Trevor Tames TigerPosted: April 13, 2008
At gusty Augusta, Trevor Immelman tamed the Tiger, never let him get within stalking distance.
Tiger Woods was the overwhelming favorite to win the Masters; even money against the field going in according to one Vegas sheet. Immelman? Not exactly a household name or the trendy choice. He had about as much chance of winning the Masters as John Daly has of passing up the next beer.
Immelman, a native of South Africa, faced different kind of odds last December when he was forced to withdraw from the South African Airways Open due to discomfort around the ribcage area. He went into surgery, and doctors discovered a lesion approximately the size of a golf ball on his diaphragm. It was diagnosed as a calcified fibrosis tumor. After more tests they discovered that it was benign.
He missed the first eight weeks of the 2008 PGA Tour season.
As for Tiger, he remains tied with Arnold Palmer with four Masters titles, two behind Jack Nicklaus, who won six and finished second four times. Jimmy Demaret, Nick Faldo, Gary Player and Sam Snead each won three green jackets.
Ten others, including Homer Smith, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson, won three championships. Homer Smith, not exactly a household name either, won the first Masters in 1934.