The 2009 edition of the Masters Tournament was a let down for me this year. I’ve always looked forward to the famous back nine duals of years gone by. We have been spoiled by Augusta in the past when players traded birdies, chip ins and long bomb putts during the back nine of the final round. This year it was more like a game of hot potato, ‘I don’t want it you take it, I don’t want it either, you can have it’.
The first was Phil Mickelson, who after a six under par front nine to get himself into contention, hit it in the water on 12 and made double bogey, missed a three footer for eagle on 13 and another makeable birdie at 16. Phil finally bowed out on 18 with a bogey. Next was Chad Campbell who missed two makeable eagle putts and a birdie putt on the final hole which could have meant the victory. Campbell did manage to get into the playoff before missing a 10 footer on the first extra hole. Finally there was Kenny Perry who after 11 straight pars finally made a birdie on 12 before bogeying the final two holes to fall into the playoff.
Eventual Champion Angel Cabrera did manage to make a clutch birdie on 16 before some really shaky ball striking on 18 to scramble for pars (including a second time on 18 which was the first playoff hole, #10). He did manage two good shots and two putts on the second playoff hole for the win after Perry hooked his second shot well left and couldn’t get up and down for par.
It was an average tournament to watch, but in the end I believe the Masters signifies the opening of the golf season here in Canada. I’ve got my first round of the year booked for Thursday at Swaneset Bay Resort, let’s go play golf!
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