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Mark Calcavecchia makes it to the Masters

Mark Calcavecchia's final hole of the CA Championship was a complete disaster.

He hooked his second shot into the water, putted another ball into the drink later on, and wound up taking a quadruple-bogey 8 on the par-4 hole to finish a round of 5-over 77 at Doral.

Somehow, he could laugh about it afterward.

"You know what? This is the best I've ever felt after an 8 in my life," Calcavecchia said. "I just checked the purse breakdown. It was only like a $12,000 dump for a quad. ... I'm ready to celebrate."

With good reason, too -- because he's headed back to the Masters.

Calcavecchia, the PODS Championship winner two weeks ago, earned $63,000 this week, pushing his season winnings to $1,417,408 -- good for ninth on the money list, earning him a trip to Augusta National. He needed to be among the top 10 to get back there for the 17th time, and made it with $174,811 to spare.

"It's everybody's goal," Calcavecchia said. "So I'm happy."

He was planning to spend Masters week at home in Arizona with the kids, being "Superdad," he said. Now the family will be driving to Augusta, even bringing their dogs along for the journey.

"Last time I was there I shot about 80-79 or something," Calcavecchia said. "I'll be happy when I get there. I always say it's my favorite place to get to and my favorite place to leave. That's about the best I can say for that joint, especially now."

Mark Wilson, meanwhile, saw his Masters hopes dashed for another year.

Wilson won the Honda Classic earlier this season, creating a chance that he could qualify for his first trip to Augusta. But he shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday, finished the tournament at 1 over, and missed the top-10 money earner's club by $127,756.

"I came out wanting to play well today and I did," Wilson said. "And this isn't the last Masters that's ever going to be played. I'm off to a good start for next year."

He made a run at getting there Sunday. When Wilson was through 16 holes, Geoff Ogilvy was through seven, and based on where they would finish at that point the projected gap between them for 10th on the money list had narrowed to $9,839.

But Wilson -- who has already surpassed his best single-season earnings total on tour -- got no closer.

 

 




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