US Masters 2011

Charl Schwartzel - Green King: Former champion Phil Mickelson helps 2011 winner Charl Schwartzel into the famous green jacket.
April 12, 2011 12:05am CST
As everyone who is familiar with the game of golf, the US Masters is one of the most revered and respected USPGA event and to the professional golfers around the world the holy grail of golf. The recently concluded 2011 US Masters (Green Jacket) was indeed one of the most memorable golf tournament for me. For a start, I am particularly touched when Phil Mickelson the previous winner made a surprising and touching gesture at the welcome dinner hosting. Instead of ordering an American menu for the event, he ordered a Spanish one to remember his nemesis and idol Seve Ballesteros. Seve Ballesteros is a well respected former Green Jacket winner who was unable to attend this tournament due to his unfortunate medical condition - cancer. The welcome dinner usually goes according to the last winner's country and Phil took a wonderful initiative to make it different which is indeed a first. As for the tournament, it certainly lived up for its exciting and mind blowing entertainment. I believe meltdowns is not uncommon and like all previous, this year's Green Jacket casualty would have to be Rory McIlroy who really looked like the clear winner going into the final day 4 strokes ahead would turn out so wrong and unexpected. Well, as the saying goes, it was so near and yet so far story for him. Another unexpected for 2011, was no one would have anticipated a non US field for the first 3 winners, starting with the Green Jacket going to a Charl Schwartzel from South Africa with Jason Day and Adam Scott from Australia sharing second place. Charl certainly deserves the jacket with his final day's last 4 holes' successive birdie blitzes, giving the tournament an epic nail biting finish. I think everyone is wondering if Tiger Woods would be making a prodigy comeback into the game especially after some harsh words from his competition Ian Poulter. I believe the latter will be eating his words after saying that Tiger would not be able to end with a top 5 placing finishing, where his nemesis actually finished 278 tied third with Geoff Ogilvy (US) and Luke Donald (GB). As the affable Amen Corner, I believe everyone will have their prayers in their mouths for the next tournament next year. I am praying for Seve to successfully combat his cancer. Sorry Rory, better game next year and congratulations Charl and thank you for such a wonderful performance. Read more:
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