Some expected a circus. Instead, golf fans were treated to a great tournament, highlighted by remarkable shots from all over the course.
In the end, Phil Mickelson donned the green jacket for a third time. He fired a 5-under, 67 on Sunday to pull away from a star-studded logjam atop the leaderboard.
As for the circus’ main attraction, Tiger Woods finished in fourth, thanks to a misbehaving driver and putter. When asked if his standards of success were different in his return to golf after 144 days away, Woods replied, “I entered this event and I enter events to win,” he said. “I didn’t get that done.”
He did, however, earn a cool $330,000 for tying with K.J. Choi at 11-under. Mickelson snatched up $1,350,000.
By all accounts, the heckling of Woods that was expected was kept to a minimum, although security guards were quick to pounce any wayward comment from patrons. And, of course, there was infamous airplane banners, which flew above Augusta on Thursday. That