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Masters 2012: Golfers Who Choked at Augusta National Golf Course

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Phil Mickelson of the United States hits a tee shot on the ninth hole during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIApril 8, 2012

Augusta National once again took victim some of golf's greatest players, as we watched some of the best-of-the-best choke on the national stage at the Masters.

While it wasn't anything out of the ordinary, some of golf's major players took themselves completely out of the running this weekend for a green jacket.

While there is always next year, these golfers will likely be haunted by their 2012 performances for quite sometime.

 

Rory McIlroy

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks hits an approach shot from the first fairway during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Leck
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Perhaps the overall favorite before the entire tournament began, McIlroy just couldn't hold things together at Augusta.

After posting a first round score of one-under par, McIlroy came back even stronger on day two to take his overall score down to four-under.

It was day three that got the best of him, as the Scot shot a high of 77 to bring his tournament total to one-over par. Being this was McIlroy, there was always the possibility that he could bounce back in the final round to stay alive.

Unfortunately, that didn't happen.

Instead, McIlroy posted a 76, bringing his overall score to five-over, which obviously took him out of contention.

This wasn't as bad as his implosion from last year, but it's no secret that McIlroy needs to stay mentally strong to make an impact at Augusta next season.

 

Y.E. Yang

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07:  Y.E. Yang of Korea hits a shot out of the bunker on the second hole during the third round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images
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Wow, did Yang lose all control on the last day or what?

Coming into the final round of the tournament, Yang wasn't doing all that bad. He was sitting at two-over for the tournament, but definitely could have propelled himself back into the picture with a strong final round.

Instead, he did the complete opposite.

Yang shot an 81 at Augusta, making his overall score for the tournament skyrocket to 11-over. While he only did shoot one round under par, nobody expected Yang to go off like this.

Yang has been strong over the course of his career, so don't start thinking he has hit rock-bottom.

 

Tiger Woods

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Tiger Woods of the United States reacts after an approach shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington
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When Tiger isn't in the hunt on the final day of the Masters, everyone is thinking the same thing.

Is Tiger done?

Of course not, as this is just typical of any golfer. Woods isn't perfect, and while a win here would have been huge for his reputation, it isn't the end all of his comeback.

Woods was in the thick of things early, but in the end failed to finish any round under par. It was a second round score of 75 that really took Tiger out of contention, as he would face an uphill battle from there.

Tiger would go onto to par the course on day three of the Masters, but ultimately couldn't finish strong as he went two-over in the final round.

Clearly, Tiger just wasn't all there this weekend. That doesn't mean he's done with winning, just that he's a mere mortal who is fighting just like the rest.

 

Phil Mickelson

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Phil Mickelson of the United States putts on the 13th hole as caddie Jim Mackay looks on during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew R
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Is it fair to say Lefty choked at the Masters this year?

Tough call, but considering he would have been in the thick of things if it wasn't for the triple-bogey at the fourth hole during the final round, there's reason to believe Mickelson would still be very much alive.

Mickelson finished the tournament eight-under, which was still a great score, but was so close to taking the jacket.

It wasn't enough though, and Lefty will likely dread that triple bogey for quite some time to come.

 

Jeff Chase is a Featured Columnist for the Chicago Cubs and Arizona State football.

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