Sunday at The 2009 Masters

April 13, 2009 |

What a special final day for the 2009 Masters. Until the very end, we got to see some great golf. The 2 leaders’ going into the final day were 48 year old Kenny Perry and almost 40 year old Angel Cabrera, they both started the day at 11 under par. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, however, took center stage, even though; they were both 4 under par with a slew of other players. Tiger and Phil were in a Battle Royale, Tiger shot 33 on the front 9, while Phil got an unusual upper hand on his arch nemesis by shooting a record tying 30. With the crowds gathering around them, the deafening roars were resonating up the metal and graphite shaft’s of the other players’ golf clubs and straight threw their hearts. Kenny Perry was one of only a few players un-fazed by the large gallery screaming for Tiger and Phil. Unfortunately, Tiger and Phil burned out on 17 and 18  and ended up with Phil -9 and Tiger -8.

Kenny, who played “Cool hand Luke” for 15 holes, hit an amazing shot on the par 3, 16th to within six inches for birdie and a two shot lead at 14 under. Then out of no where, “Sphincter Contractus” set in and he bogies 17 and 18, to go 12 under and into a three way tie with Angel Cabrera and Chad Campbell. Chad made an impressive run with only two bogeys and shot a 67 for his 12 under finish. Angel’s Journey to 12 under was totally different than Kenny’s. Angel, unlike Kenny, was affected by the roars coming from Tiger and Phil’s gallery, but for a different reason than the other golfers. Without being able to see the leaderboard until the 11th hole Angel, was just being too aggressive knowing from the roar of the crowd that Tiger and Phil were making a move. After bogeys on 4, 5, and 10, it appeared he might be done. But Angel’s nickname is the “Duck” and he decided to be the Main Course. Once he saw the scores weren’t as impressive as the crowd’s jubilation implied, Angel Cabrera turned into a Porsche Carrere and birdied 3 of the last eight holes to get back to 12 under which proved to be enough for a playoff.

On the 1st playoff hole, all three approaches to the 18th green missed. The most disappointing was Chad’s, he was the last to hit his approach and he stuck it in the sand just right of the green. Angel, whose ball was the only one to miss the fairway and lie near a tree, hit his second shot off another tree that got a “members” bounce back into the fairway. He followed that luck ball with his third shot that landed 6 feet from the pin and he made par. Kenny chipped a 45 footer that fell short of going in by 5 inches and he tapped in for par. Chad, unfortunately, came out of the sand to within 4 feet and missed his par putt, Chad Campbell: “No soup for you!” Angel and Kenny moved on to the 2nd playoff hole which was a 495 yard, downhill, par 4. Kenny’s approach shot went wide left; he ended up with a bogey. Angel had the luxury of 2 putting for the win. All in all, it was a special day, Kenny was the sentimental favorite, Tiger and Phil thrilled us, and Angel won his second Major and put the famed “Green Jacket” in the hands of Argentina for the first time ever.