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Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus paying tribute to Arnold Palmer, Amen Corner and tornado warnings: The highs and lows of the 81st Masters at Augusta

Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose were locked in battle as the 81st Masters drew to a thrilling climax on Sunday night.

The Spaniard, in search of his first ever Major, was tied at eight under par with his Ryder Cup team-mate as they approached the back nine.

Here, Sportsmail look at the highs and lows of Augusta 2017…
HIGHS

FINAL DAY LEADERBOARD: There was no disguising the sense of anticipation among the patrons walking through the gates yesterday at the thought of the last two pairings. Two great players from Europe followed by two from America? Perfect.

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06: Honorary starters Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player react as they remember Arnold Palmer as during the first tee ceremony prior to the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

JACK NICKLAUS AND GARY PLAYER: You’d need a heart of stone not to have been moved as the two legends marked the passing of Arnold Palmer, their friend and rival for 60 years, with laughter and tears at the opening ceremony.

AMEN CORNER: So named by a golf writer because players get there and say Amen to their chances. But, for over half my life now, this golf writer has wandered down there and only considered it an enormous blessing.

 

LOWS

BAD WEATHER: The Masters is all about blue skies and warm sunshine and this year we had tornado warnings, severe storms, and chilly temperatures for two days. Thank goodness it turned nice at the weekend or it would have totally spoiled the show.

DUSTIN JOHNSON: Are we going to have to start wrapping these top golfers in cotton wool? No Tiger was no real shock but losing the hot favourite was a low blow. That’s three majors in four years where the clear No 1 has pulled up lame.

DANNY WILLETT: It’s always a shame when the defending champion misses the cut — Danny was the first since Mike Weir in 2004 — and particularly someone who handled his year in office so well. The good news for the Englishman is he can keep playing for 30 years.

Article courtesy of the Daily Mail. 

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