No surprises as Mickelson wins, Tiger fails and Ernie disappoints

2010-04-14 00:00

IT WAS no surprise that Phil Mickelson won the 74th U.S. Masters. After all, he is ranked number two in the world and he has won it twice before. It was also no surprise that Tiger Woods didn’t win, having played no competitive golf for five months.

Many golf fans believe that Woods displayed an arrogant attitude towards the Masters in that he didn’t play a warm-up tournament, but that’s the nature of the man. He obviously thinks he is better than he actually is, and that he just had to turn up to win the tournament.

Even though he was rusty and hit many terrible shots, he found himself only five behind the winner in the end. Prior to the tournament he seemed more concerned over how he would be greeted by his fellow players and spectators than how he would play.

In Major tournaments such as the Masters, one tends to support the underdog. This year it was Lee Westwood, who looked as though he was finally going to win a Major.

But it wasn’t to be, Mickelson played brilliant, positive, attacking golf and never once took his foot off the accelerator, fully deserving his third Masters title.

What is so disappointing is the poor performance of the South African players, who were rated as the strongest bunch that we had ever had at the Masters prior to the tournament. Three of them didn’t make the cut and the others never really got going.

Our hopes were pinned mainly on Ernie Els, but he disappointed us all again. There is something about Augusta that seems to intimidate Ernie.

He failed to make the cut for the two previous Masters, and this year, while he played the first 17 holes at three under par on Thursday, he made a six at the 18th hole and never recovered from that.

Els made 68 on the final day but then there was no pressure and nobody was taking any notice.

This was surely Ernie’s best chance in years to feature at the first Major of the year, but it seemed that the heartbreak of previous years couldn’t be forgotten and it ultimately had a negative effect on him.

Oh well, there’s always next year.

Last week’s results:

Maritzburg Golf Club held the Bedstore Monthly Mug on Saturday.

The winner of the A division on a count-out was M. Kruger on net 68. In second place was K. Pretorius.

The B division was won by H. Deane on a net 68, second place went to C. Buxton-Foreman on net 69.

The C division was won by H. Stokes on net 66 and second was R. Wichman with a net 67.

Victoria Country Club held their annual Jackson Gold Cup, which is a 4-ball alliance competition. The winners on a count-out with 117 points were D. Sutton, B. Leer, H. Vermaak and C. Tyschen. In second place were P. Claasens, B. Fourie, R. Young and K Morris.

From the 19th hole:

Those three old golfers, Sam, Harry and Fred were sitting together as usual after their weekly game of golf. These are some of the things they were overheard saying to each other:

Sam: “One thing I was taught at school is that double negatives are a complete no-no.”

Harry: “Why isn’t the word ‘phonetic’ spelt the way it sounds?”

Fred: “A woman walks into a bar and asks the barman for a double entendre. So he gave her one.”

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