Rory McIlroy came into action on Sunday at the Masters 1 above par for the tournament. He was 10 shots behind leader Scottie Scheffler when he got the start, and it didn’t look like he would have a realistic chance of earning his first green jacket.

Still, McIlroy did everything he could to position himself to win if Scheffler falters. He was the hottest golfer on the course on Sunday and rocketed up the rankings by hitting an 8-under par. His strong performance resulted in a birdie at the bunker hole on the 18th hole.

That shot put McIlroy within three shots of Scheffler and made him the clubhouse leader when he left the course. It also gave him a score of 64, which marked the second-lowest 18-hole score at a major tournament in his playing career and his highest rating since his 63 at the 2010 Open Championship.

McIlroy knew he was unlikely to catch Scheffler despite his great day, but he still came away in top form after his performance.

“That’s what you dream of, isn’t it? You dream of getting into position,” McIlroy told the CBS show after his round ended. “I wasn’t close enough in the lead, and Scottie is playing really well, but to play as well as I did today, to finish like this, it’s just unbelievable.”

Indeed, McIlroy’s finish was “absolutely amazing”. In fact, it was one of the greatest Masters final day performances in the history of the tournament and it was almost an all-time high.

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What is the Master’s course record for a single round?

The Masters course record for a single round is 63. Nick Price was the first golfer to accomplish this feat, in the third round of the 1986 Masters. He led that strong performance to a tournament-best fifth-place finish. of her career.

A decade later, Greg Norman was able to match Price with a 63 in the first round of the 1996 Masters. That gave him a two-shot lead over Phil Mickelson at the time. Norman led the tournament after 36 and 54 holes, but a 78 in the final round finally doomed him. He finished second to Nick Faldo following his last-lap collapse, and it marked his best result at the Masters.

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What is the Masters course record for the final round?

Although McIlroy did not match the overall course record at the Masters, he tied the final round record of 64 with his stellar outing.

McIlroy became the eighth player to record a 64 on the final day of play at the Masters. He is only the third to accomplish the feat since 2000 and recorded the second-best overall finish in the low-scoring group.

Below is a look at the elite company McIlroy joined with his bunker shot on the 18th hole:

Year Golfer To finish
1974 Maurice Bembridge T-9e
1975 Hale Irwin T-4e
1978 Gary Player 1st
1988 Greg Norman T-5e
1998 David Toms T-6e
2012 Bo Van Pelt T-17e
2018 Jordan Spieth T-4e
2022 Rory McIlroy 2nd

Interestingly, Player is the only golfer to shoot a 64 on the final day of the Masters and win the tournament. He overcame a seven-stroke deficit by shooting 8-under to win the tournament in 1978. This marked the South African’s last major win.

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Lowest Overall Mastery Scores

The lowest overall score at the Masters was carded by Dustin Johnson in 2020. He finished the tournament in just 268 strokes and ran away with it as a result. His 20-under mark broke the tournament record of 18-under previously held by Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.

Below is an overview of golfers who landed 273 strokes or less over four days at the Masters Tournament. All of them won the tournament the year they achieved their goalscoring goals.

Year Golfer Score
2020 Dustin Johnson 268
1997 Tiger Woods 270
2015 Jordan Spieth 270
1965 Jack Nicklaus 271
1976 raymond floyd 271
2001 Tiger Woods 272
2010 Phil Mickelson 272
2018 Patrick Roseau 273


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