Jimenez goes from odd-man out to invitee
Because an odd number of players made the cut at this year’s Masters, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez played his third round with a marker, Augusta National member and +2-handicapper Jeff Knox. Jimenez shot an even-par 72 and moved into a tie for 35th.
But with a four-under par 68 on Sunday, Jimenez moved all the way up the leaderboard to a tie for eighth. Along the way, he holed a 7-iron for eagle on the 450-yard, par-4 seventh hole. It was only the 10th eagle on the hole.
In just over 24 hours, Jimenez went from being the odd-man out to earning an exemption into next year’s Masters for his top-16 performance.
Four years later, they’re friends
Jim Nantz reported on CBS that Ernie Els called Trevor Immelman on Saturday night to wish his fellow South African good luck on Sunday. But the relationship between the two has not always been so congenial.
At 24, Immelman used a belly putter to defeat Padraig Harrington at the 2004 Deutsche Bank-SAP Open Tournament Players Championship of Europe. Earlier that week, Els, who tied for fifth place, said, “It’s become such an easy way to putt. Nerves and skill in putting is part of the game. Take a tablet if you can’t handle it.”
Immelman used a standard-length putter to win his Masters championship.
Flesch Meets a Watery Grave
When Steve Flesch hit his tee shot on the par-3 12th hole, he was only two shots behind Immelman. His 8-iron got hung-up in the wind and fell into Rae’s Creek. Flesch went on to make a double bogey.
The last player to hit a tee shot at the 12th into Rae’s Creek on Sunday and still win the Masters was Sandy Lyle in 1988.
Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday was the toughest day of the Masters, with the course playing to a stroke average of 74.66. Miguel Angel Jimenez (68), Heath Slocum (69), Nick Watney (71) and Stuart Appleby (71) were the only players to shoot under-par rounds. None of the players in the final 11 groups posted a score lower than 72.