Cabrera beats Perry, Campbell in Masters playoff |
Augusta, GA (Sports Network) - Angel Cabrera parred the second playoff hole
Sunday to defeat Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell and win the Masters for his
second major title.
Campbell was eliminated on the first playoff hole after a bogey at Augusta
Perry missed his approach left on 10, the second extra hole, and never
recovered. His 20-footer for par slid by the left side and Cabrera had two
putts from 15 feet for the green jacket.
Cabrera ran the first just a few inches past the hole and tapped in for his
second major. He won the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont.
"This moment and also Oakmont in '07 are the happiest moments in my life,"
the Argentine said through an interpreter.
Cabrera (71), Perry (71) and Campbell (69) finished regulation at 12-under 276
to force the first Masters playoff since Tiger Woods beat Chris DiMarco in
The pairing of the day on Sunday, Phil Mickelson and Woods, with six green
jackets between them, certainly put a charge into the galleries and into the
Mickelson matched the Masters record with a front-nine 30 and got himself
within one of the lead. He hit into Rae's Creek at No. 12 en route to a
double-bogey, missed easy birdie putts on 15 and 17, then bogeyed the last to
finish with a five-under 67 and take fifth place at nine-under 279.
"I thought if I could shoot under par on the back nine, I would have a
chance," said Mickelson.
Woods also crept within one shot of the lead after three birdies in a four-
hole span on the back nine, but the four-time Masters champion bogeyed his
final two holes. He posted a four-under 68 and tied for sixth at minus-eight.
"My number was 11 (under par). If I could post 11, no matter what Phil was
doing, if I held up my end of the bargain, I thought I'd be all right," said
Woods, who has still never won a major without the 54-hole lead.
That 54-hole lead belonged to Perry and Cabrera and it took them 20 holes
to decide the title.
Perry was tied with Campbell at 12-under par on the back nine, then two-putted
for birdie at the par-five 15th to move one ahead. Campbell missed a seven-
foot birdie effort at the 16th, but Perry took advantage of the par three.
In the final group, one behind Campbell, Perry hit his tee ball inches from
the stick. He tapped in and was two ahead with two to play, but an errant
approach and a bad chip at 17 led to a bogey, his first in 23 holes, and
suddenly his margin was one shot over Campbell and Cabrera.
Campbell made par at the last after he hit a good approach. His 15-footer
stayed right, but he was in at minus-12.
Now it was on Perry, who drove into a bunker at the last. Cabrera hammered his
drive down the fairway and came up short with his approach. Perry missed left,
then pitched 15 feet past the hole. Cabrera chipped close, but the spotlight
was on Perry.
If he made the putt, he would win the Masters.
But he didn't. He came up short and tapped in for bogey. Cabrera made his
short par putt and it was off the extra session.
Perry and Campbell found the fairway off 18, the first playoff hole, while
Cabrera drove into the trees. Cabrera caught a good break when his shot hit a
tree and kicked out into the fairway.
Both Perry and Campbell missed the green right with their approaches and
Campbell landed in a bunker. Cabrera hit his third to six feet.
Perry pitched his third very close. He walked up and tapped in to put the
pressure on the Campbell and Cabrera. Campbell blasted four feet past the
Cabrera made the clutch par putt, guaranteeing a second playoff hole.
Campbell's putt lipped out and he was out of the playoff.
"I guess I left the blade open," said Campbell. "I played really well all
week. The last two days I didn't putt very well. Hopefully I can be back in
this situation and do that."
On the second playoff hole, Cabrera and Perry both found the short grass off
the 10th tee. But Perry hit a terrible second well left of the target, while
Cabrera hit a smart approach 15 feet short of the flag stick.
Perry's chip rolled 20 feet past the hole. His putt ran almost five feet past,
giving Cabrera two putts for the green jacket.
He ran his putt slightly past the hole on the left side. Cabrera marked his
ball for a moment, then tapped in to become the first South American to win
Cabrera's fellow countryman, Roberto DeVicenzo, appeared to have the 1968
Masters title. But he signed for an incorrect scorecard and Bob Goalby got the
Now, Cabrera has the title for DeVicenzo and Argentina.
"When I won the U.S. Open, Roberto DeVicenzo gave me a nice picture and there
was a green jacket inside it," Cabrera said.
For Perry, a win would have gotten him his first major title. And at 48 years,
eight months and two days old, it would have made him the oldest major
champion in history.
"I had the tournament to win. I lost the tournament " said Perry. "I'm not
going to hang my head. I may not get this opportunity again, but I had a lot
of fun being in there."
Shingo Katayama shot a four-under 68 and finished fourth at 10-under 278,
followed by Mickelson.
Woods was joined in sixth by John Merrick (66), Steve Flesch (67) and Steve
Stricker (71) at minus-eight.
Hunter Mahan (69), Sean O'Hair (69) and Jim Furyk (73) shared 10th at seven-