Monday, April 13, 2009
Are You Happy Angel Won?
I'm not one to sit here and lie to you ... when the Masters was unfolding, Angel Cabrera was probably the one golfer on the leaderboard I wasn't really pulling for.
I love Kenny Perry. I think Chad Campbell has the game to win multiple major championships (and it would have been to hear his wife sing "Earl" at the jacket ceremony). Obviously Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson coming from that far behind would have been the golf story of this decade. I even pulled for my fellow Arizona Wildcat Jim Furyk, who could never get something after his double-bogey on No. 9.
Why no love for Cabrera? Well, a multiple of reasons. First, I think it is hard to relate to someone that doesn't speak your language. I don't find it offensive he isn't an English speaker, because I can barely order a beer and a taco south of the border without someone looking at me cross-eyed. He seems like a good guy, and even has a great nickname (The Duck, for how he walks).
He played the best golf coming down the stretch and is a deserving Masters champion. Cabrera is quickly becoming the anti-Sergio, playing better in the big tournaments instead of worse. This is his second major championship victory in the last eight contested, tying him with Tiger over that same stretch and putting both one major back of Padraig Harrington during that time period.
Was I rooting for Angel to win? Honestly, not really. Was I happy to see the most deserving guy claim the green jacket? Absolutely, I always am.
To be fair, I'm happy for anything that doesn't involve me having to listen to Nick Faldo talk about anything ever again.
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