Jason Day who had been leading until the final 2 holes on Saturday, came out on fire Sunday. He birdied number 1, and eagled number 2. Brandt Snedeker and Miguel Angel Cabrera led at -7 and were playing in the final round. After three holes, the three were tied at 8 under.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods who has never come back to win a major, made unsatisfying pars through the first four holes and 3 putted the 5th for a bogey, dropping to -2, then bogeyed the 7th, and most likely out of contention.
Tiger finally made birdies on the 9th and 10th to give his fans something to cheer for. But at 3 under par, he was still 6 shots back.
Meanwhile, the 43-year-old Argentinian, Angel Cabrera was playing the best golf of all. He was 9 under par, 2 ahead of the field by the time he made the turn to the back nine. He has won only two tournaments in the United States. He won the U.S. Open, and the Masters in 2009.
When both Snedeker and Angel Cabrera bogeyed the 10th, it brought the field closer. They were 6 and 8 under respectively, until they took their second shots at the 13th. They both found the water in front of the green.
Meanwhile, Jason Day continued a comeback, and so did Adam Scott. The par 5 fifteenth found Tiger on in two. After the 15th, Day was 8 under par, while Angel Cabrera bogeyed the 13th. The leaderboard had Day at 8 under, Angel Cabrera and Scott at 7 under.
Tiger woods reached the par 3 sixteenth at 5 under par. His tee shot landed within 12 feet of the cup. This was his chance, his only chance to challenge for the green jacket. He pushed the put to the right, while Jason Day was making a birdie on the 15th to lead by 2 strokes at 9 under par.
When Day bogeyed the 16th, the hearts of the field lifted. And the rain began to fall harder. It was starting to look like that scene in “Caddyshack”.
Adam Scott was now tied with Day at 8 under. When Day hit his second shot on 17 into the bunker, Scott was apparently going to be in the lead. Meanwhile, Angel Cabrera birdied the 3 par 16th, to go 8 under and tied for the lead. Day had bogeyed the 17th.
Tiger made par on the 18th, to finish a respectable 5 under par. He will not forget this tournament. If he takes the positive side of it, he will realize how well he played in spite of some back luck.
Adam Scott was playing just ahead of Angel Cabrera on the 17th. The Masters came down to the 18th and final hole.
Adam Scott made a 20-some foot birdie to go 9 under par and was one ahead of Angel Cabrera. With Scott in the clubhouse, Angel Cabrera hit his second shot within 4 feet of the cup. He was 8 under par. He easily put the ball in the middle of the cup. It’s playoff time.
Beginning on the 18th, Scott and Angel Cabrera matched each other shot for shot, almost at the same distance. They both made par. Over to the tenth, and the first two shots were matched as well.
Angel Cabrera putted first, and his ball hung on the edge of the hole. From almost the same distance, Scott sunk his putt and won the Masters.
He became the first “Aussie” to win the Masters. Not even the “Shark”, Greg Norman could accomplish a win in Augusta.
A new young golfer will join those who wear the “green jacket”.
Columnist-The Guardian Express