Mike Sorensen: Masters is top sporting event on TV

Published: Sunday, April 8 2012 11:56 p.m. MDT

Last year, nine different players held the lead in the final round. First, it looked like Tiger Woods would get his fifth green jacket, then it looked like Adam Scott would win his first major and, suddenly, an unknown South African named Charl Schwartzel came roaring from nowhere, becoming the first golfer in history to birdie the final four holes at Augusta to win.

This year, only four players held a piece of the lead on the final day after eight players had the day before, but the momentum swings were thrilling. There was Louis Oosthuizen's double eagle at No. 2 — only the fourth in the 78-year history of the Masters and first ever on No. 2 — Phil Mickelson's triple-bogey blowup at No. 4 and Bubba Watson's four consecutive birdies from 13 to 16, which put him in a playoff.

Then in the playoff, Watson looked like he'd win on the first sudden-death hole, only to miss his putt. On the second playoff hole, he hit into the trees and looked to be out of it, only to hit a miraculous shot off the pine needles to within 15 feet, from where he two-putted for the victory.

Only 361 more days until next year's Masters. Can't wait.

email: sor@desnews.com

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