Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

How our boys got on at the Masters

Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland (69): Will be proud to finish his first Master as the leading European. The Portrush man carded an impressive six birdies in his final round to match the 69 he posted on the opening day.

Paul Casey, England (69): His only under-par round of the championship. The Englishman recorded five birdies, going out in 34 but the high expectations on him were not going to be realised this time.

Ross Fisher, England (69): Seven birdies were spoilt by three bogeys for the Wentworth golfer as he finished on one under for the championship. Fisher got off to the perfect start on his Masters debut with a first-round 69, but a miserable 76 on Friday ended his challenge.

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland (70): An eventful final day for the Holywood teenager. Was disappointed to shot 39 on the opening nine holes but recovered in spectacular fashion to come back with a back nine 31. He has shown enough during the week to know his Major dreams could be realised.

Justin Rose, England (71): A eventful day, to say the least, for Rose, who made two double-bogeys, but evened them out with eagles at 13 and 15. An opening-round 74 made sure he was up against it from the start but he will be back.

Sandy Lyle, Scotland (71): What a week for the veteran Scot, who rolled back the years to finish the tournament at two under — his lowest total since he donned the green jacket in 1988. His five straight birdies on the back nine during his second round were the major highlight and showed great consistency.

Padraig Harrington, Ireland (73): Not the week the Dubliner was hoping for. After winning the last two Majors, the ‘Paddy Slam’ never looked likely. His tournament will be most remembered for the quadruple-bogey nine he took at the second in his third round.

Luke Donald, England (73): A steady, if unspectacular week’s work from the Englishman. Donald's closing 73 saw him finish at one over for the championship.

Ian Poulter, England (74): The man known as ‘The Peacock’ played himself into contention with a sizzling third-round 68. That was as good as it got however as he came up short on Sunday — making just one birdie and finishing with a 74 to stand at two under.

Lee Westwood, England (79): Westwood started with a birdie, but went on to make four double-bogeys in bitterly disappointing end to his Masters campaign. He knows a Major is still possible if his short game can improve.

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