The Masters: It's in a League of It's Own

Jay KaneContributor IApril 16, 2009

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 11:  Todd Hamilton plays a shot on the 13th hole during the third round of the 2009 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2009 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Masters golf tournament is the biggest event on the PGA tour. 

Playing in the Masters or simply playing a regular round of golf at Augusta National is like entering a new realm of existence.  It is so majestic; it is like playing a round of golf in the clouds. 

The only tournament that even comes close is the oldest tournament in golf is the British Open, but only when it is played at St. Andrews (the home of golf).

The 2009 Masters had everything you could of hoped for.

Tiger on the prowl on Sunday paired with a very hot Phil Mickelson, the potential oldest man ever to win a major leading by two strokes, but could not seem to hold that title with only two holes left to play, Gary 'The Black Knight' Player playing in his last Masters tournament, and there were even extra holes to find someone to wear the green jacket. 

What else could you ask for in a golf tournament?

Those of us that play the game of golf understand how hard it is to play when the pressure is on.  Even just getting off the first tee because there are other people around watching is extra pressure we all have trouble with. 

Can you imagine having to make that same shot with thousands of people there in person, dozens of TV cameras, and all kinds of other news people and photographers watching? 

I just hit a banana slice thinking about it.

Now, try and hit a three or four foot putt under those conditions to win the Masters. 

That's all right, go and change your shorts then come back and finish reading…OK, feel better? 

Well that may have not been the situation Sunday for Kenny Perry, but a 40-plus foot chip is not much easier.  His twitchy right wrist, as he put it, failed him again.  He actually put the 60-degree wedge in the bag just for this tournament and this exact reason. 

What was he thinking? Then again, it isn’t called the pressure of winning the Masters for no reason.

To come up short in the Masters with a two stroke lead and two holes to play has to be so depressing.  It was for me as I had put $10 on Kenny to win the Masters at 60-1 odds. 

During this economy that win would have been a nice welcome. Then again, I could have been the one that brought Kenny bad luck by betting on him!

Congratulations to Angel Cabrera for hanging tough and getting it done when he was struggling also with the pressure that comes with the Masters. 

Just about the only two that did not struggle with the pressure on Sunday was the world’s number one and two. 

Phil and Tiger put on a show, and both made a very nice Sunday run which probably added to the leaders pressure.

I would also like to take this moment to thank Gary Player for the memories. 

A classy man and a great golfer, the Black Knight is easily one of the top ten golfers of all time. Thanks for 52 Masters, Gary.

The Masters, it’s in a league of it's own.