As Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els were trading blows on the back nine Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club, a 19-year-old amateur was quietly making a statement of his own.
The 68th Masters opened with a salute not to a Q-rated protagonist but to a trusty sidekick.
Waiting at Augusta National’s 15th tee Sunday, Tiger Woods found himself in a disconcertingly unusual situation.
Some moved up, some moved down. At the 68th Masters, K.J. Choi, Sergio Garcia and Chris DiMarco were among those who did a little of both.
In the end, standing on the majestic practice green at Augusta National preparing for a playoff that never would happen, there was nothing more for Ernie Els to do.
There were too many “Arnie moments” to count during the King’s final Masters.
He may have looked a little like a startled Dean Jones in one of those old, fluffy, G-rated Disney flicks, but as the 2004 Masters movie unfolded, admit it – Lefty looked pretty good in green.
So when, exactly, did Phil Mickelson have this great epiphany to become a calculating, left-handed Jack Nicklaus, plotting his way around a major championship as if seated at an Ivy League chess table?
At long last, Mickelson’s major quest culminates in thrilling triumph, not frustrating failure.
Martha Burk regrets that she did not get arrested for picketing outside the gates of Augusta National last year, but she said there is no point returning to protest the club’s all-male membership in April.
Determined Len Mattiace won’t let mishap keep him from Masters.
Read Jeff Babineau's column on Phil Mickelson's first major and Masters victory.
Phil Mickelson came to Augusta National early to improve his game which led to his victory.
Read James Achenbach's column on Phil Mickelson finally finding the missing part of his game which gave him his first major victory.
Justin Rose lost the lead of the 2004 Masters after shooting nine bogeys during the final round.
Bernhard Langer was able to stay in the hunt till two par 5s on the final day cost him at the 2004 Masters.
After 44 appearances, Jack Nicklaus could of played in his final Masters tournament.
The final round of the 2004 Masters was one of the most memorable but TV audiences were down from last year.
Padraig Harrington won in extra holes over Eduardo Romero to win the 2004 Par 3 Contest at Augusta National.
Augusta National Chairman Hootie Johnson defends Masters officials' decision to allow Lian-Wei Zhang of China to play in the 2004 Masters tournament.