Xander Schauffele was “coming in hot” with 4 straight birdies when a triple-bogey six on the sixteenth stopped his challenge of Hideki Matsuyama on the Masters stone chilly.
Matsuyama, who would cling on for a one-shot win to change into the primary Japanese man to win a serious golf championship, had simply bogeyed the par-five fifteenth to see his lead dwindle to 2 strokes over enjoying associate Schauffele.
“I felt like he gave me a little bit of hope there,” Schauffele stated.
Unfortunately, that led him to be “maybe a little hyper-aggressive there on 16,” the place his 8-iron bounced into the water.
Schauffele would stroll away with the primary triple-bogey he had ever made in a serious, however he stated he would not lose sleep second-guessing his resolution.
“I fought hard,” Schauffele stated. “I felt like I made it exciting at the end, hit a really good shot on 16. I committed to it.
“I hit an ideal 8-iron,” he added. “It was 184 yards. I can hit my 8-iron 180 yards out right here. I turned it proper to left. The wind was into left to proper. It acquired smoked and eaten up. You may type of see it. The ball hovered there.
“I was in full chase mode, so I have no regrets from that aspect.”
Schauffele ended up tied for third with three-time main winner Jordan Spieth, two strokes behind American Will Zalatoris who grabbed solo second — one shot behind Matsuyama — with a closing 70.
Schauffele settled for a good par 72 in his newest near-miss.
The world quantity 5 American, a four-time winner on the US PGA Tour, completed tied for second on the 2019 Masters received by a resurgent Tiger Woods.
Schauffele additionally posted a runner-up end on the 2018 Open Championship.
On Sunday he began the day 4 strokes behind Matsuyama and after a birdie on the second gave up 4 strokes in three holes with two bogeys and a double bogey on the fifth.
He trailed by as many as seven strokes earlier than stringing collectively 4 straight birdies, the run capped by his birdie from a greenside bunker at 15.
What got here after, Schauffele stated, he’ll attempt to “put in the memory banks” the place it should are available helpful sooner or later..
“Hopefully, I keep coming back here for years to come, and the goal is to win one day,” he stated.