So, it is the genial Angel Cabrera, who gets to wear the Green Jacket. Hats off to him for such a fantastic show. Cabrera’s save for par from behind the tree on the first play-off was dramatic and that may have paved the way for this great win.
Though Cabrera was my favourite, I somehow felt that the seasoned Kenny Perry, who was bidding to become the oldest winner of any Major, would pull it off. So, despite Cabrera’s stronger contention at the start of the day, I backed Perry and bet on him. I lost. While Cabrera beat Perry and Chad Campbell’s challenge, the marquee pairing of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson gave the spectators enough excitement.
Mickelson set the course ablaze with a 30 on the front nine and he was suddenly in contention. Woods was three-under for the front nine and then he had Augusta abuzz with three birdies between the 13th and 16th and he was at 10-under.
He probably became even more aggressive and ended dropping bogeys on the 17th and 18th to fall to eight-under and finished tied fifth.
Mickelson was fourth at nine-under. Shingo Katayama was third at 10-under with a 68 in final round.
Cabrera, one felt, had gone out of contention as he was nine-under after 12. But three birdies between the 13th and 16th saw him get to 12-under and two good pars saw him in the play-off.
Cabrera’s save for par from behind the tree dealt the final blow for his rivals. At 14-under, Perry was set for the title, but back-to-back bogeys saw him fall back in the play-off and then lose out.
Campbell, with three birdies between the 12th and 15th, was unable to get any more on the last three holes and then fell to the heroics from Cabrera.
I am off to Hilton Head Island for the next event on the PGA Tour. I had initially planned to be back in India and possibly Europe. But now with some invites and the fact I am playing well has prompted me to stay on here.
All in all, a great Masters, but I say that with a touch of regret that I was not playing over the weekend. But be sure I am going to be back next year.