An angry Tiger Woods was left to regret mistakes made earlier in the tournament as everybody at Augusta reflected on Zach Johnson's surprise win on Sunday.
Woods broke a club with a full-blooded swing at a woody lie
Woods finished two shots behind Johnson in a tie for second having carded a 72.
With that went his chance of a third straight major title, a 13th career major and a fifth Green Jacket.
"I had a chance and looking back I basically blew it with the two rounds when I finished bogey-bogey," he said referring to Thursday and Saturday.
"That's four over in two holes. You can't afford to do that and win major championships."
But the world number one struggled with his game on Sunday too from the moment he span the ball off the 1st green for a bogey.
A birdie at the 2nd gave the 31-year-old superstar a share of the lead and he briefly led on his own a few holes later before he spun another ball off the 6th green for another dropped shot. Another dropped shot came at the 10th.
But then a remarkable incident on the following hole seemed to kick-start his competitive instincts and briefly revive his hopes.
I just made a couple of mistakes out there today
Another wayward tee shot at the par-four 11th left Woods with a horrible lie behind a pine tree. Despite having no room to follow through, he took a full swing at the ball, connected sweetly and smashed his club against the tree.
The club snapped and Woods was left wringing his hands, but the ball was up by the green and he would go on to save par.
"I kept plodding along," he said. "This course was playing very difficult. You just tried to give yourself as many chances for birdies as you could because they were hard to come by."
One of those chances came two holes later but it was not for a birdie. A magnificent approach to the 13th set up a tap-in eagle and suddenly Tiger seemed ready to pounce once more.
But Johnson refused to buckle up ahead and Woods was unable to extract any more shots out of the tough Augusta run-in. In fact, he found water with his second at the next par-five and needed all his powers to save par.
With his 72 matching his best round this week, it was the first time Woods failed to shoot at least one under-par round at Augusta since winning here in 1997.
I felt if I could get it back to even by the turn I would have a chance but I just didn't make any birdies
"It was a little bit frustrating," he said. "I just made a couple of mistakes out there today."
Woods, however, was not the only big name left disappointed by his Augusta effort, defending champion Phil Mickelson saw his hoped-for Sunday challenge come unstuck with a triple-bogey at the 1st.
"I'm already thinking about the US Open, I'd like nothing more than to come back with a victory," the left-hander said after carding a five-over 77 to finish 10 shots behind Johnson.
"I'll be spending a lot of time at Oakmont trying to get a good game set up there."
The 36-year-old, Masters champion in 2004 and 2006, began the final round four shots off the lead and kept plugging away despite his terrible start.
"I felt if I could get it back to even by the turn I would have a chance but I just didn't make any birdies," he said. "This just wasn't my day.
"I didn't feel I played that well or certainly as well as I wanted to but I fought hard to stay in there and had a good chance going into Sunday and that's what I wanted."