At the end of the day

April, 8, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Trevor Immelman left the courtesy car, driven by a man who looked like his dad, and headed toward the Champions Locker Room. In 2008, he won this tournament.

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Trevor Immelman
David Cannon/Getty ImagesTrevor Immelman is at 2-under par heading into Saturday.

"I'm just gonna change my shoes," he said. "You want a drink?"

"Water," the woman in the back said.

The car pulled up to the green awning at Founder's Circle and soon, Trevor came down, water bottles in hand.

"You back tomorrow?" a security guard asked.

Trevor nodded yes. He was 2-under.

"Good, good, good," the security guard said.

Trevor Immelman climbed in the passenger seat and rode down the shaded Magnolia Lane, a long way back but still in the game. He seemed relaxed. At ease. He's won his Masters and will come back to this clubhouse long after his young kids have kids of their own.


A few hours later, Rory McIlroy and Jay Day walked out of Butler Cabin, not far apart but absolutely not together. One of them might be the next Immelman. McIlroy is 10-under. Day stood two strokes behind. Headed into the weekend, they are one-two in the Masters, with 36 holes between them and a future with a much different trajectory. They didn't speak. They were just feet away. Finally, as the carts began to move, a little smile. But that was it.

They would see plenty of each other tomorrow.

Wright Thompson | email

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
Wright Thompson (@wrightthompson) is a senior writer for and The Magazine. He has been featured in seven editions of Best American Sports Writing and lives in Oxford, Mississippi.




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