2011 Masters: History of the 54 Hole Lead
Rory McIlroy is the 14th player in Masters history to take a lead of four or more shots into the final round.
Of the 13 players who took such a lead before McIlroy, 10 of them have walked away victorious.
The last player to do so was Tiger Woods back in 1997 who entered the final round with an unprecedented 9 stroke lead and eventually won by 12 shots.
The year before that, in 1996, Greg Norman lead by six strokes headed into the final round before eventually losing by five shots. Such a huge swing is also unprecedented and unlikely to happen today.
The only other players to lose such a lead are Ed Sneed in 1979 and Ken Venturi in 1956. While both of those players would finish second, giving up such a massive lead cannot feel good under any circumstances.
From this it is clear that history is on Rory McIlroy's side. His youth may hurt him a bit but from the nerves he has displayed thus far, he should have no problem winning this tournament.
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