Quick turnaround and Masters win for Immelman

first_imgWoods never got within five shots of the lead when he was on the course, twice missed birdie putts inside 8 feet and had to settle for a 72 and his second consecutive runner-up finish in the Masters.“I learned my lesson there with the press,” said Woods, who started the talk about a Grand Slam by stating three months ago that winning all four majors in the same year was “easily within reason.”The only slam possibilities now belong to Immelman, a 28-year-old with a polished swing, who finally realized his potential in the wicked wind of Augusta and a final round that yielded only four rounds under par.Immelman, who finished at 8-under 280, started the week by playing a practice round with his boyhood idol, Gary Player, who won his third Masters in 1978 and set a record by playing for the 51st time. Quick turnaround and Masters win for ImmelmanApril 14, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint.AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Trevor Immelman has never felt better.Four months after he had a tumor removed from his back, Immelman handled the wind and pressure of Augusta National far better than anyone chasing him Sunday to win the Masters, the first South African in a green jacket in 30 years.Immelman held it together around Amen Corner and stretched his lead to as many as six shots on the back nine, taking the life out of a Masters that began with so much hype.A two-putt par on the final hole gave him a 3-over 75, matching the highest final round by a Masters champion. Even so, it was good enough for a three-shot victory over Tiger Woods, whose hopes for a calendar Grand Slam ended with a thud.last_img

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