What started out as a bang ended in a whimper as Kenny Perry gave the Masters to Angel Cabrera. Perry had a two stroke lead with two holes left but bogeyed 17 and 18 allowing Cabrera and Chad Campbell into a playoff. From there two awful playoff holes were playedwith Campbell going out after hole one. Then Perry muffed his second shot and with that handed the tourney to Cabrera.
The final round was exciting with a classic duel between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Both made a run at first place but fell short, having a great number of strokes to makeup. As the leaders trudged around the course, it was Phil and Tiger charging that made the excitement of the final round.
The Masters said goodbye this week to Gary Player and Fuzzy Zoeller. The two played their
last competitive Masters rounds. Both were met with standing ovations when they came to the
18th hole on Friday.
And so the 2009 Masters is in the book with eyes now turning to Bethpage Black for the US Open in June.
The PGA TOUR now moves to South Carolina for the Verizon tournament, Boo Weekly is the defending champ. Boo will be going for his third straight Verizon title.
IN OTHER NEWS
Woods to play in China before going Down Under
By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—Tiger Woods is beefing up his international schedule at the end of the year, saying Wednesday that he will play the HSBC Champions in China the week before he heads to Melbourne for the Australian Masters.Woods shut down his overseas travel in 2007 after the birth of his first child, and couldn’t play last year as he recovered from knee surgery. He announced last week he would play in Australia for the first time since the Presidents Cup in 1998. The trip Down Under comes with a $3 million appearance fee, half of which comes from taxpayers in the state of Victoria. Woods defended the appearance money when asked about it at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
“This is the only place that doesn’t have appearance fees,” Woods said of the PGA Tour. “Most of the guys get appearance fees to play around the world. I’ve played all around the world and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed going. “Obviously, there’s some controversy behind it, but I’m really looking forward to getting down there and competing.”
The HSBC Champions is expected to become a World Golf Championship, and when it does, it will be the only WGC event that Woods has not won. But it won’t be his first appearance at the tournament in Shanghai.
He was runner-up in 2005 and 2006. Phil Mickelson won the HSBC a year later.
Greg Norman has signed an endorsment deal with Taylor Made this past week. Along with Norman Taylor Made also announced the recent signing of Rory Sabbatini.
Phil Mickelson inked a five year extension with Callaway Golf and will continue to play a full complement of Callaway equipment.
The World Rankings after the Masters. Tiger remains at #1. Next comes Phil and Sergio. Geoff Ogilvy is 4, Padraig Harrington is at 5. Kenny Perry cracks the top ten at 6 with Paul Casey, Vijay Singh, Henrik Stenson, and Camilo Villegas finishing up the top ten.
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