The Masters excitement that players, patrons and television viewers have come to expect arrived about two hours earlier than normal Sunday. With none of the contenders blitzing the second nine, it was an atypical finish for the Masters.
Boom. Boom. Just like that, two birdies to open Sunday's final round provided Fred Couples exactly the kind of start he needed to capture his second Masters title. By the time Couples dropped in another birdie, however, the dream was long over.
Earlier this week, Craig Stadler hinted this might be his last Masters unless he had a chance to play with his son Kevin, who was a Masters rookie. The elder Stadler might reconsider stepping away after Kevin Stadler earned a ticket back to the Masters with a tie for eighth.
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