April 8, 2018 / 9:46 PM / 4 months ago

Casey threatens course record before poor finish for 65

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) - Paul Casey threatened the Augusta National course record on his way to a seven-under-par 65 in the final round at the U.S. Masters on Sunday.

Paul Casey of England looks over is putt on the 18th green during final round play of the 2018 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S. April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Bogeys at the final two holes cost Casey a share of the record 63 held by Nick Price (third round, 1986) and Greg Norman (first round, 1996).

Paul Casey of England walks up the 18th fairway during final round play of the 2018 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S. April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The Englishman accrued an eagle and seven birdies before his two dropped shots left a sour taste.

It was still his best score in 42 rounds at Augusta as he finished at five-under 283.

Casey’s round was highlighted by a brilliant run as he picked up six strokes in five holes from the 11th.

The former world number three came into the Masters in sizzling form after his one-stroke win over Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods at the Valspar Championship in March.

Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Ian Chadband

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