X-Man's Agony: Another close call in major for Schauffele

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Xander Schauffele bites his club after taking his second tee shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament on Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Augusta, Ga. His first tee shot went into the water. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Xander Schauffele stepped up to the 16th tee with all the momentum at the Masters.

He had just ripped off four straight birdies.

He had closed the gap on Hideki Matsuyama to a mere two strokes.

Schauffele decided to hit one right at the flag.

“I was coming in hot. I was feeling good,” he said. “I was a little hyper-aggressive on 16.”

Schauffele wound up becoming the latest victim of the iconic par-3 hole known as Redbud — and added another close call to a major championship resume that he admits is becoming “a big ball of scar tissue.”

His 8-iron didn't go quite as far as he planned, skipped off the side of bank and plopped into the water.

Schauffele wound up with the first triple bogey he's ever had in a major — in 1,042 holes — and squandered any chance of catching Matsuyama, who went on to become the first man from Japan to capture one of golf's biggest events.