He hit as many bad shots as anyone on the top page of the leader board, but he hung around until everyone around him crumbled. Line up the Argentinean beef for next year's champions dinner.
The Phil Mickelson--Tiger Woods shootout brought to mind their '05 duel at Doral, providing fantastic theater that rightfully dominated Sunday's TV coverage.
With a more forgiving setup, softer-than-usual greens and calm weather, the scoring—44 eagles and 977 birdies this year compared with 19 and 758 in '08—and excitement were back and echoing through the pines.
The new-look chairman heard the U.S. Open comparisons and did something about them. Now lose the rough, Billy.
Gary Player (left) played for the 52nd and final time. Fuzzy Zoeller and most likely Greg Norman also made graceful exits, while fellow fiftysomethings Sandy Lyle (20th) and Larry Mize (30th) showed that they still got game.
The grounds at Augusta not pristine enough? Apparently not, as the club eliminated smoking in grandstands and observation areas. In an already tough year, it was yet another harsh blow to all those cigar-toking Wall Streeters.
Up two with two to play, it was his to lose, and the game that had been so reliable all week unraveled. That he was so gracious in defeat made it even tougher.
The PGA Tour's all-wallpaper team—Kenny Perry, Chad Campbell, Jim Furyk, et al.—looked nice but faded into the background when Tiger and Phil hung a masterpiece over the mantel.
Tiger and Phil
They stirred the echoes and the patrons, but ultimately, when each had a chance to post a score, he couldn't pull off the shots.
Jim Nantz Remembers: Seve at the Masters showed Ballesteros hitting two pivotal shots on 15 that today would flirt with the pines that forced Woods to lay up on Saturday.