Jason Day shot a tidy 67 in the fourth round of the 2019 Masters, three shot better than the final round 70 Tiger Wood produced to win, but the undoing of Day was the 73 in round three.
The primary culprit was the par five 15th hole.
It is easily reachable in two and most of the professionals view walking off the 15th green with anything above a four as sacrificing a shot to the rest of the field.
Day recorded a double bogey seven. When he bogeyed the 18th hole to shoot one-over 73, he left a lot of very good golfers an opening that he could not close.
Pity. Day had a five-under round of 67 for his second round and he opened with a steady two-under 70. He was in a large group at minus two, just four shots off the lead.
Day’s 67 on the second day moved him up to third.
Adam Scott was a factor for the entire tournament.
He opened with a 69 and backed that with a 68 on the second day. He was level par on day three and still in the conversation, but he failed to fire in round 4 and shot a 73 to spend the final round as a spectator to the history made by Tiger Woods. His final position was tied 18th.
Cameron Smith did okay. He shot 70 in the first round, identical to Jason Day. His 74 on day two hurt chances, but rather than slinking away, he rebounded with a 69 in the third round and could have managed a high finish until his final round 77 sent him plunging down the board for a tied 51st finish.
Marc Leishman never really figured into the picture and by the end of the third round, he was so far out that he mainly enjoyed a final round stroll that produced a 75 and left him tied 49th.