I’m in HOG world headquarters with my 3rd cup o’ Joe, Masters flags on the walls and a picture of Bobby Jones above me. I’m ready to post my (perhaps) final thoughts on the 2011 Masters. My big toe hurts, from nearly cutting it off five minutes before the final round TV coverage started. I’ve actually got golfer’s elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome in my left wrist from all of the blogging, tweeting, facebooking and high fives the last four days.
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Charl Schwartzel, tears in his eyes, Masters champion
I’ll admit I knew next to nothing about Charl Schwartzel before this year’s Masters. In fact, about the only few things I know now is that he’s from South Africa, he has nerves of steel and is the 2011 Masters champion.
I was sure his lack of experience in this tournament would lead to him gagging in the last few holes. Boy was I wrong. He amazingly lit up the final nine, performing what will forever be referred to as a “Schwartzel” in my golf group: making birdie on the last four holes.
Many HOG congratulations to Charl, whose life will never be the same. Welcome to the most exclusive club in golf.
Below is the final leader board for the 2011 Masters, with Charl Schwartzel’s name in slot #1. Well done Charl!
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I’m having a massive Masters adrenaline dump. Haven’t even been able to look at the TV or the ‘puter.
During about a two hour stretch in the most intense part of the tournament, I couldn’t even sit. I was standing with my golf buddy Guy sitting on the couch.
I’m still processing this Masters, but it was one of the all time best. I’m guessing though, if I were to read my initial comments after each of the last 7 years’ Masters I probably would have said the same thing. I’ll post more thoughts on this Masters tomorrow, when I’ve had time to sleep on it and contemplate it over a cup or two of Joe.
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Can’t write for a while. Too intense.
Holy Schwartzel! Charl Schwartzel chipped in for birdie on #1, then holes out for EAGLE on #3 from 108 yards. He’s tied with the lead after McIlroy’s bogey on #1.
McIlroy hit some bad shots on #2, but made a great up-and-down for par on the par-5.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods is catching fire with birdies on #2, #3, #6 and #7. He’s marching hard and the galleries are very loud. Roars everywhere.
This is getting intense. Welcome to Sunday at The Masters.