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Posted on: April 11, 2010 6:57 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2010 7:00 pm
 

Masters wrap

By Eric Kay

Phil Mickelson did it. He won the Masters for the third time (also in 2004/06), and took away what would amount to endless Tiger talk this summer (OK, we'll still be talking Tiger, but maybe we'll get a break in 10 or so days). But watching Phil hug Amy was touching, and begs the jaded question: Who would Tiger have hugged? Kudos to the CBS team for letting the event's noise guide the telecast, and not draping the imagery with vocal hyperbole.

Phil joins Jimmy Demaret, Gary Player, Sam Snead and Nick Faldo as players with three Masters wins. Impressive company, indeed.

Lee Westwood, once again, proved more bridesmaid than bride and Anthony Kim did his best to shake up the American power heirarchy. Fred Couples proved 50 is the new 40, and Tom Watson proved 60 is the new 50.

It was an enthralling tournament, one in which Tiger told CBS after his round, he expected to win. But it was Lefty who heads to Butler Cabin when for much of the tournament it seemed like Westwood, and even Couples would add a green jacket to their collections. And that's the beauty of the Masters -- it leads us down many paths before showing us its true color.  

Tune into the Masters Recap show at 7 p.m. ET

Final scores
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Hole-by-hole stats

Posted on: April 11, 2010 6:39 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2010 6:47 pm
 

Standing O

By Eric Kay

After an up-and-down round, Tiger Woods tapped in at No. 18 for birdie to end his first professional golf action in five months at 11-under par.

That ties him with playing partner K.J. Choi, and was good enough for him to smirk upon his final stroke going in, which prompted a standing ovation from the Masters gallery. He finished the day with 69 strokes. He's at T-4, assuming Westwood doesn't have an 18th-hole meltdown.

After he turned in his scorecard Tiger didn't say when he'd return to golf. He said he was going to "take some time off." He also said he holds this tournament performance in the same light he would any other, telling CBS Sports' Peter Kostis that he entered it, therefore he expected to win.

National columnist Mike Freeman followed Tiger for all four rounds and will be filing a column on his thoughts this evening.

Watch the Masters Recap show following the conclusion of play.

Category: Golf
Posted on: April 11, 2010 6:22 pm
 

Lefty cruising

By Eric Kay

Heading into the 16th hole, Phil Mickelson has a three-shot lead. If he hangs on, he'd join select company as a three-time Masters winner. We're talking names like Faldo, Snead and Player.

It appears we'll need another Lefty meltdown to open things back up for Westwood, or Kim, who's in the clubhouse. But as I type this, Mickelson just stuck his tee shot on 16 on  the green.

Meanwhile, Fred Couples is walking to his final green, and getting a monster ovation from the crowd at 18. What a run by the 50-year-old Couples, who's still hitting well off the tee, and putting like it's 1991.

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Posted on: April 11, 2010 5:57 pm
 

See ya, Tiger

By Eric Kay

The thought of Tiger Woods winning the Masters just dissolved in the meltdown the broadcast called, "disaster at 14." The putter failed Tiger, just like it did Phil after some pretty good iron-work.

To quote golf writer Jason Sobel's Twitter feed , "Who says Tiger and Phil are so dissimilar? They've both made the recovery shots of their lives today... and missed the ensuing putts."

Tiger missed a 6-or-so foot putt long. He then went to casually knock in the overshot par putt, which he biffed. He then tapped in for bogey. This wasn't un-Tiger like, it was just so amateur golfer-like. OK, it was me-like. But it's just a silly way for a pro to go out. It's like a superhero choking on broccoli instead of getting beaten by a super-villain.

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Category: Golf
Posted on: April 11, 2010 5:43 pm
 

Anthony 'birdman' Kim

By Eric Kay

While Tom Watson (-1 for the tourney) finished up his impressive run at the Masters at the age of 60, young Anthony Kim, all 24 years old, is going on a birdie tear on the back nine. He birdied 13, 14, and 16. Oh, and he eagles 15. He sits one stroke behind Phil Mickelson with two holes to go.

Will he spoil what is shaping up to be Lefty's tournament to lose? (Leaderboard )

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Posted on: April 11, 2010 5:14 pm
 

See ya, Fred

By Eric Kay

Hole No. 12. Golden Bell , was not a friend of Fred Couples, who double-bogeyed it. That's likely the dagger for Couples, who's Masters run impressed the Lipitor demographic we all covet. He's now even for the day, and sitting five strokes off the lead at -7.

Meanwhile, K.J. Choi continues his unflappable-ness, en route to possibly being the second Asian-born player to win a major. (Leaderboard )

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Posted on: April 11, 2010 4:56 pm
 

Did you hear Choi is unflappable?

By Eric Kay

All week we heard things like, "K.J. Choi's calming influence," or "K.J. Choi's unflappable." (courtesy of the broadcast) Well now it's K.J. Choi, atop the leaderboard in what could be the greatest fable since The Turtoise and the Hare .

While Tiger's climbing, Westwood's struggling and Fred's floating, Choi is making a move with an impressive final round. It's tight atop the leaderboard as Choi and Mickelson share co-leader fame.

I'm taking predictions, if anybody's offering them. I'm starting to buy the K.J. Choi storyline. He's the James Brolin of golf, apparently, which just writing, calmed my coffee-infused nerves.

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Category: Golf
Posted on: April 11, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2010 4:39 pm
 

Thank you, Yellow Jasmine. Signed, everyone

By Eric Kay

What do Tiger Woods, K.J. Choi, Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim have in common? They all birdied the par-five No. 8 hole, Yellow Jasmine . It was Phil's first birdie of the day, and could be just what he needs heading into the back nine.

Of course, Lee Westwood and Fred Couples parred the hole, which allowed for some tightening of the top-of-the-leaderboard pack.

And then there's Robert Karlsson, who double-bogeyed the hole earlier in the final round. He probably doesn't think eight's so great.  (Leaderboard )

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