The annual golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. came to an exciting close Sunday. All the familiar faces were there including the all-star pair of Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
However, neither Woods nor Mickelson was able to execute their plans over the course of the tournament. Woods seemed poised for his traditional comeback, but it never materialized. Woods shot a 70, 72, 70 and 68, which placed him in a four-way tie for sixth. Mickelson shot inconsistently, with a 73, 68, 71, and 67 placing him in 5th. With Woods and Mickelson out of the spotlight, the field opened up.
For much of the Masters, there was an unlikely hero: 48-year-old Kenny Perry. Perry, who was born in Elizabeth Town, Kent., shot spectacular golf for the first two rounds posting a 68 and 67. However, he was not able to hold on, finishing the last two days with a 70 and 71. Because of Kenny Perry’s collapse, the Masters ended in nothing less than drama.
Perry’s weekend ended in a three-way playoff with Angel Cabrera, who scored a 68, 68, 69, 71, and Chad Campbell, who scored a 65, 70, 72, 69. The players had tied at 276 strokes.
On the first playoff hole, Perry and Campbell both drove stellar shots while Cabrera drove straight into the trees. Cabrera found some luck bouncing his next shot off of a tree, leaving him on the fairway 140 yards from the green. Campbell’s second shot landed him in the bunker while Perry’s second shot also found its way near the bunker, just managing to stay out of the sand. Perry had a beautiful approach shot, letting him tap his putt in for par. Campbell chipped his way out of the bunker and landed four feet away from the hole. Meanwhile, Cabrera’s third shot landed around seven feet away from the hole. In the end, Cabrera made his putt—Campbell, however, did not. This left Cabrera and Perry to duke it out on the tenth hole, widely considered to be one of the hardest holes at Augusta. There were only two birdies on the tenth hole, while the hole saw nine bogeys throughout the tournament.
Cabrera finished out the tenth with a two-putt for par, winning the tournament. Cabrera was born in Argentina, and is the only Argentine to ever win the Green Jacket. At number 69 in the world, he was also the lowest ranked player to win the Masters since 1986, when Jack Nicklaus took the Green Jacket. The Masters delivered a spectacular ending and many are already anticipating the return to Augusta next spring.