AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 10: Charl Schwartzel of South Africa hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Masters 2011: Charl Schwartzel Captures 1st Green Jacket

Charl Schwartzel finished the 2011 Masters with four consecutive birdies to vault to the top of the leaderboard and take home his first ever major championship.

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Charl Schwartzel Wins 2011 Masters Golf Tournament

Sunday at the 2011 Masters produced a number of intriguing storylines. Tiger Woods made a charge thanks to a strong front nine and got himself into contention to win the tournament. Rory McIlroy melted down starting with a triple-bogey on No. 11. And a number of players worked their way up the Masters leaderboard to put themselves in position to make a run at the green jacket.

In the end, the top story of the day was without a doubt Charl Schwartzel, who is the 2011 Masters winner. He put together an outstanding 66 in the final round of the Masters to finish 14 under and to win the tournament.

Schwartzel started off the day strong with a birdie on No. 1 and an eagle on No. 3. He did bogey the fourth hole, but then he settled back down and had a par on 10 straight holes.

Starting at No. 15, Schwartzel took his game to a new level. He birdied No. 15 and suddenly was at the top of the leaderboard. A birdie on 16 put him in excellent position with the tournament winding down, and a birdie on 17 put him in the driver's seat to win the whole thing. On the final hole of the Masters, Schwartzel again hit a birdie to not only finish the tournament with four in a row, but also to clinch his first ever major championship.

Jason Day and Adam Scott finished tied for second at 12 under. Tiger Woods was one of three players to finish at 10 under for the Masters. Angel Cabrera came in seventh at nine under and Bo Van Pelt and K.J. Choi were tied for eighth at eight under. Rory McIlroy, who entered the final round in first place, finished at four under.

SB Nation's Masters 2011 StoryStream has more coverage of the tournament, as does Waggle Room and SB Nation Atlanta.


2011 Masters Leaderboard: Lion Kim Shoots 72 In 2nd Round, Misses Cut

University of Michigan golfer Lion Kim failed to make the cut at the 2011 Masters, but he finished his stay in Augusta by shooting an even-par 72. That gave him a score of +4 for the tournament since he shot a 76 during Thursday's first round.

In the second round, Kim got off to a very steady start. He opened the round with a par and birdied the second hole. Following four consecutive pars, he bogeyed the seventh hole. Kim rebounded nicely by getting a birdie on the eighth hole and a par to close out the front nine.

On the back nine, Kim shot for par on eight consecutive holes. He was on his way to finishing one under for the second round, but a bogey on the 18th hole brought him back to even par for the round and four over for the tournament.

In total, Kim had five birdies, seven bogeys and one double bogey for the 2011 Masters. That's not too bad for his debut at Augusta.


2011 Masters Leaderboard: Lion Kim Shoots 76 In 1st Round

University of Michigan golfer Lion Kim shot an opening-round 76 in the 2011 Masters golf tournament on Thursday. That put him four over after one round of play.

Kim made his Masters debut by shooting a birdie on the first hole. He shot for par on the second and third holes and then bogeyed the fourth hole. Following a par on the fifth hole, Kim had another bogey. He alternated bogeys and pars again with a par on the seventh and a bogey on the eighth. The front nine came to a close on a positive note for Kim, as he birdied the No. 9 hole.

On the back nine, Kim bogeyed the 10th and had a double bogey on the 11th. He birdied the 13th and hit a bogey on the 17th hole. The other holes on the back nine were pars for Kim, who finished the first day at +4.

Kim is currently one under par through 15 holes in the second round of the 2011 Masters. That puts him at three over for the tournament, which means he is in contention to make the cut and could get to keep playing at Augusta this weekend.

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