PHIL MICKELSON Lefty shot a brilliant 31 on the final nine to
knock King Kong off his back and prove that the new Phil is for
TV VIEWERS For the second year in a row we got to watch the first
nine as well as the second, and we got it all without commercials.
ARNOLD PALMER Arnie was pure class, as usual, during his 50th and
final Masters, even shedding a few tears after his last lap.
April 18, 2004
BACK NINE ON SUNDAY Despite all the course changes and high
scores in earlier rounds, at least half a dozen players mounted
serious charges on the final holes.
CASEY WITTENBERG His classy even-par 288 silenced critics and
made him low amateur and 13th overall--good for an invite to next
year's Masters--while topping two guys who beat him last summer.
SERGIO GARCIA It took him a while to get started, but for nine
holes on Sunday he was once again the most exciting player under
age 25 in the world.
SHAUN MICHEEL Playing in his first ever Masters, he continued to
defy predictions of his demise, shooting a two-over 290 to become
the only one of last year's major winners to play on the weekend.
JOHN AND SHERRIE She pleaded guilty but stayed out of jail, and
although he missed the cut, he made an admirable run and hinted
that he may, at last, become a consistent force on the PGA Tour.
TIGER WOODS What's the difference between determined and
stubborn? Determined is letting Butch Harmon rebuild your swing
after the '97 Masters. Stubborn is not calling him now.
TV VIEWERS CBS blew Mickelson's big finish, cutting to the crowd
before his approach at 18 came to a stop, showing the winning
putt from an odd angle and almost completely missing his hug with
JACK NICKLAUS His postcut gripe about never playing Augusta again
made it look as if he was trying to steal Arnie's thunder on the
King's big day.
FIRST-ROUND LEADERS Justin Rose and Darren Clarke lit it up on
Thursday, but Clarke missed the cut and Rose's third-round 81
squashed his chances.
NICK FLANAGAN, GARY WOLSTENHOLME The reigning U.S. and British
Amateur champions, respectively, fell flat, missing the cut and
spoiling their chances for invitations to return next year.
SERGIO GARCIA His petulant post-Masters comments about a lack of
press were laughable. He hasn't won in two years yet still gets
more ink than most guys on Tour.
MIKE WEIR Call the Mounties. The little lefty from Canada had his
dream of winning back-to-back green jackets stolen when he missed
HOOTIE AND MARTHA One year later there is no clear winner or
loser, though the issue has not gone away and history is sure to
wed the unhappy couple forever.
Phil Mickelson's stirring win was the second-best Masters ever,
coming in just ahead of Jack Nicklaus's victory in 1986 at age 46
but behind Tiger Woods's epochal romp in '97.