Final round play of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club

Xander Schauffele of the U.S. in action on the 12th hole during final round play of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., April 14, 2019.

AUGUSTA Ga. — Xander Schauffele, in only his second Masters, was alone atop the leaderboard for a brief moment during the late stages of the final round on Sunday but said falling short to Tiger Woods in a major was like a dream.

Schauffele, who was playing two groups ahead of Woods, ended up one shot back of the five-time champion and when asked about the experience at Augusta National was anything but bitter.

“Like a dream, honestly,” said the 25-year-old Schauffele. “It’s what I watched as a kid. It’s what I watched growing up. Just everything about it, and for me to be a part of it and give it a good run ... it was an incredible experience today.”

Schauffele, who began the day five shots back of overnight leader Francesco Molinari, rolled in an eight-foot birdie putt at the par-four 14th hole that put him into the lead for all but a couple minutes.

“It’s hard to really feel bad about how I played, just because I just witnessed history,” he said. “It was really cool coming down the stretch, all the historic holes, Amen Corner, 15, 16, Tiger making the roars.”

Schauffele’s four-under-par 68 was one shot shy of the day’s low round and earned him his fourth top-10 result in his eighth major championship start.