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By Philadelphia Inquirer
Sunday, April 14, 2013, 9:15 p.m.
 

AUGUSTA, Ga. — There were no tears this time for Brandt Snedeker, who cried when he blew his shot at winning the Masters in 2008. But the lost opportunity Sunday still hurt.

Snedeker, who shared the lead going into the final round, did not perform well in the rainy conditions at Augusta National Golf Club. He fired a 3-over-par 75 to drop into a tie for sixth, five strokes out of the playoff won by Adam Scott over Angel Cabrera.

“Just frustrated and disappointed,” the 32-year-old Nashville native said. “I played pretty well and putted horrible and didn't make the adjustments you've got to make. The greens got really slow on the back nine ... and I did not make the adjustments you have to make.”

Snedeker fell out of the lead for good with bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes.

Amazing Cabrera

Coming into the Masters, Angel Cabrera had just two victories in 187 starts on the PGA Tour. But if you're going to win two, what is better than the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont and the 2009 Masters?

Cabrera, 43, began the week as the 269th-ranked player in the world. He was trying to become the second-oldest player to win the Masters and the 17th to win the green jacket at least twice.

Guan's historic week

At only 14 years old, the youngest player ever to compete in the Masters, China's Guan Tianlang achieved something that Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Jay Sigel did.

Guan won low amateur honors after closing his historic first appearance at Augusta National with a 75 and a final score of 300. He placed 58th.

“The whole week is great for me,” he said. “I really enjoyed it. I'm having fun, and hopefully I play some good golf.”

Phil so-so

Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters champion, carded 15 birdies for the week but managed just one round under par, wrapping up his week with a 73 and a total of 297.

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