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Unlike other sports, in which a scorecard comes in handy before and during a game to identify who's who, golf puts a premium on the scorecard after the competition is over. Sunday was the 90th birthday of Roberto DeVicenzo and the 45th anniversary of the scorecard mistake that cost him the Masters.
Anyway, in the spirit of the game's tradition, here is a scorecard detailing who did what at this year's Masters:
BIRDIE: Australia. The country finally got to celebrate the Masters triumph that had been painfully just beyond the reach of Greg Norman, Bruce Crampton, Scott himself and others. Plus, Scott's such a good guy.
DOUBLE BOGEY: Masters competition committee. Why was it necessary for a mysterious, anonymous viewer to call in to report Tiger Woods' infraction? Was no one from the committee watching the Masters on TV as the biggest figure in golf was playing, and tied for or near the lead? Why didn't committee members tell Woods they had reviewed his drop (standard procedure, even after a review is dismissed)? Why did they change their minds about what they had seen after they heard Woods talk about dropping two yards back? Was there really a caller and really a review, or was that just a story to cover someone's backside, allowing the committee to invoke Rule 33-7?
EAGLE: Tianlang Guan. The 14-year-old from China was remarkably good and just as remarkably poised, even after a ruling went against him.
BOGEY: Rory McIlroy. He went south again on the weekend after being so-so the first two days while playing with fellow young star Keegan Bradley, who didn't do much, either.
BOGEY: Tiger Woods. Yes, it was a bad break to have a perfect shot penalized by hitting the flagstick and bouncing into the water. But golf is full of bad breaks (and good ones, too). He let that rattle him and he didn't really contend.
BIRDIE: Woods' legacy. When Scott first got on tour, he basically copied Woods' swing. Guan has said Woods is his inspiration.
BIRDIE: Sudden death. The Masters is the only major to use that playoff format. It might not be the fairest method to determine a champion, but it sure is exciting.
BOGEY: Late tee times. They almost didn't finish the playoff on the cloudy day because of increasing darkness. The Masters, like other majors, starts late on Sunday to squeeze in as much early evening TV time as it can.
BIRDIE: Opinion. Nick Faldo and Brandel Chamblee took a fair amount of heat from golf cognoscenti for saying on the Golf Channel on Saturday morning that Woods should disqualify himself. Agree or not, it is healthy and refreshing to hear a different perspective in golf television, where commentators would rather hit a month of shanks than criticize anyone.
BOGEY: Joe LaCava. Woods' new caddie, who is widely praised for being so much more mellow than predecessor Steve Williams, didn't notice that his boss was breaking a rule a few feet from where LaCava stood.
PAR: Angel Cabrera Jr. Presented a heartwarming sight as he caddied for dad and helped the player ranked No. 269 in the world nearly win the world's most popular golf tournament.