What a finish… Sunday’s Masters final round had me pacing the Cave! From the all-star “undercard” of Tiger vs. Phil to the final putt on the second playoff hole, that had just about everything a golf fan could want to see in a major.
By the way Tiger and Phil were dropping birdies on the front nine, I would have sworn one of them was going to be wearing the green jacket by the end of the day. But a pair of missed eagle putts and Phil finding water early on the back took the spring out of their steps. Next thing you know, they were both in trouble on #18 and had no chance of winning it all.
That left a good six holes for Kenny Perry, Chad Campbell and Ángel Cabrerra to battle it out. For a while there it seemed like none of them could make a putt…they must have missed our Short Game Blowout a few weeks back! Perry must be upset with himself today, because he had more than one opportunity to add to his lead and just couldn’t bury the ball when he had to.
In the end, Ángel Cabrerra added a second major to his resume, which has to silence some critics and give his career a little more sparkle. After his out-of-nowhere victory at Oakmont in 2007, the Argentinian has shown he can win the big ones under some pretty intense pressure. His final approach shot to the green after Perry had sailed way left sealed the deal and earned Cabrerra a coveted new addition to his closet.
It’s finals like that one that make the Masters what it is, and why I’m already looking forward to next year! Congrats to Cabrerra and thanks to all the rest for making our Sunday afternoon so exciting!