Augusta, GA - Neither wind nor pressure could pull the
green jacket off Trevor Immelman's back.
The South African has won the Masters with relative ease,
completing a wire-to-wire victory for his first Major title.
Immelman closed with a 3-over 75 following three straight rounds
under 70, leaving him three shots ahead of Tiger Woods.
Immelman's victory comes four months after he had a tumor
removed from his back, and a year after he was stricken with a
stomach parasite at the previous Masters. He entered the final
round with a two-shot lead before expanding his cushion while he
and the rest of the field battled 30-mile-an-hour winds.
Immelman was as many as six shots ahead in the final round
before a double-bogey on the par-3 16 made things interesting. He
closed with back-to-back pars to finish 8-under for the tournament.
Woods never made a serious charge, carding three birdies and
three bogeys for a 72 that left him at minus-5.
Brandt Snedeker finished in a tie for third with
Stewart Cink after entering the fourth round alone in
second. Snedeker took himself out of contention with five bogeys on
the front nine before completing a 77 for a 4-under total.
Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington finished in a fifth-place
tie at 2-under.