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Scott ends Australian jinx at Masters

WIZARD OF OZ:The Masters was the only major that no Australian player had won, the Augusta National jinx, including three heartbreaking defeats for Greg Norman

AFP, AUGUSTA, Georgia

Day ripped off a run of three birdies in a row starting at the par-5 13th to put himself into the lead, but bogeys at the 16th and 17th left him third after a closing 70.

“It was really tough,” Day said. “Pressure got to me a little bit.”

Woods, fell eight strokes off the lead before making a late charge that came up short, firing a 70 to share fourth.

“I played well,” Woods said. “Unfortunately I just didn’t make enough putts. I certainly had an opportunity. I thought if I shot 65 I could win it outright.”

NOT ENOUGH

Bogeys at the fifth and seventh dropped Woods back, but he birdied the ninth and 10th, then the par-5 13th and 15th to reach five under, unable to gain enough ground on the leaders on the wet, undulating greens of Augusta National.

“I had a hard time getting accustomed to the speed,” Woods said. “It was so much slower with the rain. I left every putt short.”

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese schoolboy who is the youngest player in Masters history, fired a 75 to finish on 12-over 300 to claim the Silver Cup as low amateur.

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