2009 US Masters
The 2009 US Masters as always took place at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia and was held between the 9th – 12th April with a field of 96 players. The South African Trevor Immelman went into the event as defending Champion after winning at Augusta in 2008 but he was unable to repeat his success in 2009.
The 1st Round saw Americas Chad Campbell shoot a brilliant 65 to take the lead by one shot ahead of Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk at the end of the days play, Campbell followed this up with a 70 on Day 2 to remain in the lead at the halfway stage. He was joined at the top of the leader board by Kenny Perry who shot 67 on Day 2 to join Campbell and move into contention. They were one clear of the Argentine Angel Cabrera who had claimed two successive 68’s to leave him -8 after two rounds.
Saturday saw Cabrera shoot another round in the 60’s as he moved level with Kenny Perry at the top of the leader board with Chad Campbell dropping off the pace with a 72 to leave Cabrera and Perry two clear. It was starting to look like a three way shoot-out for the 2009 Masters and we were provided with a brilliant final round with all three staying strong.
Two 71’s from Cabrera and Perry meant they could not be separated at the end of 18 holes in the final round and they were joined in a play-off by Chad Campbell who shot a brilliant 69 under pressure to give himself a chance. Kenny Perry seemed to have it in his grasp but he contrived to bogie both 17 and 18 under intense pressure to fall back into the play-off. The Play-Off was a tense affair that first saw Campbell get eliminated and then Perry to give Angel Cabrera the famous Green Jacket in a thrilling finish. Cabrera was solid all week and he became the first Argentine ever to win the US Masters in what is likely to be the highlight of his career.