Trevor Immelman lives, sort of
**UPDATE: Trevor Immelman withdrew from the Players with an illness on Thursday morning.** It's not quite old news that Trevor Immelman won the Masters, but it has been almost a month. After his obligatory and pretty funny appearance on Letterman reading the top-10 list, Trev has kept a low profile. That would be on account of not playing so well. He missed the cut at the Nelson and Wachovia. That's your classic Masters hangover effect.
Immelman admitted Wednesday that yes, he's looking forward to two weeks off after this week so he can go home and decompress. Of course, he can't even get away from the Masters there. He's getting 30 or 40 Masters flags to sign at his house every day in the mail.
"It's been real interesting because after I won, it was going from such a huge high to coming down and then having to deal with everything," Immelman said in a scheduled press conference. "I had no clue what to expect, and then going out to play and not being focused. My game has kind of gone sideways since then, so that's been a little disappointing."
Immelman said he probably won't get back home to South Africa until the end of the year when he'll play in the Nedbank Challenge. He's also gotten tips on how to deal with his sudden fame from major winners such as Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Geoff Ogilvy, and from Sergio Garcia, who hasn't won a major yet, but who has done a number of TV commercials.
One thing Immelman mentioned -- and most of the other players repeated -- is that the greens at the Stadium Course are firm and fast. So firm, in fact, that it's almost scary. "I don't anticipate the scores being too good, to be honest," Immelman said.
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