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Masters captivates Crenshaw

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Ben Crenshaw, who knows a thing or two about emotional Masters victories, could not contain the fan within when asked on Monday if he watched Sunday’s shootout at Augusta National.

“I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it,” said Crenshaw, who was in Pinehurst for the official opening of the No. 2 course, which he and Bill Coore redesigned in advance of the 2014 U.S. Open. “Never have I seen so much collective good play. Nobody backed off at all.”

Crenshaw, a two-time Masters champion whose signature victory in 1995 came just days after his longtime swing coach Harvey Penick died, said he was most impressed with champion Charl Schwartzel’s birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie finish.

“I don’t know how you can finish more like a major champion,” he said. “I’m not sure anyone has ever birdied the last four holes to win.”