AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 10: Bo Van Pelt chats with his caddie Mark Chaney on the first hole during the final round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia. Van Pelt finished tied for eight place. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
What a weekend we have had! Oklahoma State golf has been well represented at Augusta all week with four former or current Cowboy golfers making up the 99 player field. OSU has another top ten representative to be proud of for a third consecutive year. We've learned a lot these last few days, how to pick up hot, newly divorced Swedes, how to make disgusting alcoholic beverages named for touring golf professionals, why we do not pick up strange honey badgers off the ground..they will bite you..., and we have grown as human beings since watching televised golf makes you smarter, like listening to classical music. It's a proven fact.
South African golfer Charl Schwartzel stole the tournament by birding the last four holes of the fourth round. The last five holes were exciting as it looked like several golfers including Bo Van Pelt, Adam Scott, Jason Day, K.J. Choi, could have claimed the lead as the day drew to a close. Alas, Schwartzel was the only one who could answer the call as he charged the last part of the tournament to go -14 under and win the 75th playing of the Masters outright.
Former Oklahoma State golfer and Tulsa resident Bo Van Pelt had an amazing back nine this afternoon with two eagles in three holes. He lost 2 shots on the day to finish -8 under, and 6 strokes behind the eventual winner. Van Pelt makes the third consecutive OSU golfer to make the top ten in the Masters (Hunter Mahan had top tens in '10 and '09). Mahan won $225,000 dollars last year for 8th place, so Van Pelt's weekend earnings will be comparable. For each eagle made, Bo will win a pair of crystal goblets. So be on the lookout for Masters stemware at swanky Tulsa area pawnshops.
After the jump are the scores for the other featured participants, and we will say farewell to a
valued CRFF mascot.
Three day leader Rory McIlrory played the part of the choke artist this year. He fell to pieces on the Amen Corner holes of 10, 11, and, 12. and dropped back from -11 to -4 under. Tiger acted like he wanted to win his first major in three years, but fell short going in shooting a -10 under. Phil Mickelson gained two shots to finish -1 under and lose his title as reigning Masters champion. Former State golfer Rickie Fowler also gained 2 shots to finish +1 over for the tournament.
It is with much indifference and feigned regret that Yachoff says goodbye to "Augusto, the Rabid Masters Honey Badger". Augusto must go back to living below Augusta's 12th hole green. Truthfully, we all wanted the gofer from "Caddyshack", but could not secure the rights. Augusto was a last minute sub. Unfortunately, we may see him back next year during Masters coverage to add virtually nothing to these posts. Hopefully our squirrel friend will be joined by Cowboy golfers: Van Pelt, Fowler, Mahan, Scott Verplank, Charles Howell III, and Peter Uihlein. Stay tuned this summer for more Oklahoma State golf coverage at major PGA tournaments.