Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - You have to give the Masters credit for rarely disappointing.
They say there's nothing better in golf than the back nine of the Masters on Sunday. And they say that for good reason because there is nothing better. And it isn't braggin' if you can back it up, and they always back it up.
Sunday proved that yet again when Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera hooked up in a doozy of a playoff.
It looked like Scott had locked up the green jacket on his final hole of regulation; and then Cabrera took the breath away from everybody when he stuffed his approach to force the playoff.
Then it looked like the Argentine had it won when his chip from right off the 18th green on the first playoff hole seemed destined to drop. But it just missed.
Then, on the second playoff hole, Cabrera's birdie putt looked perfect until it veered off right at the cup, setting the stage for Scott.
And all he does is put his 12-footer for the win in the middle of the cup. Tournament over.
The first win for an Australian. A win for the ages, really, because Scott had come so close before and always walked away empty (remember his collapse at the British Open last year?).
Unfortunately, as always seems to be the case, Tiger Woods stole a big part of the show.
After he got busted for his incorrect drop in Friday's second round, many called for him to disqualify himself from the tournament for signing an incorrect scorecard. You know, like many golfers have done before him when they find out they weren't playing by the rules.
Well, there was a better chance of Martha Burke being in the final group Sunday than Tiger pulling out of the Masters.
All you had to do was look at Woods on Saturday and Sunday and you could picture what he was thinking:
"I must win and I must beat Jack's record. I don't care about the rules; they don't apply to me because I'm Tiger Woods."
Imagine what he would have done for his soiled image if he'd actually withdrawn? How much better he would have made himself look?
Instead, Tiger got a slap on the wrist - a two-shot penalty and we were told by CBS and Jim Nantz that it was just an honest mistake by the great Mr. Woods and we shouldn't worry about it.
Not quite. The rule he broke is common knowledge among the pros (and if not the pros, a pro's caddy, you like to think, would at least know them) and surely he knew it, too.
Alas, Tiger didn't lose by one stroke, which would have been fitting considering the two-shot penalty; he lost by four and now hasn't won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open.
Oh, well, few will lose any sleep over his drought.
Although it was really funny, well, sad, to hear the CBS crew go breathless when Woods got to 4-under through 13 holes. It didn't matter that he was still four shots back of Cabrera at the time, Tiger was making a charge and don't touch your remote.
While the whole Mr. Woods saga was uncool, it was really cool to see Scott win and to win with Tiger's old, fired caddie, Stevie Williams, carrying Scott's bag. Tell me Stevie didn't have a chuckle or two Sunday night over that whole deal. Maybe three chuckles.
In the end, Scott and Cabrera saved the day. Both are likable; heck, Cabrera swings like we do, albeit with better results, and both like each other. They made for great theater, theater Augusta provides year after year.
No offense to the U.S. Open, the British Open and PGA Championship, but you're not even close to what happens in early April in Georgia. Frankly, I can't wait for the next one.
Drew Markol has been a sportswriter and columnist for several Philadelphia- area newspapers for over 25 years.