South African Charl Schwartzel extended Australia’s long history of heartbreak at the Masters but at least there was plenty to cheer about this time.Schwartzel birdied the final four holes in a brilliant six-under-par 66 closing round on Sunday to win by two strokes from Australians Adam Scott (67) and Jason Day (68) at 14-under 274.Scott, Day and Geoff Ogilvy (67 and tied 4th) made a small slice of history of their own, even if Australia’s long wait for a first Masters green jacket goes on.Never before had three Australians been tied for the lead late in the final round at the Masters.While Schwartzel’s charge could not be denied, the Australian trio could all hold their heads high after a riveting final day.After wielding his broomstick putter with aplomb, Scott was the most disappointed, having led with only two holes left and parred home only to be run down by Schwartzel.”I played well today and that’s all you could ask for,” said Scott.Scott and Day provided Australia’s first runner-up finish since Greg Norman’s heartbreak in 1996. Norman also contended in 1999 before finishing third.Countrymen Jack Newton, Bruce Crampton and Jim Ferrier also previously finished second.Scott is fully aware how much it would mean to golf fans back home to finally see an Australian win the Masters.”For the first time in a few years they’ve really had something to get up for on a Monday morning and watch,” Scott said.”It would have made the Masters exciting for them this year to have three guys contending on the back nine Sunday.”Hopefully they’re proud of us and probably disappointed like we are that none of us are walking away as champion.”I feel like my game is in great shape and it was just great to make a run this weekend. I just want to get back in the mix next time.”Playing alongside Scott in the third last group, Day birdied the final two holes in a magnificent Masters debut.”I didn’t expect Charl would come back with four birdies to finish it off, but my hat’s off to him,” said 23-year-old Day.”It’s the most exciting tournament I’ve ever played in. You are out there in the middle of the fairway and there are roars around you and you don’t know what’s going on.”And then you see that little number pop up on the leaderboards and everyone screaming.”I’m very happy with how I handled myself out there, especially as this is my first Masters experience.”Ogilvy came from nowhere with five consecutive birdies starting at the 12th hole.He walked off the 16th green tied for the lead but pars at the final two holes were not enough as he tied for fourth with Tiger Woods and Luke Donald, four shots behind.Winner Schwartzel made a dream start with a chip-and-run birdie from about 40 metres at the first hole, followed by an eagle at the par-four third.After a bogey at No.4 he hung around with 10 successive pars before making his closing charge to become the first player to win the Masters with birdies at the final four holes.Jack Nicklaus also played the final four holes in four-under in 1986, going eagle, birdie, birdie, par.Schwartzel became the third South African to win the Masters, after Gary Player (1961, 74, 78) and Trevor Immelman (2008).Rory McIlroy, who took a four-stroke lead into the final round, succumbed to the pressure, shooting 80 to tie for 15th.The 21-year-old from Northern Ireland still had a one-shot lead at the turn but a triple bogey at No.10, where his tee shot hit a tree and ended some 50 metres left of the fairway, ended his chances.Woods looked like winning a fifth green jacket after a blazing start, negotiating the front nine in 31 strokes, five-under.But he missed a tiny par putt at No.12 and squandered a golden eagle chance at the 15th meaning he still needs four more majors to match Nicklaus’s record 18.