The fates have conspired for a couple of interesting pairings in the final rounds of the 2009 Masters, the most notable is the 1:35 pm tee time of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson—the two players television most wanted to see in the final group. Alas for ratings, they’re both seven shots out of it. In an interview yesterday, Phil said that he could still win the tournament by shooting a 66—and that a 66 was out there.
Thomas Bonk, a senior writer for Golf Digest, was caught on the Golf Channel saying that Tiger could still win it: “He’s done something like this before although it would be pretty spectacular for that to happen.”
Actually, Thomas, no he hasn’t. Tiger has never won a major coming from behind after 54 holes.
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But The Golfblogger is happy this morning because two veterans are at the top. Kenny Perry is 48; Cabrera is 39. At 11 under, they’re two or three shots clear of the next pair, Jim Furyk (-8) and Chad Campbell (-9).
Logic and experience tells us that the eventual winner is likely to come from among those four. The next groups of Steve Stricker and Rory Sabbatini and Shingo Katayama and Todd Hamilton are either five or six shots out of the lead. Those guys only win if they go very low and the leaders have a collective meltdown.
Lack of television star power aside, I think that for golf fans, this year’s Masters should be exciting. The leaders should play some outstanding golf and I predict at this point that it’ll be very close. A playoff may be in the offing.
A win for Kenny Perry would be a great story. He’s one of the ultimate rags-to-riches story. Perry’s professional golf career had a very rocky start. With a wife and growing family, he played for years on the (now defunct) mini tour while working as a flunky at a local course. Perry was down to his last dollar when he finally made it through Q School. A church member lent him $5,000 for the event, under the condition that in the future he donate 5% of his winnings to David Lipscomb University, a Christian school.
That member’s faith worked out. Perry has now donated $1.4 million to the institution.
Here are the tee times and pairings for the final round.