Masters 2017: Europeans Dominated the Leader Board


Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth walk the seventh hole during the final round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National on Sunday. The two were conspicuously absent from the first page of the leader board.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — The 81st Masters began with a look back at the life and legacy of Arnold Palmer, a four-time champion whose death last September hung over Augusta National like the dark rain clouds that burst and wiped out the par-3 contest. It ended with the sun shining luminously on Europe.

During Sunday’s concluding round, the final twosome of Sergio Garcia of Spain and Justin Rose of England lived up to its marquee billing, with the pair wielding their putters like daggers until Garcia delivered the fatal blow on the first playoff hole. Led by Garcia, players from Europe, which will try to take back the Ryder Cup in France next year, occupied five of the first eight places. Thomas Pieters of Belgium was tied for fourth, the Englishman Paul Casey was sixth and the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy was tied for seventh.

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