( dpa ) - Trevor Immelman has always idolized his countryman Gary Player. Now he has something in common with the "Black Knight" - a green jacket.
Four months after having a benign tumor removed from his diaphragm, the 28-year-old joined Player and became the second South African to win The Masters.
"It's just a dream come true," Immelman said.
"This tournament is such a big deal down in South Africa. We grow up idolizing this event. Kids dream about winning this tournament, just like I did. It's still hard to believe I'm sitting here."
Starting the day with a two-shot lead, Immelman blinked a bit but never seriously stumbled. With a final-round 75, he never fell out of the lead and captured the championship with a tournament score of 8- under-par 280.
On a bright, blustery day, conditions were especially difficult at Augusta National. Last year, when Zach Johnson captured the crown, it was suggested that the golf course played like a US Open. But there were 13 subpar scores in the final round in 2007. This time, there were only four.