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Angel Cabrera wins the Masters

It was a surprise to many, including myself. A closer examination of Cabrera’s record, shows he has never finished outside the top 20 at Augusta. Make note to myself- Check player past performance more closely in the future.

Cabrera was the recipient of a very lucky break. His drive on the first playoff hole landed behind a tree. The Argentine suicidally bravely tried to play the ball out to the right in the opposite direction of where the hole was. Cabrera hit a tree but the golf gods intervened and his ball ricocheted out into the fairway.

Kenny Perry again comes up short at major championship time. He lost the 1996 PGA Championship in a playoff also. At age 48, Perry is unlikely to get another opportunity like had this last weekend.

Did Perry choke yesterday? He made bogey on 17 and 18 to set up the playoff. Then he didn’t play well at all in the playoff. There have been worse collapses in majors, including the Masters. Ed Sneed bogied the last three holes in 1979 and like Perry lost on the second hole of sudden death. Sneed’s finish was worse in regulation but Perry did much worse when the playoffs are compared.

Chad Campbell also lost in the playoff. He unlike Perry, may contend again at The Masters. Campbell finished tied for 3rd in the 2006 tournament. He seems to like playing Augusta National.

Other notes-

*- Phil Mickelson looked like he was charging to the greatest come from behind victory in Masters history. Mickelson played the front nine in 30 and was 10 under for the tournament. A 34 on the last nine holes would have made the playoff but it wasn’t to be. Two missed short putts were just the the most prominent lowlights of a back nine that started with so much hope.

*- One of these days The Masters will finish on a Monday morning because of CBS policy of having play end at approximately 6:45-7 p.m. A playoff of longer than two holes or a Sunday weather delay seem to be the only things that will change this reckless course of action.

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