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A few ruminations from the Cathedral of Pines

So Charl Schwartzel of South Africa is your Masters champion, winning on the exact date fellow South African Gary Player donned the green coat 50 years ago. Your instant karma for today.

Elsewhere ...

* Every year there's an oh-I-can't-look moment at the Masters, and this year, all those moments belonged to young Rory McIlroy. Watching him blow up to an 80 with the tournament on his racquet after 54 holes was one of the most painful things I've ever witnessed. It's also what makes the last nine holes of the Masters such compelling viewing, and once more proves what Sports Illustrated and golf writer icon Dan Jenkins once said: The Masters doesn't begin until the back nine on Sunday.

* That said ... if the class and poise with which McIlroy handled his post-round interview is any indication, the game is in good hands indeed. Never saw anyone in his position behave better.

* The good news for Tiger Woods: He was in the hunt again in the last round of a major. The bad news: His putter is still a shaky instrument.

* Loved the way Schwartzel won this thing. So often the Masters comes down to who loses it the least; this time Schwartzel went out and grabbed it by the throat, shooting the low round of the day (66) and making birdies on the last four holes.

Strong.

* Not a good day for domestic golf. Tiger was the only American on the leader board at the end. The good news: Only people who care more about provincialism than good golf care about this.

Ben Smith's blog.

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