Monday, 13 April 2009

2009 - Week 19 Winner

Angel Cabrera (ranked 44th by Golf Predictor) captured his second major title on an incident packed final day at Augusta National (see video below). El Pato ("The Duck") overcame Kenny Perry (ranked 12) at the second extra hole, after Chad Campbell (ranked 59th) dropped out on the first. The leaders were largely overshadowed by the fireworks from Tiger (ranked 1st) and Phil (ranked 2nd) in front of them, until the big two faltered near the end of their rounds. Perry appeared to seal the deal when he hit a fantastic tee shot to gimmie range on the par 3 16th. However, Cabrera held his nerve to stroke in his birdie put to remain two shots behind with two to play.

It was then Perry's tournament to lose, and unfortunately lose it he did. Having gone without a bogey for 22 holes, Perry bogeyed the last two holes to open the door for Cabrera and Campbell. When the Argentinian found a horrid spot behind a tree on the first play-off hole, it looked all over for him. He managed to salvage par via a lucky ricochet on to the fairway and a great approach. Poor approaches from perfect spots by the other two let Cabrera off the hook and when Perry messed up the second play-off hole, the Argentinian wasn't as generous. Perry showed great sportmanship and dignity in defeat. That must have been tough to take for the 48 year old Kentuckian who was bidding to become the oldest ever major champion.

We had four out of the top twelve in what was the best Masters in years. Major kudos (pun intended!) must go to the green blazers for the great course set up. It facilitated the welcome return of the old Masters magic. Honourable mention to God for the weather too!

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