Apr 13 2009 @stuartflatt

Argentina’s Angel Cabrera beat Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in a play-off to win the 73rd Masters at Augusta. Perry looked a sure winner after a birdie at 16 took him two clear, however he dropped a shot at 17 and 18 to finish 12 under and tie with Campbell and Cabrera.

In the playoff, Campbell was eliminated at the first hole, while Perry had a wild approach to the second playoff hole (the 10th), Angel made a steady par to take the title and become the lowest-ranked Masters champion since the world rankings began in 1986.

“I’m so emotional I can barely talk. This moment, and the win in Oakmont, are the greatest moments of my life,” he said through an interpreter.

“It’s incredible. I still can’t believe it. I felt that when Tiger and Phil were making birdies and were making a move, I had to make a move myself in order to be the winner.

“This is a great moment for any golfer, to win the Masters.”

Japan’s Shingo Katayama finished fourth, Mickelson fifth and Woods joint sixth with fellow Americans Steve Flesch, Steve Stricker and John Merrick.

Woods and Mickelson, paired together for the final day, made a march on the rest of the field, shooting 68 and 67 respectively.

No European finished in the top 16, our worst showing since 2000. Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell was the best placed in joint 17th after a final-round 69 put him four under overall.

Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were joint 10th when they resumed, but Poulter shot 74 for two under and Westwood, having double-bogeyed the seventh, dropped seven shots in the last four holes for a 79 – the worst round of the day.

Padraig Harrington, searching for a third successive major, lost a ball up a tree and added a seven on the 9th to his nine on the 2nd on Saturday. He shot 73 to finish level-par for the tournament.

For 19-year-old Rory McIlroy a memorable debut was completed with birdies on six of his last 10 holes for a final-round 70 and two under overall.

Paul Casey, Justin Rose and 51-year-old Sandy Lyle, the 1988 champion were also two under.

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