Masters live blog, Round 4
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2 p.m.: Welcome back to Augusta, golf fans. The word of the week so far has been schadenfreude -- finding pleasure in other's despair. But take heart, because I believe there's a good chance someone is actually going to win this tournament today, rather than having everyone else in contention lose it.
It's a little warmer here today (low 60s), with much less wind, potentially softer greens and, as is tradition around here, some hole locations that players can shoot for. Should make for a fun day.
2:03 p.m.: One quick thought on Tiger Woods before we get to some of the action already taking place on the course: I've seen a lot of these golf tournaments. And I've found that almost every time everyone figured a certain player would win, he doesn't. (That excludes, of course, runaway victories like Tiger had at the '97 Masters and '00 U.S. Open.)
Right now, everyone is expecting Woods to win. It's an obvious scenario and honestly, if I had to pick a champion right now, I'd take him, too. But I've seen this before. After three rounds at the '05 U.S. Open, everyone was declaring Retief Goosen the winner. He lost. After three rounds at last year's U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson was the unanimous choice. He lost.
Now, I know what you're thinking. Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen aren't Tiger Woods. And you're right. But let's not give Tiger the green jacket just yet, either.
2:07 p.m.: So what makes me think there are numbers to be had out there today? Well, this, for one: Sandy Lyle shot a 1-under 71. That's right, Sandy Lyle. The guy who won here 19 years ago and currently owns no status on any major world golf tour. He's also the same guy who five-putted -- five-putted! the 16th green yesterday. If he shoots 71, there's a 67 to be had out there. Whomever shoots it may win this tournament.
2:09 p.m.: Entering today's round, there were a half-dozen heavy hitters tied at 6-over, four shots back of the lead, but very much in contention. Included in that mix -- and the man most folks thought could still make a run at this thing -- was defending champion Phil Mickelson, but he's already gotten himself into some major trouble. According to one of my spies out on the course:
- "Phil hit his drive into the bunker at the first hole, then hit the lip with his second shot, hit his fourth into a greenside bunker, blasted out and two-putted for 7. Moved him from 6-over to 9-over."
That should just about do it for his chances.
But the guy I really like at 6-over entering the day is Jim Furyk. He hasn't made a peep this week, just plodding his way around the course. Has their ever been a quieter second-ranked player in the world? He's already even-par for the day through three holes, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him make a nice run today.
2:15 p.m.: First tee shot of the day ... and Stuart Appleby blows one into the gallery. Yikes. Not a good start.
And he's wearing the same pro shop-bought sweater as yesterday. Nice to see I'm not the only one recycling clothes this week.
2:17 p.m.: Speaking of sweaters, Tiger Woods claimed yesterday that he didn't pack a red sweater in his suitcase -- and he was serious. Tiger comes out in black sweater, black pants (with, of course, a red golf shirt underneath), proving that he can't get everything he wants. You mean Nike couldn't couldn't get a red sweater on a Gulfstream to Augusta this morning?
2:20 p.m.: Words of wisdom from the ink-stained wretch sitting next to me:
- "Type faster. This thing's going to be over in 10 minutes."
He may be right. Appleby's got to get up and down to save par -- a daunting task -- while Justin Rose just made a double to start his day.
2:31 p.m.: Right now, four players are at 2-under for their rounds today: Fred Couples (through 17), Mark Calcavecchia (through nine), Rory Sabbatini (through four) and Retief Goosen (through three).
2:33 p.m.: Here we go, folks: Exactly 18 minutes after the final group teed off, we have a six-way tie for first place. After Tiger Woods' bogey and Stuart Appleby's double, the leaderboard looks like this:
• T-1. Appleby +4
• T-1. Johnson +4
• T-1. Sabbatini +4
• T-1. Goosen +4
• T-1. Taylor +4
• T-1. Woods +4
2:37 p.m.: We've had a Zach Attack at the third hole. The Joaquin Phoenix look-alike makes his second birdie in a row to take sole possession of first place. If he wins and they make a movie about it, I know just the guy to play the lead role ...
2:40 p.m.: First e-mail of the day comes from Matt in Chicago:
- Woods bogeys the first as well, so now he's in a six way tie with Rose, Goosen, Sabbatini, Taylor and Appleby. Harrington is right back in it as well. How amazing is Retief? Makes the cut right on the line and is right there just a stroke back of ... Vaughn Johnson?! Have you ever seen a more unbelievable start to a final round at Augusta?
When golf fans are strangely morphing the names of contenders Zach Johnson and Vaughn Taylor, you know something weird is going on at Augusta.
But I understand your point. Crazy start to the round. But we never remember the beginnings of final rounds, do we? We only remember the results, and there's a long way to go in this one.
2:42 p.m.: Great pairing for Johnson and Taylor today. They're friends, about the same age, played on the U.S. Ryder Cup team together and have the same agent, so they should be pretty comfortable.
I was asked yesterday if a guy would rather be paired with a friend in a pressure-packed round like this. We need only ask Phil Mickelson, who received Freddie Couples-given back slaps throughout the final round a year ago. So, yeah, playing with a friend certainly helps.
2:47 p.m.: I haven't said much about the TV coverage this week for one simple reason: I'm covering a golf tournament, not a golf telecast. But I couldn't let this go by without comment. Jim Nantz just made a "Dredge Report" reference. You're welcome, Jim. You're very welcome.
2:49 p.m.: Bogey-birdie start for Woods moves him back into a share of the lead. Wonder if he's nervous at all. Seriously. I know everyone out there is going to say, "Oh, Tiger has been-there, done-that. Nothing affects him. The guy's a machine ... yada, yada, yada." But really, he's got more pressure on him than anyone else. He's trying to win a fifth career green jacket and knows everyone expects him to win today. That's a lot for anyone to deal with -- even Tiger Woods.
2:53 p.m.: Haven't mentioned the Singh-Singh pairing yet today, with Vijay and Jeev Milkha playing together. (And just to make it funner, as Rich Beem might say, "Jeev" backwards is "Veej.") Though Jeev has blown up with a front-nine 41, Veej is right back in the mix. He's 2-under at the turn and just two back of the leaders. I'll bet he's still kicking himself for that 79 he shot yesterday.
3:02 p.m.: I've mentioned a few times this week that predicting a major championship through two rounds is like deciding the winner at halftime of an NBA game. Well, it's true. And right now, it's like there's about seven minutes left in that NBA game. Getting down to crunch time. And for the first time all week, Tiger Woods is your solo leader. Remember this moment. Could be a big one.
3:07 p.m.: Just a thought, but if you were in contention going into the final round of the Masters, wouldn't you wear something that would go nicely with a green jacket? Tiger's got his usually red shirt covered up by a black sweater; if he wins, the black will offset from his usual post-round green and red Christmas theme. Stuart Appleby's got a black sweater over a blue shirt. Vaughn Taylor is in all black, a la Gary Player. Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh each have white sweater vests over (I think) blue shirts. And not positive about Zach Johnson, but I think it's a darker color.
Not sure any of those go too well, though I guess you can't go wrong with standard black. What goes with a green jacket anyway?
3:12 p.m.: E-mailer Brian picks up on a major theme we've had throughout the week:
- Have any of the players come up to you asking you to praise the chances of other guys? You seriously have the jinx thing going. Last night it was Vaughn Taylor, today it's Jim Furyk. As soon as you praise a guy's chances, his score goes up by 2-3 shots. You could make some real money here.
Sure 'nuff, Furyk is now at 7-over after I said I liked his chances.
I wonder if now would be a good time to remind everyone that I picked Tiger Woods to win in my pre-tournament rankings.
3:14 p.m.: Luke Donald is getting married soon and he'll be given a nice wedding present by the Augusta National folks at the end of the day: Four crystal goblets with the Masters logo on them. That would be two each for his two eagles this week, including the one he just made on the par-5 eighth hole to move to within one stroke of the lead.
3:18 p.m.: E-mailer Rick chimes in as the clubhouse leader for the Groveling E-mailer of the Week award:
- How many e-mails are you getting each day? Actually I don't care. I just want to be in your blog.
If you don't care, I won't tell you. And no, you can't be in my blog, either.
3:20 p.m.: Mauricio e-mails with his answer to the question about what goes well with a green jacket:
- How about Masters yellow to go with that green jacket?
If that means some guy is walking around this place in Sergio Garcia's British Open Tweety Bird outfit, no thanks. I'll pass.
3:23 p.m.: I was just approached by a fellow writer who told me:
- "I think I said yesterday that Tiger was going to shoot 72-71 and win the tournament."
Uh-huh. He thinks. He also said he likes Retief Goosen's chances right now. Thanks, Captain Obvious.
3:25 p.m.: First three rounds: 8 eagles. Today: 7. The latest of which comes from Rory Sabbatini at the par-5 eighth hole -- a brilliant, winding putt that found the bottom of the cup and prompted a big reaction from the crowd and an even bigger one from Sabbatini.
If you don't know much about Sabbatini, he's about as non-traditional an Augusta National guy as anyone -- a loose cannon who speaks his mind (a little too much, some would say) and displays plenty of emotion. He's won three PGA Tour events, including last year's Nissan Open, but is more well known for a few incidents than anything else.
A couple of years ago, playing with turtle-slow Ben Crane in the final round of the Booz Allen Classic after three days of playing behind him, Sabbatini walked ahead and played on his own, drawing plenty of criticism. He was also paired with somewhat slow Nick Faldo at one point, prompting his wife, Amy, to wear a shirt in the gallery that read, "Keep Up." Countered Faldo at the time: "It is very embarrassing for them to bring their sexual problems to the golf course. Poor fellow, he has enough problems as it is without her announcing to the world."
Amy also wore a shirt that read "Stoopid Amerikan" at the World Cup in Spain in a few back, in response to Paul Casey somewhat anti-American comments.
3:36 p.m.: Seems like a good time to point out Rory Sabbatini's major record: 21 career starts, 9 made cuts, best finish of T-26 (at last year's British Open).
Yes, you read that right. The guy leading the Masters has never had a top-25 result at a major ... and now he's not leading the Masters anymore, either. Sabbatini bogeys No. 9 to fall one behind Retief Goosen.
3:44 p.m.: For all those folks who were ready to hand Tiger Woods his fifth green jacket just one hour ago: Now what? Seriously. Do you really think it's Tiger's to lose, at two off the lead with four players ahead of him? If I was handicapping the field as of this very instant, I don't think Tiger Woods is the favorite. I'd go with Goosen.
3:47 p.m.: Two thoughts about today's final round that absolutely neglects everything we've seen, read and heard about for the first three days:
First, everyone bemoaning the fact that Augusta National wouldn't see any great shots on a Masters Sunday, based on the high scores of the previous three days, are eating crow right now. So far, today's round feels very much like that of 2004, when guys were making birdies and eagles all over the place. Is it playing tougher? Sure, but guys can make shots, too.
Secondly, whatever happened to that "no-name" leaderboard? Among the guys in the top-10 right now are world top-20 players Retief Goosen, Stuart Appleby, David Toms, Tiger Woods, Paul Casey, Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh. Wow. That's a monster lineup. Fantastic leaderboard.
3:51 p.m.: For years, the cut rule at the Masters has been that the top-44 and ties reach the weekend, plus anyone within 10 shots of the lead. Now, the second part of that rule is often forgotten, as it usually just allows a few disappointing players and past champs to weasel their way into two more rounds at Augusta.
But if tournament officials ever needed a reason for why this part of the rule is included, they need only point to Retief Goosen as Exhibit A. At 8-over through the first two rounds, Goosen made the cut on the number and actually would have been on a Friday night flight home had either Brett Wetterich or Tim Clark made one more birdie (or one less bogey) over the first 36 holes. Instead, Goosen made a charge on Saturday with a 2-under 70 and remains in the lead following an unbelievable bogey-free front-nine 32 today. If he can shoot, say, 65 or 66, and win this tournament, it should go down in history as one of the best Masters final rounds ever.
3:58 p.m.: Just checked out the SportsNation poll on the front page of this Web site. The question is: "Will Tiger Woods win the Masters?"
An utterly ridiculous 134,316 of you have voted -- and I realize that some voted last night and some have just voted since the final round began. But here are the results:
• Yes: 79 percent.
• No: 21 percent.
Could over 100,000 people all be wrong?
4:05 p.m.: This e-mail question comes from my Mom, who's actually been reading this thing all week. She types in all caps and, well, just deal with it:
- HOW MANY DIFFERENT LEADERS HAVE THERE BEEN THIS WEEK, AND WHERE DOES THAT FIT AMONG OTHER MASTERS YEARS?
Thanks, Mom. Lemme go count up all the leaders of all 71 Masters tournaments ever. Should only take a minute or two.
OK, OK, I'll cut the sarcasm. Honestly, there have been a lot of different guys at the top this week; I'm guessing more than usual. But remember, if you're going to look at the entire leaderboard for the entire week, you have to count up every single guy, which this week started when Ian Poulter made par to beat Billy Mayfair's bogey on the first hole in the 8 a.m. pairing Thursday morning. So, basically, it's a lot of guys, though I'm not sure there's any kind of stat to count that up throughout the years. Tell Dad I said hi.
4:12 p.m.: Looking ahead, the first player who's going to post a score and become the clubhouse leader with an actual chance to win will be Paul Casey, who just made a long birdie putt on 16 to move to 5-over. If he can finish birdie-par over the last two holes, he's actually got a decent chance to grab a sandwich, take a nap, hit some balls on the range and come back out in a few hours for a playoff.
4:18 p.m.: The following e-mail comes from Skyler:
- Stick a fork in Tiger. He doesn't even have his "B" game for a Masters Sunday. How unfortunate. He might as well have stayed in bed, if he was so uninspired.
Man, fickle, fickle fans. When Woods got to within one of the lead last night and when he got sole possession earlier today, I got the sense that everyone thought it was over. Now he's 2 back and we're supposed to write him off?
Look, I'm the guy who said at the beginning of the day that this thing is wide open -- and I still believe it. Is Tiger struggling? Yes. Is he the favorite right now? No. But the minute you starts betting on Tiger Woods to lose, you're getting into very dangerous territory.
4:23 p.m.: Will from London checks in with this e-mail:
- Is it just me, or does everyone think Rory Sabbatinni is a real jerk? We saw him raise both arms in the air and take a bow at 8, then they showed his highlight from last year doing the same thing. No one else does that stuff. If he's going to compete at Augusta, the least he could do is act like he belongs.
He's definitely got an emotional personality and isn't afraid to show it. Does he fit the understated, demure nature of past Masters champions? Not at all. You can be sure that Champions locker room would be a lot livelier with him in the mix.
4:27 p.m.: Word of warning to Retief Goosen fans: No one is getting around this course without a bogey today. Goosen hasn't made one in 11 holes so far. It's coming. Don't know when, don't know where, don't know how. But we'll see a bad swing or a bad putt at some point.
4:30 p.m.: As the final pairing of Tiger Woods and Stuart Appleby tee off the 10th hole, e-mailer Mauricio has a reminder for us:
- The Masters starts at the back-nine on Sunday, in case anyone has forgotten.
So true. We've heard it so many times before and it's certainly the case this time around, too.
4:34 p.m.: So much for Paul Casey posting a number. He just made bogey on 17 and is now at 6-over. Even if he birdies 18, I don't see all those players ahead of him coming back to the pack that much. Next guy in line to post a number and get into the clubhouse will be -- incredibly enough, because we haven't heard his name at all -- Jerry Kelly. He's 5-over with four to play right now.
4:36 p.m.: So is it a jinx if I said Goosen would make a bogey and he did? Or would it be the other way around? Would I have to say he'd make a birdie and then he'd be jinxed and make bogey?
I don't know. I'm confused. But he just made bogey on 12. Predictable.
4:42 p.m.: Very, very important par putt on 10 for Tiger ... and he misses it right. That's a biggie. Can't write him off yet -- especially with inexperienced Rory Sabbatini in the lead -- but that one's gotta sting.
4:43 p.m.: I talked about Jerry Kelly being the next guy who could post a number then sit back and watch. Well, he's at 5-over, with an eagle putt coming up on 15. Like I said about Casey earlier, if Kelly can get it to 4-over, he's got a good chance; if he gets it to 3-over, he's got a great chance.
4:45 p.m.: I know I said I wouldn't discuss the TV coverage, but I really liked this quote from one of the announcers (maybe Kostis?):
- "This golf course has never been about making the ball go somewhere. It's about making it stop somewhere."
The player who can best do this over the final stretch of holes will be your winner.
4:48 p.m.: As has been the case throughout the week, make me laugh out loud and your e-mail gets into the blog. Good work, Bob:
- I don't know if this is an omen, but when Tiger missed that putt on 10, my dog threw up.
4:52 p.m.: What a ridiculous shot by Tiger. Stuck behind a tree prior to his second shot on 11, Woods took a mighty whack and actually cracked the shaft in half against the tree.
The good news: He probably knows a Nike rep or two who can hook him up.
The better news: He somewhere avoided breaking his wrist on the shot.
4:54 p.m.: Quick leaderboard check: Stuart Appleby, Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini and Zach Johnson all tied for first at 3-over; Jerry Kelly and Justin Rose are each one back; Tiger Woods is two back.
I had to type that really, really fast. The way things are changing around here, by the time I got to the end of the sentence, someone else would move up or down.
4:58 p.m.: Just throwing this out there: The final pairing is going to finish at 6:45 p.m. If there is a playoff, it would start by, oh, 7 p.m. If there are four or five guys all tied atop the leaderboard ... and sunset comes around 7:45 or so ... well, I'm just hoping "Masters live blog Day 5" doesn't happen. But it is a possibility.
5:03 p.m.: Appleby rinses one into Rae's Creek on 12. Ouch. Here comes Tiger ...
5:04 p.m.: Unlike yesterday, Tiger is safely on. Big sigh of relief.
5:05 p.m.: Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Zach Johnson, who isn't a big bomber off the tee by any means, decides to hit an iron on the par-5 13th and is rewarded by making birdie. Someone's got this place figured out a little. And somewhere Tom Fazio and Hootie Johnson are smiling.
Johnson is now your solo leader at 2-over. Zach Johnson, Masters champion? Really?
5:13 p.m.: Justin Rose will not go away. He was at 7-over and dead in the water just six holes ago; now he's 4-over with five to play. Very much still in it.
5:16 p.m.: Great shot by Zach Johnson into the 14th green. Back right hole location, but he knocked to within 10 feet. I'm not sure how many guys out here are leaderboard-watching, but if he makes this putt, they should be very worried ... and there it goes! Birdie for Johnson. He's up two. Go crazy, Iowa. Go crazy.
5:19 p.m.: Spy report concerning Tiger's shot from up against a tree on 11, in which he broke his iron against a tree:
- "Before Tiger's swing, he warned the gallery to watch out because he knew the club was going to break."
5:22 p.m.: Greatest. Shot. Ever.
OK, so I exaggerate. It won't be replayed as much as the chip in at 16 from a few years ago, but Tiger Woods' second shot into the par-5 13th was utterly remarkable. He landed it well left of the pin, yelled "Bite! God, bite!" and well, it bit, rolling all the way down to the slope to within a few feet of the hole. If he knocks in the eagle here, he'll move to 3-over.
Meanwhile, Zach Johnson will hear the noise. And wonder what else he needs to do to win this thing.
5:27 p.m.: Another genius move by Zach Johnson? He just layed up at the par-5 15th. We will see ...
5:28 p.m.: Congratulations, Tiger. You've just won a nice pair of crystal goblets. They're really very beautiful. Elin will find a place for them, I'm sure.
Oh, and you're now in second place with that eagle, too. Two behind Zach Johnson. But whatever happens, you've got the goblets. So that's nice.
5:30 p.m.: I wrote this column after the first round, in which I detailed the four rookies from last year's U.S. Ryder Cup team all being in contention after Thursday. They must have gained some confidence and experience from that event.
But I also relayed the story about Tiger Woods taking each of the four out to dinner prior to the Ryder Cup in an effort to get to know them and make them feel like part of the team.
It was a veteran move by a veteran player, but I just wonder if Tiger lost some intimidation over these guys in the process. Now, perhaps, they see him as just another dude, same age as them, really, who likes a nice steak and happens to play golf.
Well, one of those four rookies was Zach Johnson. I wonder if he was intimidated by Woods before that Ryder Cup experience. And I wonder if he's intimidated by him now.
5:35 p.m.: Jerry Kelly is your clubhouse leader at 4-over. Zach Johnson would have to lose three strokes over the final three holes to fall that far. but that couldn't happ-- ... oops, just two days ago, Johnson played the final three holes in bogey-bogey-bogey. Very interesting.
5:38 p.m.: Well, Johnson's isn't making bogey on 16 unless he suddenly gets the yips. (Let's see if that jinxes him; I hope not.) Zach has about 12 feet for birdie. If he makes it -- very real possibility -- it doesn't matter how well Tige rwoods is playing ... he could be running out of holes.
5:43 p.m.: And there it is! Zach Johnson makes birdie and folks, this one could be over. Could be. If he can par out, Tiger will need to make three birdies in the final four holes. That's a tough, tough proposition.
Then again, I'm not so sure Johnson can play these next two in even par. This is a guy who won the BellSouth Classic in 2004 ... and nothing else since joining the PGA Tour. He has never felt this kind of pressure before.
5:46 p.m.: Jerry Kelly can pack up the clubs and hop a flight to Wisconsin. His presence is no longer necessary at Augusta National, as Rory Sabbatini birdies the last to take over the clubhouse lead at 3-over. Everything's coming fast and furious now.
5:47 p.m.: Spy report from the course:
- "Some of Zach's financial backers are going crazy around him. They say they were with him in Atlanta when he won his other tournament. They know him from Florida [where he lives now]."
I can only imagine. People are probably dancing in the streets of Iowa City right now, too.
5:53 p.m.: Tiger Woods is in the water hazard on 15. That's trouble, obviously. Big trouble. He can still scramble to make par, but a bogey could put this thing out of reach for him.
Woods was just starting to get it going. He must be as shocked as are about that one.
5:55 p.m.: So what is Zach Johnson doing so well today? Let's look at his stats so far:
• 8 of 12 fairways.
• 12 of 16 greens in regulation.
• 24 total putts.
That last one is the biggest. Johnson took 32 putts yesterday, so he's improved mightily.
5:58 p.m.: Jinx? What jinx? Oh, that one ... Johnson three-putts on 17 to drop a stroke. He's at 1-over. He looks pretty composed, but I can guarantee you that Johnson is shaking like a leaf right now.
6:04 p.m.: Someone was going to make a late run at this thing and I think we assumed it would be Tiger. But how about ... Justin Rose!? The young Brit makes birdie on 16 and he's within one stroke of the lead!
6:06 p.m.: Tiger knocks one stiff at 16. Good birdie chance. But no miraculous chip-in this time around.
6:09 p.m.: Zach chips to within inches on 18. Easy tap-in par. And we have a clubhouse leader at 1-over. Is it over? Quite possible. Zach Johnson just may be your Masters champion.
Justin Rose will need a birdie on one of his last two holes; Tiger will need two in three holes. Can it be done? Yes. Will it? Highly doubtful.
6:12 p.m.: Tiger Woods misses his birdie on 16. Gotta finish birdie-birdie.
6:23 p.m.: This one is just about in the books, folks! Justin Rose doubles No. 17. Now it's up to Tiger to finish birdie-birdie to force a playoff. Can it happen?
6:25 p.m.: As reader Larry from London reminds us:
- A birdie-birdie finish by the eventual winner has only happened twice before -- Arnold Palmer in 1960 and Mark O'Meara in 1998. Not likely ...
6:31 p.m.: Yes. I know. Technically? It's not over. Tiger Woods could make the greatest shot in golf history by making eagle at the 72nd hole of the Masters. But, really? It's over.
The only thing left to decide is what size jacket Zach Johnson needs.
6:37 p.m.: Not one single player on the leaderboard will rest easy tonight. Every single guy knows there were one or two shots somewhere this week that they'll be saying woulda, coulda, shoulda about for a long time.
6:39 p.m.: Tiger for the eagle ... it doesn't go in! And your winner is Zach Johnson! Raise your hand if you picked the 31-year-old from Iowa before the week started. (Put your hand down. You're lying.)
Some will say this Masters lacked spark, lacked a great champion. But Johnson was the best player over 72 holes this week. He deserves this victory.
6:42 p.m.: Somewhere, Roberto DiVicenzo is screaming at a television: "Count up the score! Double check! Triple check!"
6:45 p.m.: OK, golf fans. That'll do it from Augusta. Been an awesome week. Four days of the first-ever Masters live blog. Exactly 27,907 words. We saw a tougher Augusta National course than usual, a stacked leaderboard and a player who stood up to Tiger Woods, as Zach Johnson earns his first career major chmpaionship victory. Thanks for all the e-mails throughout the week and keep an eye on ESPN.com's golf coverage tonight for more on the Masters final round!
Jason Sobel is ESPN.com's golf editor. He can be reached at Jason.Sobel@espn3.com.
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