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Francesco Molinari Melted Down On The Back 9 At The Masters

francesco molinari at the masters on sunday

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 14: Francesco Molinari of Italy walks on the second hole during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

After leading by one stroke through the front nine on Day 4 of the Masters, Francesco Molinari seemed like the man to beat for the green jacket. Unfortunately, he ultimately beat himself on the back nine.

Through the first 11 holes on Day 4, Molinari only had two bogeys. But hole No. 12 was where things really started to unravel for him.

On the par three 12th hole Molinari's ball fell into the water, where he would end up with a double-bogie. Despite getting a birdie on the 13th hole, Molinari's ball would find the drink again shortly after.

Molinari had his second double-bogie of the day on the 15th hole, giving him plus-3 on the day and minus-10 overall through 16 holes.

It has still been Molinari's best Masters performance to date though. Last year he finished tied for 20th.

The 2018 season was a banner year for Molinari. He won his first-ever major with a win at The Open Championship, and followed that up with a sixth-place performance at the PGA Championship, only his fifth-ever top-ten finish.

Molinari's loss has been Tiger Woods' gain though.

Tiger has surged on the back nine with two birdies and a bogie to take the lead at minus-3 on the day and minus-14 overall through 16 holes.