The Masters

Most Heartbreaking Masters Moments

A look back at the most anguishing defeats at Augusta National

The Masters: Rory McIlroy

Part of the Masters' appeal is the potential for a thrilling finish at Augusta National. But often it means someone is left crushed in defeat as a result. Sometimes it's a collapse, sometimes, as was the case with Louis Oosthuizen falling short to Bubba Watson, the title is simply taken away by an opponent playing better. Sometimes it's a combination of the two. No matter how it happens, it's always memorable. Here are the moments through the years that left fans feeling the most for those players coming up just a little short.

Rory McIlroy

2011: Rory McIlroy

Everything was all set up for a coronation on Sunday after McIlroy opened with rounds of 65, 69 and 70 to take a four-shot lead heading into the final round. Poised to become the second-youngest winner in the history of the event, the 21-year-old survived an early bogey and take the lead to the back nine. But disaster struck on 10. He hooked his tee shot left, made a triple bogey and came completely unraveled. There will be plenty more majors in his future, but he'll never forget letting this one get away.
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