Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Angel Finally Flies Again as Tiger and Phil Falter

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Angel Finally Flies Again as Tiger and Phil Falter

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AFTER more than a year without a top five finish anywhere in the world Argentina's Angel Cabrera is back - with a bang.

The 39-year-old now has a Masters green jacket to add to his 2007 US Open victory and can call himself South America's most successful-ever golfer.

"This is a great moment, the dream of any golfer to win The Masters," said Cabrera after beating Americans Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in the tournament's first three-man play-off since Larry Mize defeated Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros in 1987.

Cabrera looked set to be a runner-up when he trailed Perry by two with two to play.

But the 48-year-old Ryder Cup hero, trying to become the oldest major winner ever, bogeyed them both and then bogeyed the second hole of sudden death as well.

By then it was down to the two of them, Campbell having missed a par putt of under four feet at the start of the play-off.

For Perry it was heartbreaking, no matter how brave a face he tried to put on it afterwards.

Thirteen years ago he was two ahead standing on the final tee of the US PGA championship, but took a bogey six, saw Mark Brooks birdie the hole and lost their play-off.

"I've got two to think about now," said Perry, who missed a 15-footer for victory on the last.

"But if this is the worst thing that happens to me, I can live with it.

"Great players get it done - and Angel got it done." For most of the final day at Augusta National, the main focus was on two other great players. The best two in the current game.

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, paired together for only the third time in the final round of a major, both charged spectacularly into contention from seven behind and with two to go were only one behind.

But both blew it.

Woods bogeyed the last two holes and finished only joint sixth.

Mickelson, who had covered the front nine in a recordequalling 30, double-bogeyed the 12th, missed a four-foot eagle putt on the 15th and a sixfooter for birdie at the 17th, then bogeyed the last. …

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