie for eighth place after shooting 3-under 69 on Sunday and finishing at even par for the tournament.
With Tiger Woods out, McIlroy entered the week as one of the favorites. But he could never take advantage of Augustas par-5s.
I played the par-5s in even par this week, which you just cant do out here, McIlroy said. Im even par for the tournament and even par for the par-5s. So youre looking to play the par-5s somewhere around 10- to 12-under par. And obviously if I had of done that it would have been a different story.
The top-12 finishers and ties get an automatic invitation to the Masters next year.
Thats great news for youngsters such as Jonas Blixt, who tied for second.
When you shoot under par at Augusta National on a Sunday, you should be pretty happy, Blixt said. Now, Bubba Watson played better. I got beat, and he deserves to win. ... But I learned a lot today, have a lot more new experiences and cant wait to come back.
Stewart Cink has some work to do to get another invitation.
Cink got a five-year exemption for winning the 2009 British Open, which ends this year. He closed with a 4-under 68 Sunday, coming up 1 stroke shy of landing a spot in the 2015 field.
Woodlands tough day
Former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland was 5 shots back at even par going into the final round, but Woodland finished with a 76 and tied for 26th at 4-over 292
Larry Mize, the 1987 Masters champion, shot a 7-over 79 for the second straight day and finished at 16 over for the tournament. It wasnt the final score Mize was looking for after playing the first two rounds at 2 over.
It wasnt the weekend I wanted, said Mize, who was playing the weekend at the Masters for the first time since 2009. I just struggled. As good as I putted the first two days, especially Friday, thats as bad as Ive putted on the weekend.
And though Mize struggled, he used some of the time during the round to talk about Augusta National with amateur marker Jeff Knox, who owns the course record for members with a 61.
I gave him some comments on the golf course that I heard, Mize said.