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261. The 2008 Masters
Thirty years ago golf legend Gary Player, now
, won his third and last Masters tournament in
, Georgia. Yesterday, a second golfer from South Africa
the Masters. “Finally!” said Gary, proudly.
, was cool and very windy. Only nine of
45 golfers managed to shoot par or better.
Immelman, 28, struggled throughout the day. But he
to maintain his lead, finally beating Tiger Woods
three strokes. Tiger finished in second place for
third year in a row.
Trevor was PGA
of the Year in 2006. But since 2006
had won only one PGA tournament. He missed
first two months of the 2008 golf season
surgeons removed a benign tumor on his diaphragm.
tumor, coincidentally, was the size of a golf
. Trevor played poorly in the tournaments he entered
recovering from the surgery.
In the Houston tournament
one week before the Masters, Trevor missed the
. In professional golf tournaments, the cut occurs after
first 36 holes. Half the golfers—the ones with
worst scores—are dropped from the tournament. They earn
In Britain, where bookies always post the
for the Masters, Trevor was a long shot.
anyone who bet $10 on him before Thursday
have won $800 on Sunday. In two weeks,
had gone from worst to first—from failing to
a dime in Texas to wearing the prized
jacket in Georgia (and $1.35 million). When asked
contributed most to his victory, Trevor said it
’t have been possible without his parents’ loving support
his years as a junior golfer.