Henrik Stenson’s quadruple bogey on the 18th cost him the lead at Masters – Golf News
Henrik Stenson, who spent most of the opening round of the Masters Tournament atop the leaderboard, faltered on the final hole to score a quadruple bogey. He finished tied for the 14th position on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
Stenson had a perfect start to the day when he was celebrating his 36th birthday through an eagle on the second hole.
A birdie on the fifth and another eagle on the eighth hole took him to five-under on the front nine.
The back nine’s start again saw him to the best of his form and he carded a birdie on the 10th hole.
However, he started falling apart afterwards, as he carded two bogeys on the 14th and 16th holes. The disaster came on the par-four 18th hole, where he handed over his 17-hole lead to his rivals on the course.
Stenson said that he was struggling while finding the fairways during his back-nine that cost him the poor score in the end.
"After 11 I didn't hit one fairway off the tee, and that's obviously going to cost you at some point," he said. "Though, I didn't expect it to cost as much as it did on 18".
"Finishing with an 8, I don't think I've ever done that," he added.
His problems started on the tee as his drive went into the bushes. The worse was his ball landed on the worn and trampled-down pine straw.
He then used the 4-iron that helped the ball to land on the fairway. Thereafter, he again made a disappointing shot that flew across the green and landed in the gallery.
After he finally reached the green, he missed an easy three-footer that could have allowed him to write down seven instead eight on the scorecard.
"If I would have gotten the second shot out on the fairway, it would have been a different story. That's normally what happens," Stenson said.
"You make a little mistake and then you compound it with another one, and it just keeps on snowballing, and I got the snowman in the end".
He is now four strokes behind the leader, Lee Westwood, who carded five-under par 67.