Monday, April 14, 2008

Golf: The Masters at Augusta

I've been couch-potatoeing the last few days for long periods as I watched the US Masters Championship at Augusta on Foxtel. There is little doubt that Tiger Woods is a freakishly capable golfer. At 32 years of age he is still in the early phases of a career that may mark him as one of the greatest golfers in history.

Woods is not only an outstanding golfer but an amazing person as well.

Finally, however Woods lost this tournament to an even younger player, Trevor Immelman, aged 28. An interview with Immelman is here. A worthy winner who some claim has a swing that replicates that of Ben Hogan and again a top person - in the early stages he was considered a 50:1 long shot in gaming markets but the late odds on his winning moved to even money. A little more than a year ago he recovered from a nasty cancer scare - the tumour was benign but the hospitalisation transitionally damaged his golf. He is the second South African to win the Masters after Gary Player - Player has mentored Immelman since he first took up the game at age 5.

The final round is on Foxtel this evening - more hours for me slumped in front of the TV.

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