Closers at The Masters
Closers at The Masters:
The brilliance of Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera, on the last set of holes, and into the playoff, was as exhilarating, and as near perfection, as any of the historic finishes at The Masters .
The champion, Adam Scott, was known best for his crushing defeat at The British in 2012, but on this day he was a closer, he seized the moment, hit some remarkable shots and ran in some emotion- packed putts to prevail. His playoff partner, Angel Cabrera, was truly gallant, reminiscent of his dual with Kenny Perry in 2009, when he claimed the green jacket for himself.
And, how about the champion running in the putts on 18 and 10, and showing the doubting pundits that he could find his footing on the most uneven of terrains. That he was more than a fashion model! More than a too-cool jet setter! More than the most eligible! He was a closer.
As a reminder, Closers love the action when everything is on the line. When it’s most challenging. Like standing on the 11th tee at Augusta while in contention.
Scott McCarron shares some up-close observations gleaned from his week-long on course commentary, following leading groups for Direct TV. In addition to the leaders on Sunday, among his favorite groups, was the pairing of Ben Crenshaw, Mateo Manaserra, the young, brilliant Italian, and Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese wonder.
McCarron marveled at the quiet dignity with which Tianlang, responded to his slow play penalty. And that he displayed a game that will stand the test of time.
On Sunday, he was amazed by the flow of conversation between Cabrera and his caddie (son) and that with the ball. Cabrera seemed to talk into his address position and to the ball throughout its flight. Scott is not bilingual, but the messages Cabrera sent were eloquently clear. The rhythm and tempo of his talk were a measure of the rhythm and tempo of his swing, all day.
Tiger Woods: Yea or Nay
Competition the way it’s meant to be.
Back to the drama of the playoff and Adam Scott’s very popular win. A Continent relieved! And then, it was drinking-in the potent blend of intense competition and respect brewed by Scott and Cabrera during their playoff. No holds barred there! Total engagement in each shot. Arms locked around each other. Closers both! That’s as good as it gets!