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April 8, 2007
Your new Masters champion....
Okay, I admit it, I didn't think the kid could do it. Playing in only his third Masters, Zach Johnson showed the nerves of a grizzled veteran, especially down the stretch. It was an impressive performance on a wild final day at Augusta. Of the three Masters I covered, it was certainly the craziest, with all the lead changes and all the movement on the leaderboard.
It was really surprising to see so much action considering how tough the course played the first three days because of the harsh conditions. It was great to see the last day fireworks, just like I did predict this morning, and to see a new player emerge.
Tiger is a great champion but he didn't deserve to win today. Zach Johnson was the best player over the four rounds and he is a worthy champion. He comes from the same high school in Iowa as former Rams quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner. Masters champion and Super Bowl MVP, pretty interesting reunion huh?
He seems like a nice guy too. He got very emotional in the media room, talking about the win, his career and his family. He seems like a devoted family guy, and seems to genuinely love his wife and infant son. His son is a little older than my son Shaun was last year at this time when I came back to cover the tournament.
Speaking of my son, as fun as the tournament is, I look forward to getting home and giving the little guy a big hug. My wife tells me he keeps pointing at my photo and saying da-da.
There have been a lot of memorable moments this week. The tournament is simply the best event in sports. It's an honor to get a chance to be here in person and hopefully my excitement adds to your enjoyment as well.
Guess that's it from Augusta.
This golf blog is now a regular part of our web site so I hope you will check it out and give me some feedback