Sunday at the Masters is one of those perfect days in sport. Between the history of Augusta, the top-notch competition, and the over-the-top dramatic CBS production, the final push towards the Green Jacket is just special.
Today was no exception. Although it would have been nice to see Tiger and Phil start a little closer to the leaders, having the two paired off on Sunday was awesome. Phil's front 9 was absolutely ridiculous, the best shot coming on 7 when he hit around some trees to within inches. One of the best shots of the tournament. Tiger was quiet on the front 9, but charged late just to remind us all how much the majors missed him. What other player could be such a draw, could make you jump up and cheer... all while essentially out of contention.
Angel Cabrera will make a great Masters champ, in fact if he was American he'd be a cult hero. The somewhat out of shape, former chain-smoking Argentine seems to be just the kind of guy most average golfers could identify with. I heard on the Golf Channel he had some veal (Argentina produces the world's best meat) drank some wine, and chilled with friends late into the night over the weekend... proving you don't have to pump iron and sleep in a hyperbaric chamber to be great at golf. Whether he becomes a household name in the US or not, he'll be as big in Buenos Aires as Manu Ginobli, and that's saying something.
It wasn't all good this weekend though. Kenny Perry had a great run, but unfortunately the ending will haunt the would be oldest Major champ ever. At 48, the reality is he probably won't get another crack at a major, certainly not the Masters. He put on a brave face in his interviews after the playoff, but deep down I can't imagine anybody getting over this one. No bogies all day and then back to back on 17 and 18, that's tough.
One final thought, is there a sport enhanced more by the benefits of High-Definition than golf? Football has to be up there, but the scenery at Augusta looks unreal in HD. Plus the fact that they are constantly playing old footage from the pre-HD era makes you really appreciate how good we have it now.