It was an
odd journey with some sketchy detours, but
one of the “next big things” finally arrived.
Where does he go from here?
He kissed up to Tiger too much,
but his dead-on call of Immelman’s third shot at 15
on Saturday — “there’s a little flat spot right
there” — more than made up for it.
CBS’s 3-D Animation
graphic brought to life the hills of Augusta
National, plus all the bumps and
slopes that make the greens so tough.
The 72-year-old set
the record for Masters appearances (51),
posted a respectable 78 on Friday, then had his fellow
South African and protege, Immelman,
The ’07 U.S. Amateur
runner-up called a penalty on himself and
kept a positive attitude, just as he did after fleeing
from Hurricane Katrina as a sophomore at Tulane.
Jeev Milkha Singh
one of the special exemptions that made
Colin Montgomerie cranky, then acquitted
himself nobly, finishing 25th.
It was major deja vu as
untested foes crumbled in front of him, but
for two straight years Woods hasn’t
able to figure out Augusta’s greens.
award for referring to Wen-Chong Liang as “the
Chinaman,” then offering a nonapology
Paul Casey, Ian
Poulter and Justin Rose looked great for
stretches, but Rose blew up, Poulter petered
out and Casey melted down the stretch.
A phrase that had come to
symbolize anything-can-happen excitement
could now be sponsored by Sominex. Sunday’s climax
was all denouement.
He was on a
plane during Immelman’s run, and
his Friday get-up turned the Black
Knight into the Good Humor Man.
The Amateur champ passed up a
Masters invite to turn pro, so instead of an Augusta
tee time he had the glory of a fourth at the Livermore
Valley Wine Country Championship.
The Thai star with a
Horatio Alger backstory received one of the other exemptions
but an injured back led to a first-round 82 and a
WD after nine on Friday.