April 12, 2009
Angel Cabrera has won the Masters, but around here, the story is just as much the guy who lost. Kenny Perry was the sentimental favorite this weekend, and for 70 of 72 holes, he certainly seemed destined to be the man wearing the green jacket when the sun set on Sunday. (Sorry, but the Masters just gets you in a poetic mood.)
Anyway, Cabrera was simply consistent all weekend long, never too high, never too low. And at the moment when all appeared lost -- he shanked his tee shot on the first playoff hole into the woods at 18 -- fortune smiled on the Argentinean. (Sorry again.) He smacked a drive that caromed off a tree and ended up in the fairway, keeping him in the playoff and setting him up for the second-hole victory.
And Perry ... ah, Kenny, we feel terrible for ya. Between his two-shot birdie on 12 and his inches-from-the-pin near-ace on 16, Perry certainly seemed like he was all set to cap off a remarkable late-career resurgence. But bogeys on 17 and 18 left the door open, and Cabrera and Chad Campbell worked their way in to a playoff that ultimately doomed Perry.
So there you have it. This may not have been one for the ages, but it was the best tournament of the year, and that's all we need. Congratulations, Angel Cabrera!