He hit as many bad shots as anyone on the top page of the leader board, but hehung around until everyone around him crumbled. Line up the Argentinean beeffor next year's champions dinner.
The Phil Mickelson--Tiger Woods shootout brought to mind their '05 duel atDoral, providing fantastic theater that rightfully dominated Sunday's TVcoverage.
With a more forgiving setup, softer-than-usual greens and calm weather, thescoring—44 eagles and 977 birdies this year compared with 19 and 758 in '08—andexcitement were back and echoing through the pines.
The new-look chairman heard the U.S. Open comparisons and did something aboutthem. Now lose the rough, Billy.
April 19, 2009
Gary Player (left) played for the 52nd and final time. Fuzzy Zoeller and mostlikely Greg Norman also made graceful exits, while fellow fiftysomethings SandyLyle (20th) and Larry Mize (30th) showed that they still got game.
The grounds at Augusta not pristine enough? Apparently not, as the clubeliminated smoking in grandstands and observation areas. In an already toughyear, it was yet another harsh blow to all those cigar-toking WallStreeters.
Up two with two to play, it was his to lose, and the game that had been soreliable all week unraveled. That he was so gracious in defeat made it eventougher.
The PGA Tour's all-wallpaper team—Kenny Perry, Chad Campbell, Jim Furyk, etal.—looked nice but faded into the background when Tiger and Phil hung amasterpiece over the mantel.
Tiger and Phil
They stirred the echoes and the patrons, but ultimately, when each had a chanceto post a score, he couldn't pull off the shots.
Jim Nantz Remembers: Seve at the Masters showed Ballesteros hitting two pivotalshots on 15 that today would flirt with the pines that forced Woods to lay upon Saturday.
Anthony Kim set a single-round record with 11 birdies, and Rory McIlroyfinished 20th, but McIlroy came close to getting DQ'd while Ryo Ishikawa andDanny Lee (right) missed the cut.
John Daly continued to redefine how far a two-time major winner could sink byparking an RV outside ANGC to hawk eponymous tchotchkes.
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