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The Story Of Two West Coast Rivals And The Coveted Green Jacket

Show Down Sunday At The Masters

Show Down Sunday At The Masters

Sunday at the 2009 Masters had a lot of interesting stories emerging after 54 holes of play, of course, there was the questionable bunker infaction by Rory Mcllroy, the 11 birdies on Friday for Anthony Kim, farewells by Gary Player and Fuzzy Zoeller and Greg Norman in another bid mising the cut by two strokes. But professionally, the biggest rivalry “west coast style” has been generated by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, after playing so-so rounds on Saturday, destiny brought the rivals together for the final round on Sunday. The 1:35 pm tee time was definitely the most talked about tee time for Sunday. Obviously if you have been following the rivalry, some of it was made by straight up golf competition, some by the media and the rest by off-the-cuff comments made by Phil on ocassion and some off season comment made by Tiger’s Caddie Steve Williams in his hometown. As the round began this afternoon, there was no doubt that the duel of Woods and Mickelson was the power draw for fans at home and those hanging around Amen Corner. But Phil Mickelson was the first to draw blood with a birdie sealing it with a provocative fist pump. As Tiger struggled to keep it together, he played safe and consistent, not seemingly bothered by the antics and or good fortune of his rivalry. Tiger recovered beautifully on the 8th hole with a long birdie, which seemed to trigger a spark on the some what stoic Tiger. He was focus, but seemed to have stuck his confidence in his bag. Between these two rivals are six Masters victory and over a 120 tour wins. But today they just seemed wanting to win one more. At the turn at Amen Corner, the crowd was knee deep and loud waiting for these two stallworths of the game to battle it out. On hole 13 today both men had an eagle opportunity and both settled for a birdie instead. Another birdie for Tiger earned him three off the lead while Phil had to make ground on the the double bogey from his previous hole where he laid wet in the pond. As the day continues, the crowd following these two golfers was beyond belief, at times the roars behind them were louder than the roars at Amen Corner. One can only guess how this will end later today, but I am joining the roaring crowds. Over and Out.

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