Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Masters (Sunday)



I'm for Sneds, Cabrera, Leishman, Kooch, Tiger, Fowler, Furyk (also 2-under), Freddy (even), Bubba (2-over) or Larry Mize. Mostly Sneds, Tiger or Furyk. Tiger, most of all. Go, Tiger!

Previous dispatches:

185 comments:

  1. Meanwhile, in the HeathPostdotcom Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Golf league, to no one's surprise, Matthew's Siler City Samurai and my Ginger Reeves are again dominating. I got all nervous right before deadline yesterday morning and benched Tiger, assuming that he was going to be disqualified or that he would withdraw. The Samurai did play Tiger, while I rolled with Sergio Garcia in the third round. This wasn't my only managerial mistake yesterday, but it did produce a six-point advantage for the Samurai--and, heading into today's final round, the Samurai's tournament lead is six points.

    Today, the Samurai field Bo Van Pelt and Lee Westwood in a bid to hold on and break my serve in the all-important Spring Segment. The Ginger Reeves, meanwhile, counter with (Marion's beloved) Steve Stricker and (Marion's loathed) Adam Scott.

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  2. Ryan Moore of Tacoma, Wash., who won both the 2004 U.S. Amateur and the 2004 NCAA individual championship, is 3-under today through eight holes. He's 5-over for the tournament.

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  3. Robert Lusetich ‏@RobertLusetich
    Yes, I agree Tiger can shoot 66 today because 13 & 15 are eagle pins. Back 9 is set up for someone to go low #roars #masters
    10:12 AM - 14 Apr 13

    Michael P. ‏@MichaelPawluk
    @RobertLusetich @YahooForde #roars #masters Go cheater go! #NoIntegrity #MediaLicksHisGolfShoes
    10:38 AM - 14 Apr 13

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  4. Guan Tianlang is done for the weekend. He shot 73+75+77+75=300 (12 over par), and he wins the silver cup as Low Amateur. So we'll be seeing him at Butler Cabin later today.

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  5. Tiger Woods, who probably needs to shoot a 67 or better to win today, tees off on the first hole. He misses the fairway, which is not a good start.

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    1. After his round, Tiger said that his actual target for the day was 65. He didn't make it.

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  6. Rickie Fowler, wearing the silly orange outfit he always wears when he blows up on Sunday, bogeys the first hole to fall back to 1 under par.

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  7. Rory Mcilroy, who had a pretty dreadful week, finishes the tournament at 2 over par.

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    1. I was too harsh here. As I explained in the wrap-up, McIlroy had one dreadful day: he shot a 79 on Saturday. He played pretty well the other three days.

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  8. Bernhard Langer, showing Freddie Couples how it's done, birdies the first two holes. He is now 4 under for the tournament, only three shots off the lead.

    Tiger pars the first hole.

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  9. Fifty-five-year-old Bernhard Langer is having the round that Tiger wanted -- Langer has birdied the first three holes. He is now five-under for the tournament, only two shots off the lead.

    Jason Day birdies the first hole to move to six under.

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  10. Tiger hits a poor tee shot on 2, and is forced to settle for a par 5. He's not shooting a 67 or better today.

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  11. Leaderboard at 2:38 P.M.

    T1. B. Snedeker: -7 (54 holes)
    T1. A. Cabrera (ARG): -7 (54)
    T3. J. Day (AUS): -6 (55)
    T3. A. Scott (AUS): -6 (54)
    T5. B. Langer (GER): -5 (57)
    T5. M. Leishman (AUS): -5 (54)

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  12. Cabrera and Snedeker tee off on 1, and the competitors are now all on the course.

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  13. Adam Scott and his silly long putter bogey the first hole.

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  14. Jason Day chips in for an EAGLE on the second hole. He is 8-under par, and he leads the Masters by himself.

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  15. But Snedeker responds with a birdie of his own on the first hole. He is now tied with Day at 8-under par.

    Cabrera saves par with a seven-footer on the first hole, and he remains one shot behind Snedeker and Day.

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  16. Two years ago, Day and Adam Scott were in contention on the last day, and Jim Nantz went on and on about how no one from Australia has ever won the Masters. Day and Scott are in contention today, and Nantz is still going on and on about Australians at the Masters. I have no idea why anyone at CBS thinks we care about this.

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  17. Tiger misses a 10-footer for birdie on 3, and his chance of winning the Masters is basically gone.

    Snedeker crushes a long drive down the second fairway.

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  18. Lee Westwood, Tim Clark, Tiger Woods, and Matt Kuchar are all tied at 3-under par. I'm saying that all those folks are done for the 2013 Masters. I am also ruling out Marc Leishman (-5) and Bernhard Langer (-5). So I think your winner will be Day (-8), Snedeker (-8), Cabrera (-7), or Scott (-5).

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  19. Leaderboard at 3 PM:

    T1. J. Day (AUS): -8 (56 holes)
    T1. B. Snedeker: -8 (55)
    3. A. Cabrera (ARG): -7 (55)
    T4. B. Langer (GER): -5 (60)
    T4. A. Scott (AUS): -5 (55)
    T4. M. Leishman (AUS): -5 (55)

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  20. Jason Day pars the 3d hole to remain at 8 under par.

    Cabrera ALMOST makes an eagle on two, but taps in for a birdie to join Day and Snedeker at 8 under.

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  21. Snedeker's second shot on 2 went into a greenside bunker. He cannot get up and down for a birdie, and settles for a par to remain in a 3-way tie for the lead.

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  22. Day's tee-shot on the par-3 fourth lands on the green, but about 45 feet from the hole.

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  23. Langer bogeys the 6th hole to fall back to 4 under par.

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  24. Adam Scott and his silly long putter birdie the third hole to move to 6 under par.

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  25. Day pars the 4th hole to remain at 8 under.

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  26. Snedeker and Cabrera each par the 3d hole, and they remain at 8 under.

    Tiger three-putts the 5th hole to fall back to two under.

    Lee Westwood birdies the 7th to get to 4 under.

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  27. Snedeker hits a terrible tee shot on the par-3 4th. He's in a greenside bunker, a long way from the hole.

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  28. Leaderboard at 3;27 P.M.:

    T1. J. Day (AUS): -8 (58 holes)
    T1. B. Snedeker: -8 (57)
    T1. A. Cabrera (ARG): -8 (57)
    4. A. Scott (AUS): -6 (58)
    T5. L. Westwood (ENG): -4 (61)
    T5. M. Leishman (AUS): -4 (58)

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  29. Day pars the 5th hole to remain at 8 under.

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  30. Snedeker cannot get up and down on 4, and he bogeys to fall back to 7 under par.

    Cabrera bangs in another par, and he remains tied with Day at 8 under.

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  31. For the second hole in a row, Snedeker has driven into a bunker off the tee. His drive on 5 goes into a bunker, and he is forced to lay up short of the green with his second shot.

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  32. Jason Day bogeys the 5th hole, and he falls back to 7 under. Cabrera now has the lead all to himself at 8 under.

    Snedeker's third shot on 5 goes well past the hole, and he will be looking at his second bogey in a row.

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  33. The rain, by the way, is making it very difficult to read the greens at Augusta, which is one of the reasons we're seeing so many bogeys.

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  34. Snedeker does bogey the fifth hole to fall back to 6-under. He's looking more and more like a Vandy alum all the time.

    Cabrera, who comes from a much more successful sporting tradition in Argentina, bangs in another par and remains in the lead at 8 under. He is making Day and Snedeker appear very callow right now.

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  35. Snedeker hits another weak tee shot on the par-3 6th, but makes an excellent long putt to put himself in a position to save par -- which he does.

    Cabrera, looking more and more like the eventual winner, makes another easy par on 6 to remain in sole possession of the lead.

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  36. Leaderboard at 4 P.M.:

    1. A. Cabrera (ARG): -8 (60 holes)
    2. J. Day (AUS): -7 (61)
    T3. A. Scott (AUS): -6 (60)
    T3. B. Snedeker: -6 (60)

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  37. Tom Watson ‏@TomWatsonPGA
    Last round nerves call for deeper breathing. That's why it's called choking. Our breathing becomes shallower
    3:01 PM - 14 Apr 13

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  38. Turns out that Tom Watson is a frequent (and interesting) Tweeter.

    Tom Watson ‏@TomWatsonPGA
    Winning score prediction: 11 under
    3:06 PM - 14 Apr 13

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  39. Dave Kindred ‏@DaveKindred 1m
    Cabrera to win ... when you put it to 2 feet at 7, you're on ...
    3:09 PM - 14 Apr 13

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  40. Snedeker pars the 7th hole to remain at 6 under.

    But Cabrera sticks his approach shot to within a foot, and taps in to move to 9-under par. He has a two-shot lead.

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  41. Langer bogeyed 6, 7, and 10, so he has given back the three strokes he picked up on the first three holes. He's back to two under for the tournament.

    Langer is tied with another former champion, Tiger Woods, who is out in 37 with a birdie on 9.

    At this point, Day, Scott, and Snedeker are the only players left with a chance to catch Cabrera.

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  42. Day takes par on the par-5 8th to remain at 7 under. If Cabrera can birdie that hole, he will have a three-shot lead.

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  43. Tom Watson ‏@TomWatsonPGA 5m
    Angel is the most solid ...so far..now his drive in the bunker at 8 is a problem
    3:21 PM - 14 Apr 13

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  44. Suddenly Day is in trouble on 9. He hit a bad drive that ended up behind a tree. Laid up short of the green. Tried a flop shot that landed on the green and rolled all the way back down to his feet. Pitched onto the green again. He will be putting for bogey.

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  45. Tiger birdies the 10th hole to move to 3 under par.

    Cabrera could have just about put this tournament away with a birdie on 8, but he drove into a bunker, and he is now playing for par.

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  46. Leaderboard at 4:32 P.M.:

    1. A. Cabrera (ARG): -9 (61 holes)
    2. J. Day (AUS): -7 (62)
    T3. A. Scott (AUS): -6 (62)
    T3. B. Snedeker: -6 (61)

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  47. Replies
    1. That was a fantastic article, and it contains the best explanation of the complicated events in the last round of the 1958 Masters that I have ever read.

      From time to time, someone will come out with a book on this or that great golf tournament. The 1958 Masters would be an excellent choice for such a book.

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  48. Snedeker is coming back. He birdies the 8th hole, to move to 7 under par.

    Cabrera takes a par, and has a two-shot lead over Snedeker.

    Day did bogey the 9th hole. He is out in 35, and is 6 under par for the tournament, three shots behind Cabrera.

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  49. Day pars the 10th hole to remain at 6 under.

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  50. Snedeker pars the 9th hole. He goes out in 36, and is 7 under for the tournament.

    Cabrera also pars the 9th hold. He goes out in 34 -- two birdies and seven pars -- and he leads the tournament at 9 under par.

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  51. Snedeker and Cabrera both start the 10th hole by driving way off into the woods. They have landed on the only red clay dirt I've ever actually seen at Augusta.

    Meanwhile, Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark has birdied 13, 14, and 15 to move to five-under par for the tournament.

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    1. The Guardian notes that Olesen shot 78 on Thursday, which was the first round he'd ever played at Augusta National. Since then, he is 11 under par.

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    2. Chuck Culpepper ‏@ChuckCulpepper1
      #Denmark's peerless happiness supposedly owes in part to a healthy pessimism. Wonder if that helped #ThorbjornOlesen after his opening 78.
      4:00 PM - 14 Apr 13

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  52. Day pars the difficult 11th hole to remain at 6 under.

    Meanwhile, Cabrera and Snedeker both miss the 10th green with their second shots, and they are looking at likely bogeys.

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  53. Freddy Couples shoots 71 to finish 1 under par for the tournament.

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  54. Todd Griffin @toddgriffin100
    Emma Talley is mastering the course in Tempe, Ariz. The Alabama freshman has opened up a 4-shot lead thru 14 holes in the PING/ASU Invite.
    4:00 PM - 14 Apr 13

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  55. Cabrera takes his first bogey of the day on 10, and falls back to 8 under par.

    Day, having been given new life, makes a solid tee shot on the dangerous par-3 12th. (And it is dangerous. Both Kevin Na and Bubba Watson took 10's on that hole today.)

    Snedeker was also given new life, but he misses a short par putt on 10 and falls back to 6 under par.

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  56. Leaderboard at 5:04 P.M.:

    1. A. Cabrera (ARG): -8 (64 holes)
    T2. J. Day (AUS): -6 (65)
    T2. A. Scott (AUS): -6 (65)
    T2. B. Snedeker: -6 (64)

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  57. And now Marc Leishman has birdied the extremely-difficult 11th hole to move into a four-way tie for second at 6 under.

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  58. The "Amen Corner" feed dudes at CBSSports.com say that Australia's up early on their Monday morning watching Adam Scott and his putter ... but, in fact, they can't see him miss a birdie putt at No. 10 as Scott's caddy blocks the camera.

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  59. Jason Day hits Tiger's drive at No. 13, and then Adam Scott hits Tiger's drive at No. 12.

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  60. Tiger birdies the 13th hole. He is now 4 under par.

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  61. Short putts, short putts, short putts ... Tom Watson saw this coming.

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  62. Snedeker putts for birdie on 11, and leaves the putt at least 10 feet short.

    Cabrera putts for birdie on 11, and his putt somes up 5 feet short.

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    1. And Tiger's eagle putt on 13 was way short, and Leishman's birdie putt on 12 was short.

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  63. Snedeker cannot save par on 11. He falls to 5 under par, and the Nashville challenge is fading quickly.

    Cabrera bangs in his par putt, and continues to show his ability to beat golfers from Kentucky and Tennessee.

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  64. On the dangerous 12th hole, Cabrera pitches safely onto the middle of the green.

    Snedeker steps up, and at this point anything could happen. I was expecting disaster, but he actually puts the ball within about 12 feet of the hole.

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  65. Scott and Leishman, who are both tied at 6 under, hit solid drives on 13.

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  66. Thorbjorn Olesen, who has one of the best names in golf, bogeys the last hole to finish with a 68. He is four under for the tournament, and is the leader in the clubhouse.

    Cabrera makes par on 12 to remain at 8 under.

    Snedeker misses a birdie putt on 12 that he desperately needed. He remains at 5 under.

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  67. Jason Day birdies the 13th hole to move to 7-under par, only one shot off the lead.

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  68. Leaderboard at 5:32 P.M.:

    1. A. Cabrera (ARG): -8 (66 holes)
    2. J. Day (AUS): -7 (67)
    T3. A. Scott (AUS): -6 (66)
    T3. M. Leishman (AUS): -6 (66)
    5. B. Snedeker: -5 (66)

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  69. Day hits a perfect drive down the middle of the 14th fairway.

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  70. Scott and Leishman have relatively short birdie putts on 13.

    Leishman goes first, and misses an 8-footer. He stays at 6 under.

    Scott goes next, and makes a 5-footer. He moves to 7 under, into a tie for second with Day.

    Day, meanwhile, hits an excellent approach shot on 14, and he will have good chance for birdie.

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  71. From the middle of the fairway, in a perfect position to go for an eagle, Snedeker hits his second shot on 13.

    The ball flies away, and Snedeker immediately gets a look of horror on his face, and reacts as though he wants to break his club.

    Sure enough, the ball bounces into the creek in front of the green.

    Then Cabrera, from the pine straw, tries to reach the green. He hits his shot, and then flips up his club in dismay. His shot also goes into the creek.

    The 13th is traditionally one of the easiest on the course, but it has ended Snedeker's chances, and has created a major problem for Cabrera.

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  72. Day rolls in his birdie putt on 14. He moves to 8-under, into a tie for the lead with Cabrera.

    On 13, Cabrera and Snedeker each hit their 4th shot from a drop area. They will each have about 20 feet to save par.

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  73. Scott and Leishman hit excellent approach shots on 14, and they will have decent putts for birdie.

    Day, obviously very pumped up after two birdies in a row, hits a poor drive on 15 -- but the ball hits a tree and bounds into the middle of the fairway!

    Cabrera cannot save par on 13, and he falls back to 7 under. But Snedeker does save par and he remains at 5 under.

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    1. Josh Teater ‏@jteater12
      And with that break may get the jacket! RT @benjie711: Things setting up nicely for Jason Day right now. #masters ⛳
      4:44 PM - 14 Apr 13

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  74. Woods birdies the 15th hole to move into a tie with Snedeker for Low American at 5 under par.

    Sergio Garcia bogeys the last hole to finish at 3 under par for the tournament. So Thorbjorn Olesen, at 4 under, will be Low European.

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  75. Leishman misses his birdie putt on 14, and he stays at 6 under.

    Next up, it's Adam Scott and his silly putter for a share of the lead. He also misses, and remains at 7 under.

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  76. On 16, Tiger simply wills his tee shot to within 12 feet of the hole. His charge will come up short. But if not for his disaster at 15 on Friday, he would probably be in the lead.

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  77. In the rain, Tiger's drive on the par-3 16 rolls about 10 feet from the pin.

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  78. Jason Day hits his second shot at 15 through the driving rain -- and lands it safely on the green. He should get another birdie there.

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  79. Snedeker's approach shot on 14 comes up well short -- there is a big mound on the green between him and the hole.

    Cabrera is on the other side of the mound, and he will have a decent chance for birdie.

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  80. Scott and Leishman, running out of chances to catch their fellow Australian, bang their drives down the 15th hole.

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  81. Tiger's birdie putt on 16 just slips past the hole, and he remains tied with Snedeker at 5 under.

    But Snedeker is in big trouble. His birdie putt on 14 comes up at least 10 feet short of the hole.

    Meanwhile, Cabrera misses his birdie putt on 14, so he stays at 7 under.

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  82. Snedeker bogeys 14 to fall to 3 over for the day and 4 under for the tournament.

    As usual, Tiger is left as Low American. He celebrates by whacking a big drive down the 17th fairway.

    Meanwhile, Jason Day taps in for a birdie on 15 and he moves to 9 under par -- two clear of Scott and Cabrera.

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  83. Leaderboard at 6 P.M.:

    1. J. Day (AUS): -9 (69 holes)
    T2. A. Scott (AUS): -7 (69)
    T2. A. Cabrera (ARG): -7 (69)
    4. M. Leishman (AUS): -6 (69)
    5. T. Woods: -5 (70)

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    1. Actually, Scott, Cabrera, and Leishman were all in the process of playing the 15th hole -- they weren't yet done with it. So this should read:

      1. J. Day (AUS): -9 (69 holes)
      T2. A. Scott (AUS): -7 (68)
      T2. A. Cabrera (ARG): -7 (68)
      4. M. Leishman (AUS): -6 (68)
      5. T. Woods: -5 (70)

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  84. Scott's approach shot on 15 goes safely onto the putting surface. But Marc Leishman goes into the pond in front of the green.

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  85. Day, who could have put the tournament away with a birdie on 16, hits his drive a bit too hard, and it goes through the green and down a little hill. He'll have a tricky chip shot to save par.

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  86. Did you know that the entire Australian nation is obsessed with winning the Masters? Well, if you didn't, then you haven't been listening to Jim Nantz.

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    1. All the CBS guys are very keen to know what time it is in Australia. "Amen Corner" feed guys kept talking about that.

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  87. For the record, the guy live-blogging the Masters for the Sydney Morning Herald keeps referring to Brandt Snedeker as "The Sned."

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  88. Adam Scott and his silly long putter cannot make the eagle putt on 15, but he should get a birdie.

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  89. Day is ready for his chip on 16. He pitches the ball up onto the green, and it rolls to within 4-5 feet. That will be an important putt.

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  90. Back to Scott and his silly long putter. They make the birdie on 15, and Scott moves to 8 under par.

    Leishman could not save par out of the water on 15. He falls back to 5 under, and his chance is likely gone.

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  91. Leishman bogies 15, and what time is it in Adelaide?

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  92. Day for par. He misses on the same side the Tiger did. He bogeys the 16th hole, and falls into a tie with Scott at 8 under par.

    Verne Lundquist notes that Day and Scott were both in the running for the 2011 Masters, but were both beaten by Charl Schwartzel.

    Meanwhile, Cabrera's second shot on 15 goes into a greenside bunker. He needs to get up and down for birdie.

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  93. Leaderboard at 6:12 P.M.:

    T1. J. Day (AUS): -8 (70 holes)
    T1. A. Scott (AUS): -8 (69)
    3. A. Cabrera (ARG): -7 (68)
    T4. T. Woods: -5 (71)
    T4. M. Leishman (AUS): -5 (69)

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  94. Cabrera makes a weak bunker shot on 15, and he will probably not make birdie.

    Day whacks a good drive down the middle on 17.

    The Sydney Morning Herald said that Day's par putt on 16 was about "a meter" long. Oh, good night.

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  95. Nick Faldo says that it looks as though "the two Aussie boys" will be battling it out for the title. He sounds thrilled.

    Cabrera misses his birdie putt, and he remains at 7-under par.

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    1. Faldo didn't really sound thrilled. I was being sarcastic.

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  96. Scott's birdie putt on 16 rolls past the hole, and he taps in for a par. He remains at 8 under.

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  97. Jason Day has apparently not played much Mario Golf, or he would have known you have to use an extra club when it's raining. His shot from the 17th fairway comes up short of the green, and lands in a bunker.

    Meanwhile, Cabrera is on the 16th green with a middling chance at birdie.

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  98. For the record, the guy at the Sydney Morning Herald hasn't updated his live-blog in 10 minutes, so I'm not really feeling the Aussie passion.

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    1. The Australian PTI will be fun this week.

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    2. The Australian PTI will be fun this week.

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  99. Day has a very difficult bunker shot on 17, and his ball ends up about 15 feet (or "5 meters") from the hole.

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  100. Snedeker birdied 15 to move to 5 under, tied with Tiger for Low American.

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  101. But hold the phone, Oz, because Angel Cabrera has just holed a 20-footer for birdie on 16. He's now tied with Day and Scott for the lead at 8 under.

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  102. Day misses his par putt on 17, and he falls back to 7 under.

    Meanwhile, Tiger goes out in 37, comes home in 33, and finishes with a 70. He is five-under for the tournament, tied with Snedeker for Low American.

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  103. Leaderboard at 6:28 P.M:

    T1. A. Scott (AUS): -8 (70 holes)
    T1. A. Cabrera (ARG): -8 (70)
    3. J. Day (AUS): -7 (70)

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    1. This should read:

      T1. A. Scott (AUS): -8 (70 holes)
      T1. A. Cabrera (ARG): -8 (70)
      3. J. Day (AUS): -7 (71)

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  104. For the record, here is how Day has played the last five holes:

    13: Birdie
    14: Birdie
    15: Birdie
    16: Bogey
    17: Bogey

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  105. Scott's approach shot on 17 leaves him about 20 feet short of the hole. That will be an important test for the silly long putter.

    Meanwhile, Angel Cabrera finally hits a drive he likes, as he splits the fairway on 17.

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  106. I don't want to hear a bunch of nonsense about how Tiger's play was disappointing here. Without the extra four shots that he took at 15 on Friday, he would have won the tournament.

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  107. The silly long putter comes up short on 17. Scott taps in for par, and he remains at 8 under par with one hole to play.

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  108. Day hits a nice approach shot on 18, and he will have that 15-20 foot birdie putt that people always have on the last hole at the Masters.

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  109. Scott's drive on 18 runs through the fairway and comes up just short of a fairway bunker.

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  110. Leaderboard at 6:41 P.M.:

    T1. A. Scott (AUS): -8 (71 holes)
    T1. A. Cabrera (ARG): -8 (70)
    3. J. Day (AUS): -7 (71)

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  111. We played the opening music from "Pocoyo" in an effort to encourage "El Pato," but Cabrera's birdie putt on 17 just . . . barely . . . misses.

    He remains at 8 under, tied with Scott for the lead.

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  112. So now Jason Day has his birdie putt on 18. This will be his 280th shot of the weekend, and he needs it to go in so that he can finish at 8 under par.

    But he just . . . barely . . . misses. He taps in for a devastating par. He goes out in 35, comes home in 35, and finishes with a final score of 281: 7 under par. He becomes the leader in the clubhouse, but he trails Scott and Cabrera.

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  113. Leishman goes into a greenside bunker on 18, which means he will be fussing around and taking up a lot of time while Scott is trying to win the tournament.

    Scott hits an 8-iron from the rough, and he is left with pretty much the same putt that Day just missed. Jim Nantz tells us that Scott has never birdied the 18th hole on Sunday at the Masters.

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  114. The Sydney Morning Herald tells us that Adam Scott's birdie putt is about five metres long.

    But first, he has to wait for Leishman's bunker shot.

    It is raining quite hard, by the way.

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  115. AND THE SILLY LONG PUTTER COMES THROUGH!!! ADAM SCOTT HOLES HIS FIVE-METRE PUTT ON 18 TO FINISH AT 279 -- 9 UNDER PAR. Unless Cabrera birdies the last hole, Adam Scott will win the 2013 Masters.

    Scott goes out in 36, and comes home in 33. He shoots 69 on the last day, and he would have been even lower if he could have putted well.

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  116. Leaderboard at 6:55 P.M.

    1. A. Scott (AUS): -9 (72 holes)
    2. A. Cabrera (ARG): -8 (71)
    3. J. Day (AUS): -7 (72)

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  117. But it's not over yet. After a solid drive on 18, Cabrera makes a SPECTACULAR approach shot, up the hill, through the driving rain, and the ball lands only about five feet from the pin. What a shot!

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  118. The guy at the Sydney Morning Herald says that his office and workplaces across Australia went "absolutely berserk" after Scott's putt. So maybe the Aussies are fired up after all.

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  119. Snedeker bogeys the last hole. He goes out in 36, comes home in 39, and finishes with a 75. He is four under par, and Tiger takes Low American at 5 under par.

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  120. Actually, Cabrera's birdie putt was only about two feet. What an amazing shot. He MAKES THE BIRDIE PUTT, and he is tied with Scott again. Cabrera went out in 34, came home in 36, and finishes with 279.

    Leaderboard at 7:01 P.M.:

    T1. A. Scott (AUS): -9 (72 holes)
    T1. A. Cabrera (ARG): -9 (72)

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  121. I'm seeing that Matthew is commenting that the Australian PTI is going to be fun this week, but I don't believe his comments are actually appearing in this post.

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  122. And so the Masters heads to a sudden-death playoff for a second-year in a row.

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  123. The guy from the Sydney Morning Herald says: "Of course we knew it was not going to be so easy for an Aussie to win!"

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  124. Yeah, the Masters.com leaderboard initially showed the Bubba Watson/Louis Oosthuizen scores from last year's playoffs.

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  125. Nick Faldo points out that Angel Cabrera brought a flag for the former champions to sign in honor of Roberto de Vicenzo's 90th birthday, and talks about what a Cabrera victory would mean for Argentina.

    But Jim Nantz responds that Australia is "a true golf-playing nation," whatever that means.

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  126. Apparently the exact Nantz quote was "Australia is truly a golfing nation."

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  127. At HP's NoVA headquarters, we are now playing the "Sudden Death" music from Mario Golf 64.

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  128. OK, we're on the 18th hole for the playoff.

    Adam Scott, who hasn't hit a bad shot in a long time, whacks his drive right down the middle.

    Angel Cabrera steps up and matches him.

    The rain continues to pour down. It's getting pretty dark in the Eastern United States, by the way.

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    1. Yes, but what time is it in Wollongong?

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    2. Augusta.com ‏@AUG_Masters
      Here in Augusta we have maybe 45 minutes of daylight tops. With the overcast skies, the window for a long playoff is short. #masters
      6:10 PM - 14 Apr 13

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  129. Ian Baker Finch says Adam Scott is loved everywhere, not just in Australia. Of course, Ian Baker Finch probably hasn't spent a lot of time around the Crittenden County Public Library.

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  130. Is Stevie wearing a shirt under that jumpsuit?

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    1. "This time, a hug. This time, a hug."

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  132. Adam Scott is 157 yards from the hole. He confers with that guy who used to caddy for Tiger Woods. This caddy is really talking a lot.

    Meanwhile, the rain continues to pelt down.

    Finally, Scott hits the ball. It lands on the front part of the green, but then rolls off the green into a little fringe area.

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  133. Cabrera is 155 yards away. He takes almost no time, simply whacks the ball -- and his shot also lands on the front part of the green, and rolls to within a foot of Scott's ball.

    Nantz jokes that we will have a "chip-off" for the green jacket.

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  134. Ian Baker-Finch, who has worked with Cabrera on the President's Cup, tells us that Cabrera is an "honourary Australian."

    Cabrera ALMOST HOLES his chip, and he will have a tap-in for par. I really thought that was going in.

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  135. Scott's chip comes up about two feet short.

    Faldo tells us that Scott's remaining putt is "dead straight."

    The silly long putter knocks in the par putt.

    The rain continues to fall.

    Cabrera taps in his putt, and they go to the 10th hole.

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  136. Nantz says Scott's put for par was "gutsy."

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    1. I see on Twitter that Nantz apparently said that Scott "guts it" in holing his par putt.

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  137. Over at the Sydney Morning Herald, the commentator suggests: "Try not to think of Greg Norman." That strikes me as good advice.

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    1. Nantz, however, breaks out Norman on Scott's backswing.

      "That's a confident swing by Adam."

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  138. Scott continues to play great. He hits a lovely drive down the middle of the 10th fairway.

    Again, however, Cabrera matches him.

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  139. Chris Evert ‏@ChrissieEvert
    The ratings must be HUGE.... I wish they wouldn't talk so much, tho...
    6:27 PM - 14 Apr 13

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  140. Cabrera is up first. He's 203 yards away. He hits a 6-iron, which lands about 20 feet short of the hole. That was an excellent shot.

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  141. Lew Jetton ‏@Lew_Jetton
    Nantz sig lines: if Scott. " You can the roar from Down Under. If Cabrera, "Don't cry for Angel, Argentina, he's a 2 time #masters champion"
    6:31 PM - 14 Apr 13

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  142. And now Scott has to match Cabrera. He also fires a six-iron, and it actually lands slightly closer to the hole than Cabrera's.

    Cabrera, walking down the fairway, gives Scott a thumbs-up.

    These two have played extremely well down the stretch.

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  143. Cabrera goes first. He ALMOST holes it, but the ball stops on the lip of the hole. He taps in for par.

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  144. Jim Nantz and Stevie ... still talking ...

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    1. For the record, Tiger has yet to win a major since he broke with Stevie.

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  145. Well, sales of those ridiculous putters are going to be pretty darned swift this week.

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  146. Now Scott can win the Masters. He breaks out the silly long putter, as Jim Nantz reminds us that in Australia, a whole nation is watching and hoping that this is the long-awaited moment.

    THE WAIT IS OVER! Adam Scott NAILS THE BIRDIE PUTT and WINS THE 2013 Masters.

    Down the stretch, he played some of the best golf I can remember at Augusta.

    Jim Nantz turns the broadcast over to Ian Baker-Finch, who says we've gone "from down under to the top of the world."

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    1. Jim Nantz ‏@Jimnantzlines
      Adam Scott. A life changer!
      6:38 PM - 14 Apr 13

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  147. OK, that's all for me. Congrats to Adam Scott, who was a well-deserved winner.

    But, man, am I glad we don't have to hear any more about how Australia hasn't won the Masters.

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  148. tommy tomlinson ‏@tommytomlinson
    The Butler Cabin interview, where the Masters turns into a local-access cable program.
    6:50 PM - 14 Apr 13

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