|The Masters - April 05, 2010
Augusta National Golf Club
Par: 36-36—72 Yards: 7,445
Winner's FedExCup Points Share: 600
Purse: $7,000,000* Winner: $1,350,000*
2009 Champion: Angel Cabrera (276, -12)
Cabrera Ready for Masters Title Defense
at Augusta National Golf Club
At the end of regulation, Angel Cabrera and Kenny Perry were right back where they started at the beginning of the final round of the 2009 Masters Tournament. Cabrera and Perry were deadlocked through 54 holes, and they were in the same position through 72 holes—joined by Chad Campbell in a sudden-death playoff. After Campbell fell out of the playoff, Cabrera, an Argentina native, went on to win his first Masters and second major championship when he parred to Perry’s bogey. The Masters victory was the first by a player from South America.
Cabrera returns to the scene of his greatest victory this week when he defends his title at Augusta National Golf Club. In all six of his stroke-play starts this season, Cabrera has made the cut. But he’s only enjoyed one top-10 showing—at the season-opening SBS Championship.
Cabrera is 93rd in the FedExCup standings and 82nd on the money list, with $334,642 in earnings.
Couples, Norman to Reprise their
Presidents Cup Captains’ Roles
Fred Couples (below, right) and Greg Norman (below, left) will be back in 2011. PGA TOUR Commissioner announced March 31 that Couples (U.S. Team) and Norman (International Team) will return as captains for the 2011 Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The biennial tournament will be at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Nov. 14-20. The Americans hold a 6-1-1 lead in the competition.
As first-time captains at the 2009 Presidents Cup in San Francisco, Couples and Norman each led strong teams at Harding Park Golf Course. The U.S. Team retained the Cup, winning by five points. The 2009 Presidents Cup marked the first time in the event's history that both captains were former Presidents Cup participants.
“There could be no better choices to serve as captains of The Presidents Cup 2011 than Fred Couples and Greg Norman,” said Finchem. “Fred and Greg bring not only their extensive experience as Presidents Cup participants to the table, but also what they learned in 2009 as captains. I am confident they will once again showcase the incredible sportsmanship, leadership and camaraderie that is the hallmark of The Presidents Cup.”
Masters Tournament Notes
Angel Cabrera and Tiger Woods are the only active PGA TOUR members who have won both the U.S. Open and the Masters. Woods will be making his 2010 debut this week.
International players (Trevor Immelman in 2008 and Angel Cabrera in 2009) have claimed back-to-back Masters wins for the first time since Spain’s Jose Maria Olazabal (1999) and Fiji’s Vijay Singh (2000) won in back-to-back years. There is only one time when international players have won more than two consecutive Masters Tournaments. It occurred from 1988 to 1991, when England’s Sandy Lyle won in 1988, followed by fellow countryman Nick Faldo in 1989 and 1990, with Wales’ Ian Woosnam winning in 1991.
A year ago, 19 players made their first Masters appearances, with seven making the cut. The top finishers among the first-timers were John Merrick (tied for sixth), Ryuji Imada, Anthony Kim and Rory McIlroy (all tied for 21st).
With his fifth-place finish in 2009 and tie for fifth in 2008, Phil Mickelson has 12 top-10s in 17 career professional starts at the Masters, including two wins and 10 top-10s in his last 12 trips. Mickelson has only missed one cut in 17 starts at Augusta.
Angel Cabrera is attempting to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2002 to successfully defend his title. In history, only Woods, Jack Nicklaus (1965-66) and Nick Faldo (1989-90) have won consecutive Masters titles.
Last year’s playoff with Angel Cabrera, Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry marked the 14th playoff in Masters history and the eighth since the playoff format became sudden death. It is also the third sudden-death playoff that included three players (1979 and 1987 were the others).
With a final-round, front-nine, 6-under-par 30 last year, Phil Mickelson tied three players for the low front nine in Masters history. The other 30s came from Johnny Miller (third round, 1975), Greg Norman (fourth round, 1988) and K.J. Choi (second round, 2004).
Tiger Woods tied for sixth in 2009 and has 10 top-10 finishes in 13 professional starts at the Masters. The four-time champion has not won the event since 2005.
For the first time, Italy will have three players in this week’s field. Brothers Edoardo Molinari and Francesco Molinari will be joined by amateur Matteo Manassero. The Molinaris are in the field by virtue of their Official World Golf Ranking, while Manassero is playing this week after winning the 2009 British Amateur.