Monday Morning Links

Let’s start with some props to this guy, who legitimately won the 2009 Open Championship on the links of Turnberry by making some putts down the stretch, including a non-gimme on the 72nd hole of regulation. Then, he made a good par save on the first playoff hole and from there played nearly flawless golf. Take nothing away from how well Tom Watson played this week, don’t let a bogey on his last hole, followed by an ugly display in the playoff, fool you into think his carriage turned into a pumpkin. Mark Herrmann agrees, as did Rick Reilly in his closing essay on the ESPN telecast. If it’s any consolation to Watson, he took a big leap in the latest World Golf Rankings. Stewart Cink, meanwhile, has a career-altering victory which validates his consistently excellent play on Tour– something his relative lack of wins might have hidden for a while. By the way, check out Cink’s photos on the twitter feed I linked to, which includes the photo seen in today’s first post. Plenty of commenters already, while the family and fans back in Georgia are quite proud too. As Mark Bradley indicates, hopefully we will all appreciate Cink’s accomplishment eventually, rather than just dwell on what might have been for Watson.

Elsewhere in sports, we find some Roy Halladay trade rumors. This store caught fire leading up to the All Star Game when the Blue Jays indicated that they’d consider a deal if they were blown away by an offer. Doesn’t look like anything’s too close though. The Orioles also may deal some veterans, but are being pretty coy about it to try and drive up the price. The Brewers did make a move, getting Felipe Lopez from Arizona for a couple of minor leaguers. He should immediately become the second baseman, and might also be their leadoff hitter. They still need more pitching, however, to keep pace with the Cardinals and Cubs in the NL Central.

In other news…

Man walked on the Moon 40 years ago tomorrow, and HowStuffWorks posted a film commemorating the legendary Apollo 11 and its journey. Newsday has a photo gallery, as do other media outlets. I’m sure there is or will be even more content out there. The astronauts themselves say that Mars needs to be our next mission. They’ll be at the White House today. Kind of ironic that this anniversary occurs just after Walter Cronkite’s death. Cronkite was quite an admirer of space exploration. He was a giant of journalism, and we will all miss him.

Speaking of the White House, I’m going to try and get back to posting some political stuff- legitimately fair and balanced, of course. Mike Allen has some other tidbits on today in Washington, including a state visit from India’s Prime Minister in November. Also, the healthcare issue is still vexing, and the President has plenty of critics who smell blood. The public polling numbers, to the extent they will actually influence Congress, are not on President Obama’s side. Not sure if I think Bobby Jindal offers many alternative solutions to those which likely would be in any eventual reform. Naturally, President Obama intends to fight back. But can he really get the Senate’s Finance Committee to put a bill on the table this week, as Jake Tapper reports? Deliberative is probably a better approach here. The government gets one chance to do this even close to correctly.

Various other political perspectives, on the left, right, and in the middle, can be found through links here and here.

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This One’s For You, Roberto!

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).

Roberto DeVicenzo (left) honored with fellow Argentine Antonio Cerda in 2008

Roberto DeVicenzo (left) honored with fellow Argentine Antonio Cerda in 2008

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.

Angel Cabrera celebrated after his first major title; he won his second at the 2009 Masters

Angel Cabrera celebrated after his first major title; he won his second at the 2009 Masters