Donning The Green Jacket Isn't The Simplest Of Tasks

Brian WagnerCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 12:  Trevor Immelman of South Africa presents Angel Cabrera of Argentina with the green jacket during the green jacket presentation after Cabrera defeated Kenny Perry on the second sudden death playoff hole to win the 2009 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2009 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Angel Cabrera won his first Masters tournament on Sunday, and what a finish it was!

Beating out Chad Campbell and newly found choke-artist Kenny Perry, Cabrera earned his first green jacket by paring the second playoff hole.

It was a crazy Masters. Fun. Exciting. And the winner couldn’t be decided after 72 holes. And, does anyone else agree that Cabrera came out of almost nowhere to take this thing?

I’m sure you’re out there

As a West Texan native, I was “geographically” rooting for Campbell for the whole time! Too bad he choked like crazy on that second shot on No. 18, while in the first playoff hole. He had the game in is hands, and was putting it in his pocket.

With Cabrera lying two in the fairway and Perry near the sand by the green, all Campbell had to do was hit the green and he would be in beautiful position for a victory. Or at least, the opportunity to move on to another hole.

But he failed, hitting directly into sand; bringing back the smiles on the competitors. He actually took all of the win out of his pocket and was eliminated in the first playoff hole.

And Perry was a fan favorite as he was nearly turning 50! If he took it, he would be the oldest player to win a golf Major. Fans were on his side. And how couldn’t you be, after that unreal tee shot on No. 16?

When Perry was marching to the 16 green, you would have thought he was sitting on top of the world. A tap in at No. 16, and he would be leading by two strokes with just two to play.

Not bad.

But two consecutive bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18 caused quite a whirlwind of thoughts. The three gentlemen went off into the sudden-death playoff.

And somehow Cabrera survived a terrible opening tee shot in the middle of the trees, and escaped with the Green Jacket on his back.

Must be nice.

Campbell was the first to get booted and Perry and Cabrera moved to No. 10 for the second playoff hole. With a string of worse and worse tee and mid-iron shots from all three contenders, alas, Angel Cabrera sticks a perfect second shot right on the green of No. 10, while Perry was in big trouble.

When it was all said and done, all Cabrera needed was to two-put from 15 feet away or so.

He drilled it. The second one, that is.

On a day where Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods seemed to steal some of the spotlight, we had a marvelous finish for first place.

And Angel Cabrera is now synonymous with the famed Green Jacket. And Augusta. And Amen Corner. Congratulations.