What a Masters. This one had me transfixed just about all afternoon, starting with Tiger and Phil’s rally, which ended up being little more than a sideshow, and ending with a final couple of holes and playoff full of twists and turns. Kenny Perry may have lost a two-shot lead with bogeys on 17 and 18, but you gotta give Angel “El Pato” Cabrera serious credit for hanging in there after some early dropped shots of his own. Even on the first playoff hole, he stayed in the tournament only by a lucky bounce off a tree on his second shot, a great chip to the green, and then finally draining an eight-footer for par. After Perry hit a couple of errant shots on the second playoff hole, Cabrera made a steady par to win it. Two career victories in the U.S. and both of them majors. On two of America’s most famous courses- Augusta and Oakmont (the latter arguably being the country’s toughest, to boot).
So 41 years after Roberto De Vicenzo infamously signed for a scorecard that was one shot higher than it should have been, costing him a playoff with Bob Goalby, Argentina has a green jacket it can call its own. In Angel Cabrera, it also has a player who now, with two majors to his name, vaults into the ranks of golf’s legends.