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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Francesco Molinari melts down at 15th hole at Masters

Francesco Molinari held at least a portion of the lead for 14 holes during the final round of the Masters on Sunday, but things came unraveled for him in a hurry at the 15th hole.

After hitting an errant tee shot and then a layup shot that was nothing special, Molinari found himself in a desperate situation. Tiger Woods, who was one of several players tied with Molinari for the lead at 12-under at the time, had already hit his second shot on the green at the par-5. Molinari needed to get on in three, so he took a risk with some tree trouble. It did not work out, as it clipped a branch and went into a water hazard.

Molinari then hit yet another poor shot after taking a drop, and he ended up with a double-bogey to fall to 10-under and essentially remove himself from contention. Woods made a birdie to get to 13-under.

Before he bogeyed the 15th, Molinari was one of several players who made a brutal mistake at the par-3 12th hole. Molinari played nearly mistake-free golf for much of the weekend, but the pressure of the back nine at Augusta may have gotten to him.

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