Masters Matters

Angel CabreraAnother great US Masters is wrapped up and despite what you may read on some other golf websites, it was a finish worth remembering. Here’s a few thoughts from the weekend:
  • Luke Black from the Gold Coast is wondering how much a flight to Argentina is worth after placing a bet on Angel Cabrera before round one at 150-1. His reasoning:

    “…he’s long and has exceptional nerve (as witnessed when he held on to win the US Open in ’07 with Woods and Furyk chasing him down). And i reckon he would be a good bloke to have a beer with, despite the language barrier.”

  • There was a huge amount of coverage of the Tiger/Phil challenge. It was quite something to watch but let’s not forget the other battle up front. Shingo Katayama finished higher than these two and was only given limited TV coverage.
  • It was another lean year for the Aussies. Geoff Ogilvy saved some face with five birdies over the last five holes. Aaron Baddeley seemed to have been left to fend for himself on Easter Sunday but managed to tie for 16th.
  • Will Kenny Perry get a passport and actually leave the US this year and play the The Open at Turnberry?
  • The US Masters is a great but very strange tournament. It’s target golf at it’s finest but it appears low on actual shot making. Plenty of birdies this year though which was fun to watch.Masters Gallery
  • It was tough to see Kenny Perry lose as well as Chad Campbell but keep in mind the remarkable par Angel Cabrera made on the first playoff hole. It will not be etched into Masters folklore quite as much as if Tiger had done the same thing.
  • Is there a dress code at Augusta? I’ve never seen so many “just above the knee” light coloured chino shorts and polo shirts in my life.
  • Speaking of dress code, Camilo Villegas was dressed superbly. All white with green hat. He and his caddy played ambrose for most of the day and no one knew the difference.Camilo Villegas
  • The Presidents Cup: October 2009, San Fransisco. First singles match: Angel Cabrera v Kenny Perry.

  • Finally, this is worth a read if you haven’t seen it already. It’s an article from Mark Kiszla at the Denver Post titled “Mob mentality turns Masters into one-eyed Tiger-fest“. An excerpt:

    Golf has a problem. Tigermania has grown so huge that the birdies and eagles no longer count for much unless it’s Woods making the gallery roar. The Masters has lost its relevance and a grand celebration of golf is shuffled underfoot when the headline after 54 holes of the sport’s premier event reads: Woods trails leaders by seven strokes.

Photos courtesy of Rainier Ehrhardt, Pops at www.augusta.com

One thought on “Masters Matters

  • April 13, 2009 at 22:49
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    Great recap! I too noticed the bland khaki shorts requirement of the gallery. Missed Mr. Villegas in the white and green. That’s great. Also love Mr. Katayama. I was pulling for Mr. Norman to play this weekend. I wish I had seen more coverage of all the “other” players.

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