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Masters - Final Round and wrapup
April 10, 2011 - B.J. Lisko
Alright, even though a guy no one outside of golf's most ardent followers has ever heard of, Charl Schwartzel, won the Masters, it was one of the most fun to watch in recent memory. With 10 holes to go there were no less than a dozen guys with a shot at winning. Tiger Woods was in the lead momentarily. Angel Cabrera looked steady for a while. So did K.J. Choi, and Adam Scott nearly ran away with it. Geoff Ogilvy came from no where. So much to the point that CBS commentator David Feherty actually apologized when it flashed to the Australian and he was only two off the lead. That's how many players had a chance at the 2011 green jacket. And although Tiger showed flashes of his old self, when he missed the eagle putt on 15 it was almost like all the anticipation of Christmas morning as a kid only to look under the tree and see nothing. Wouldn't of made a difference in the long run. Even if Tiger had tied the Augusta course record of 63 it would've left him one back. I wanted Tiger to win. I think a lot of people wanted Tiger to win. Not because golf simply needs him to be on the final page of the leaderboard on Sundays, but because everyone has seemingly left him for dead. I heard no less than a half dozen sports writers, columnists and commentators say he had no chance this week. That he was done. That he was over. Tiger played about a five on the scale of 10 for Tiger, and he finished tied for third. If you're a sports writer and you're stupid enough to keep writing him off for dead, please forward me your columns. Actually, scratch that, I'll find them. I've got an ongoing list. I've got all your quotes. And when he wins, your Google Alert will pop up with your name and dumb quote in it. Hey, I make stupid predictions all the time, but I always write a column if I'm wrong and own up to it. You guys just act like nothing happened. Mark my words, Tiger will win again soon. And he will win a major in 2011. --- My pick of Phil Mickelson didn't pan out. His putter never got going and then he got a little sloppy off of the tee. My No. 2, Lee Westwood, showed signs of 2010 briefly but couldn't get enough of a rally going at any one point. Tiger was in it until about an hour left in the broadcast. Fred Couples threatened briefly, but couldn't stay hot enough to make any kind of move after he got things to 5-under. And my final pick, Miguel Angel-Jiminez, who I didn't see a single shot from televised all week, finished about where Mickelson did. Five picks — all made the cut. Add their earnings up and I'd stack them up with the top five of anyone else, because I'm willing to bet no one had Charl Schwartzel. They're certainly going to have him in their top five a lot more after Sunday. --- This was fun. I'll see everyone back here in the daily blogs come British Open time, and I'm sure along the way with plenty of baseball commentary on our three regional teams, who as of now are all playing very well. How cool would it be to see the Reds and Indians play one another at the top of their respective divisions?
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