2004 Masters: Rose shoots nine bogeys costing him a Masters victory

Monday, March 28, 2011

First- and second-round leader Justin Rose managed a smile as he strolled to the 18th green Saturday afternoon to a standing ovation. He wasn’t the leader of the Masters anymore. On the contrary, Rose was completing a miserable nine-bogey 81 that destroyed any hopes of earning a green jacket.

“I’m still a bit shell-shocked to be honest,” Rose said. “Today, it bit me back in a large way.”

You name it, Rose found it. His first tee shot landed in the fairway bunker en route to bogey. On the second hole, a chip shot rolled into the gallery, leading to another bogey. A bogey on No. 3 made it three consecutive and the downfall had only just begun.

At the end of the day, the numbers read 42-39 for an 81, the worst third round score by a 36-hole leader in more than 25 years.

“I tried on every single shot today,” Rose said. “It’s not the end of the world but it obviously hurts. That’s a shame.”

Rose, 23, was the youngest professional in the field. Adam Scott is 14 days older than Rose.

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