The wind is howling
2:00: The players on the first page or two of the leaderboard will be teeing off soon. Phil Mickelson is at -2 still on the 3rd hole. He’s using a different putter today. Ian Poulter just went to -4 after making a birdie on #2. Retief Goosen just missed about a four foot birdie putt on #2. He’ll stay at -2.
2:40: Shaky start for Immelman and Snedeker. Immelman missed the fairway on #1 and Snedeker missed the green. They’re both looking at bogey and yes, two bogies. Tiger has picked up a shot on the 1st hole having pared it.
3:05: Tiger is in the greenside bunker on the par-3 #4. Meanwhile Brand Snedeker just EAGLED #2 with an improbable putt through the fringe and is tied for the lead. Immelman made par. Paul Casey just stiffed one on #3 and should have birdie to go to -8. Yup, -8 now for Casey and he’s two back. OH NO Tiger just power-lipped his par putt and now he’s got a four footer for bogey. Bogey.
3:25-3:35: Paul Casey failed to exit the bunker on #4 and ended up with a double. Immelman pulled the hell out of his hybrid on #4 and is way long and left. Tiger was 1″ from making about a 40 foot birdie but pared #5. Snedeker makes par on #4 while Tiger hit a great shot into the par-3 6th hole. He made about a six footer for birdie and is back to -5, five back.
3:45: Paul Casey is about done. He addressed his ball and it moved. Trevor Immelman hit a spectacular shot to a few feet on #5. He made his birdie and now is back to -11, a two shot lead.
4:05-4:15: Immelman’s lead goes up to three shots on #6 after Snedeker bogeys. Wow Immelman just mis-hit a shot but got a good bounce on #7. He’s got a short birdie putt which I expect him to make. That would move him to a four shot lead. Snedeker is in the greenside bunker and… bogeys to -7. OHH NO. Immelman just gagged on that tiny birdie putt and missed. Even with that miss he’s got a four shot lead.
4:20-4:40: Ian Poulter is in the middle of a nuclear meltdown. He’s +7 on the day. Both Immelman and Snedeker missed the fairway on the par-5 #8. Immelman pays for a bad approach on #8 and three-putts for a bogey. He’s at -10, two shots ahead of Steve Flesch.
4:50: Tiger bogeys #10. 10 has kicked Tiger’s butt all week. The field is backing up. Snedeker bogeyed #9. Immelman got up and down on #9 from the greenside bunker to retain his two shot lead.
5:15: Tiger makes birdie on #11 with an 80 foot putt, back to -5. He then blew his tee shot over the green right on #12. He saved par.
5:30: Immelman is having some indecision on his approach on #11. Snedeker is short right. Immelman’s shot flared right, near a sprinkler hole. During Immelman’s indecision, Tiger hit his drive on #13 into the trees on the right. No way he can go for the green in two now. Phil Mickelson just finished his 2008 Masters at -2. Steve Flesch found a watery grave on #12 and seriously hurt his cause with a double bogey.
5:45: It’s getting almost too intense for me to write anymore. Immelman made a great putt on #11 from the fringe to save par. Tiger hit a terrific shot into #13 and missed a very make-able birdie putt. You’d NEVER expect Tiger to miss that putt. Immelman is long-left over #12 and would have a hard time making par. Tiger could have potentially made up two shots.
Immelman is going to make bogey at least on #12 and Snedeker made a very long birdie there. He’ll make up two shots minimum. Immelman makes bogey.
6:00-6:10: Tiger Woods hit a very poor approach on #14. He hit a poor approach shot and missed a nine foot par putt. He’s not feeling it. He’s got a knee-knocker for bogey now on the 2nd easiest hole on the course. Bogey.
On #13 Immelman layed up, while for the 2nd day in a row, Brand Snedeker goes in the hazard in front of the green. BIG mistake. Immelman’s 3rd shot is stiff. He should extend his lead by a shot. Tiger meanwhile, is losing it. We can put a fork in him. He flared his shot way right on #15.
6:15: Trevor Immelman has a FIVE shot lead with five holes to go. Tiger’s chip goes into gag range, especially the way he’s putted this week. I give Tiger 50/50 at best on this birdie putt. Yup he could only muster a par. Par-par on 13 & 15. Those holes should be babycakes for him.
6:30: Immelman’s lead is now six shots. The entire field is gagging away. I’m considering bagging watching the rest and going golfing!
6:45: Tiger is limping his way up the final hole. WOA. Wait a second. Immelman just knocked his tee shot in the water hazard on #16. WTF?
6:55: Newsflash: Tiger made a putt at #18 for birdie. Too little too late. He’s behind by three and Immelman is in good shape on #17. It “should” be over but you never know…
7:15: Following a sand save on #17, Trevor goes into 18 with a three shot lead. Tiger is in 2nd. He found the fairway so it is pretty much a done deal. There’s no way he’s getting a triple bogey from the fairway. Oh, he’s in a divot! Bad luck. He should be ok though. He hit a GREAT shot out of that divot.
5:26 PM ET, April 12 2008: Tears in his eyes, Trevor Immelman IS Masters champion.
Masters Final Thoughts.... coming soon