After watching The Masters this weekend, I had to go to the doctor this morning to get my blood pressure checked.
Actually I was already going to the doctor, but it makes for a better story to say I needed to get my blood pressure checked after watching that final round in Augusta.
Anybody who watched knows exactly what I'm talking about. And anybody who still doesn't think golf can be dramatic...even on TV...well, you just don't have a heartbeat.
As Master's sportscasting stalwart Jim Nance and the CBS announcer crew suggested, yesterday's final round was like watching two tournaments: the first with the drama of the Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson pairing, and then the finish by the top of the leaderboard and the playoff between Chad Campbell, Kenny Perry, and Angel Cabrera.
When Kenny Perry almost hit that 8-iron in the hole at 16, I thought it was a done deal -- that he had it in the bag, so to speak -- as I'm sure so did many others.
But that's golf, and stuff happens -- even -- or should I say, especially -- on the last two holes of Augusta.
Then, on the first playoff hole, when Angel Cabrera tried to bend his shot around the Augusta pines, and instead ran smack into one...well, I didn't quite feel so bad about my own previous attempts at hitting a golf ball through immoveable 100+ year-old objects (like tall trees, for example).
They say this about The Masters many years, but this one was definitely "one for the ages."
I'm still waiting to hear news from our friends at The Masters, and the IBM team that helped out with the technology, as to what this year's stats were, but if yesterday was any barometer, I would imagine those Web servers were burning it up.
Congrats to the team in Augusta at The Masters for hosting another gem of a golf tournament. There's simply nothing else in the world quite like it, and I hope they continue to keep it that way.
As to 2009 winner Angel Cabrera, Viva Argentina and mucho felicidades!