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1. GOOGLE HIM: What does a Masters victory do for your popularity? Before this week most people wouldn’t have recognized Trevor Immelman if he was next to them at the local Starbucks. Minutes after he holed out on No. 18, the South African’s name had jumped to No. 2 in Google Trends, which provides insight into search patterns on the popular search engine.
2. AND HER: Just after 9 p.m. EST, “Carminita Immelman” (his wife) checked in at No. 1. (“Amy Mickleson” was No. 52. “Tiger Woods’ wife” was No. 40.) Don’t people know how to spell Elin Nordegren?
3. AND THEIR BANK ACCOUNT: What was the one thing that people cared about more than Trevor Immelman and his wife? How much money he earned. The prize distribution is another Masters mystery because it isn’t announced until after the tournament. That’s why three of the top 13 topics in Google Trends were focused on the topic. “Masters purse” was No. 3, while “Masters payout” came in at No. 10 and “Masters prize money” was 13th.
4. YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS: Tiger Woods sill has never won a major while trailing after 54 holes.
5. BUT DID YOU KNOW THIS?: Woods’ runner-up finish Sunday was his second consecutive second-place finish at the Masters, and his fifth overall in major championships.
He’s not even close to catching Jack Nicklaus in this category: To go along with his 18 major victories, the Golden Bear also collected 19 silver medals at golf’s biggest events.
6. ROLLERCOASTER RIDE: Trevor Immelman may live inside the gates at Lake Nona in Orlando, but don’t expect him to go to Disney World to celebrate his Masters victory.
“This has probably been the ultimate rollercoaster ride,” Immelman said about his comeback from surgery to Masters champion, “and I hate roller coasters.”
7. RULE HIM OUT: A gust of wind blew away Paul Casey’s chances of contending for his first major title.
The Englishman, who started the final round four shots off the lead, was standing over a par putt at the sixth hole when his ball moved ever so slightly. He called a one-stroke penalty on himself, then putted out for a bogey that should have been a par.
He followed with two more bogeys, made the turn in 41 and was no longer a factor.
“That took the wind out of my sails, because it was so difficult out there today,” said Casey, who finished with a 7-over 79, dropping him all the way back to even par for the tournament and into a tie for 11th. “That kind of threw me for a couple of holes and that was it. Going into the back nine, I’m too far back, simple as that.”
8. AND THESE GUYS, TOO: Casey wasn’t the only one to impose a penalty on himself for the ball moving after it was addressed. Bernhard Langer added a stroke in the first round, and amateur Michael Thompson called the same penalty Friday. Both missed the cut.
9. SUNDAY’S KEY HOLE: Par-5, 510-yard 13th.
Trevor Immelman pitched a wedge to within 2 feet for his only birdie on the back nine, while Brandt Snedeker hit it in the water for the second consecutive day for a bogey that left him five behind. Tiger Woods also missed a short birdie putt.
10. CALL THE MECHANIC: Miguel Angel Jimenez started the final round tied for 35th place. He teed off early, shot 68 and moved up 27 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for eighth, his best finish in 10 Masters starts.
“It was very satisfying,” Jimenez said. “That was the goal, no?”
Jimenez holed a 7-iron shot for eagle on the par-4 7th hole, then chipped in for birdie on No. 18. It was one of four sub-par rounds all day.
11. WHY DON’T YOU KICK MY DOG WHILE YOU’RE AT IT?: Ian Poulter made five birdies Sunday but still shot 78. He had three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 5-7, and added another at No. 11.
“Four doubles in a space of like six holes kind of hurt me,” said Poulter, stating the obvious. To make matters worse, the scoreboard had Poulter for a triple bogey on No. 6.
“That’s not very nice, is it?” Poulter said.
12. NO BOO-BOOS: Boo Weekley enjoyed his first trip to Augusta National, until the final round. Weekley shot a back-nine 40 for a 77 Sunday. At least nobody got hurt.
“I ain’t hitting it on all cylinders today so that makes it worse,” Weekley said. “One way or the other, you know, as long as I just get done without breaking something or hurting somebody, I mean that’s my goal.”
13. I AM TIGER WOODS!: Tiger Woods yelled at himself again Sunday, making it three days in a row at Augusta National.
His final-round scolding came on the 13th tee, where Woods lost his drive right into the trees. “Tiger!” he yelled.
On Saturday, Woods blurted out “Dumba–!” on the 15th tee after hitting his drive toward the left edge of the fairway, leaving him without an angle to reach the par-5 in two. He yelled “Woodrow!” after a drive into the right trees on No. 18 Friday.
14. BRANDT NEW EXPERIENCE: Throughout the week, Brandt Snedeker strolled around the Augusta National grounds with a smile on his face. Even through a final-round 77, Snedeker could be seen smiling and displaying his happy-go-lucky attitude, a trademark that endeared him to fans. Nothing had phased him, until he reached the interview room.
“It’s just part of life, part of growing up, he said. “Obviously I need a lot more of that. It’s just tough right now. So ask away and I’ll do my best.”
Snedeker stifled tears throughout his interview.
“You know, I have no clue why I am so emotional,” Snedeker said. “I was laughing outside. I’m crying in here. I couldn’t tell you. You know, it’s just –”
The interviewer said to Snedeker: “Just now you had to take a couple of moments.”
Snedeker’s response: “Yeah, probably still need a few more,” and he broke down in tears, crying into a towel.
15. UH-OH: Something of a post-round meltdown by the oft-injured Arron Oberholser produced these gems: “I did nothing good today, I didn’t enjoy one shot today and I enjoyed very few shots this week. I'm just burnt out.”
He continued: “I don’t care about top 50 anymore, I don’t care about coming back to the Masters, I don’t care about getting in any of the majors. I just want to be healthy. I’ll take healthy and on the Nationwide Tour right now versus playing out here constantly hurt.”
16. THE MYSTERIOUS SIXTIES: Trevor Immelman had a chance to become the first player in the history of the Masters to finish with all four rounds in 60s. He shot 75, missing by six shots.
17. HAND IT OVER: At least Zach Johnson gets to keep his spot in the champions locker room.
Any chance Johnson had of winning another green jacket ended early Sunday. After a birdie on No. 2, he finished the front nine with bogeys on Nos. 5, 7 and 9. He finished with a 5-over 77, and wound up in a tie for 20th.
Johnson was there for the green jacket presentation, but only to give it to the newest winner, Trevor Immelman.
"Having the green jacket on my back for a year has been fantastic," Johnson said. "It's one of those things you don't want to give up. But, you know, that's why we play it every year."
18. FYI: We are 60 days from the first round of the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
See you in San Diego!
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