Countdown to The Masters: 8
With the Masters set to kick off on April 7, we celebrate the coming of the first Major of 2016 by revisiting the best of the best from days gone by.
April 12, 2009
Angel Cabrera won for his country and an entire continent ,defeating Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry in a playoff. He was the first man from Argentina and the first from South American to win The Masters.
Campbell was the talk of the tournament early, with his 7-under 65 that included five straight birdies to star the tournament, giving him a 1-stroke lead over fellow Americans Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan. Campbell and Kenny Perry both reached 9-under after two days, but Cabrera’s back-to-back 68s had him just one stroke back.
The wind picked up on Saturday, and Cabrera’s 69 saw him move into a tie with Perry for the lead at 11-under, Campbell now trailing by two strokes. Perry and Cabrera made up the final duo, with Campbell a group ahead. The Day 1 and 2 leader put the pressure on early, 11-under through eight holes, and looked like he would take the title outright when he reached 14-under through 16, only to bogey 17 and 18 to leave the door open.
Cabrera, who lost three strokes between holes 4 and 10, fought back to 1-under through 13, then birdied 15 and 16 to reach 12-under. Campbell got to 12-under with a birdie on 15, but parred 16-18.
As is tradition, the playoff proceeded with all three men on 18 again, where Campbell bogeyed to drop out. Cabrera’s tee shot went wide and his recovery shot hit a tree, but his third shot, from 114 yards away, landed six feet from the hole, where he made par. Perry and Cabrera next moved to No. 10, where Perry stumbled to a bogey while Cabrera got within 15 feet in two shots and two-putted to victory.