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Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Adam Scott finally brings home a green jacket for Australia. The same green jacket that eluded the great Greg Norman during his career. Norman is the great Australian golfer who was idolized by many in his country. The Masters last Sunday ended in a two-hole playoff won by Adam Scott over Angel Cabrera. The fact that Scott thought he had won it in regulation after sinking a 20-foot putt on 18 is what makes the Masters the Masters.

Cabrera, on hole 18, hits a shot three feet from the hole and sinks the putt and forces a playoff. Nothing ever comes easy for the Aussies! Heartbreak again? Scott said, not this time! He holed out a 12-footer for victory and won his first masters and his first major golf tournament. Jason Day, also an Aussie, was in the hunt also, but bogeys on 16 and 17 eliminated him from contention.

I thought Tiger Woods played awesome golf and finished fourth. Tiger’s quest for a major falls just short. Tiger was involved in a twostroke penalty after a bad drop and those two strokes hurt his chances for victory. The main question is, why wasn’t he disqualified for signing a, illegal scorecard? The answer, is Tiger Woods equals ratings on Sunday afternoon. I believe nobody on the PGA Tour would have been disqualified! I am just saying.

How about the play of the 14- year-old kid Guan from China? He was the low amateur for the weekend and made the cut even! A 14- year-old kid in the eighth grade. Are you kidding me? What an accomplishment by this youngster. The Masters was awesome watching Sunday and I enjoyed it tremendously! I’m already looking forward to the next major! Will Tiger finally end the drought? We shall see.

Wheeled Wings

The Detroit Red Wings are in a serious dog fight for the final playoff spot. A huge win last night (Sunday) 3-0 over Nashville, pulled Detroit into a tie for the last spot in the Western Conference. Detroit has a 21-year consecutive playoff streak on the line here in this strikeshortened season. I hope they can make it 22 years in a row. Let’s be brutally honest, though, the chances of the Red Wings hoisting the Stanley Cup are not very good. The positive side is the eight seed in hockey can eliminate the one seed, as it’s been done before. Can Detroit defeat the Blackhawks in a seven-game series if that’s the match up? Heck, yes, they can! Remember when the the number eight seed

Edmonton went to the Stanley Cup? I sure do! The bottom line is, get in and anything can happen. All Red Wing fans must remember this is a young hockey team and playoff experience this season will only help this hockey team for the future. I like this young Red Wings hockey team actually and next year they will be back atop the Eastern Conference standings. No more Western Conference after this year! A loud cheer for that ! No more late night West Coast hockey!

Motown Cats

The Detroit Tigers are ripping the cover off the baseball so far here to start off the baseball season. The bats of Prince Fielder, Miggy Cabrera, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter are off to tremendous years at the plate. How good does the acquisition of Torii Hunter look to all you Tigers fans? Pretty darned good, I say. He has come over here from the Angels and delivered hitting out of the number-two hole. Keep up the good work, Mr. Hunter.

The bullpen has been shaky and I am being kind using the word shaky. I could use much stronger words, but this is a family paper. The starting pitching has been outstanding, but we all thought it would be. Annibal Sanchez has looked the best, in my opinion. I sure am glad he decided to stay in Detroit.

Sports cakes: Trey Burke has announced he is leaving Ann Arbor for the NBA. It was expected and in my opinion, he had to go. He will be a top-five pick and will make a ton of dollars. thefatguy@mihomeaper.com

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