Phil Mickelson (right) kept alive the streak of Masters winners coming from thelast group, a string that began in 1991.
Four finished top 11: Fred Couples, 46 (right); Vijay Singh, 43; Miguel AngelJiménez, 42; and José María Olaàbal, 40.
Newly lengthened and forested, it yielded only one birdie on the weekend andplayed to an average of 4.47 strokes, making it the toughest on the course.
The cable network--which, appropriately, was scheduled to show the movieIntolerable Cruelty--picked up three-plus hours of unexpected morningcoverage.
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Chad Campbell (right) tied for third, and a fellow Lone Star man, 54-year-oldBen Crenshaw, made the cut.
Tim Clark took second; Darren Clarke spent most of Sunday in the top 10 beforefading to 22nd.
True, Sergio García (10-over 298) said adios to his chances with a third-round79, but Olaàbal and Jiménez (left) did their homeland proud.
With the added length at Augusta, many players--including Woods and ErnieEls--put these long, high-trajectory clubs in their bags.
At least three players besides Mickelson had a share of the lead in the finalround, but none of them could close the deal down the stretch.
Ah, youth? Only one guy under 30 finished among the top 25: 28-year-old GeoffOgilvy of Australia shot a one-over 289 to take 16th place.
The world's top-ranked player, Tiger Woods (above), was in position to win amajor for the first time by coming from behind, but couldn't make a putt.
Maybe Woods did beat Mickelson after all? Overnight ratings for the Sundaytelecast were down almost 13% from 2005.
Hometown boys Vaughn Taylor and Charles Howell III (left) both missed the cut,with Taylor finishing at five over and Howell dead last at 20 over par.
Paul McGinley and British Amateur champion Brian McElhinney, both of Ireland,finished at 11 over, missing the cut by seven.
None of the nine men from Oz finished in the top 15, and only Ogilvy (right)got a whiff of the Sunday leader board.
Often replaced in favor of more lofted clubs, this hard-to-hit stick may begoing the way of, well, the one-iron.
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