The 28-year-old South African tapped in his winning putt to hold off runner-up Tiger Woods at about 2:30 a.m.'after most people, and papers, went to bed.
Still, the Johannesburg daily The Citizen led its front page with the headline Super Immelman wins Masters. The Cape Times, near Immelmans hometown of Somerset West, also found space on its front page.
But The Star in Johannesburg led with a robbery in the citys high court buildings, relegating Immelman to a front-page anchor piece headlined Immelman masters art of taming Tiger. The Pretoria News carried a local cricket story on its front page.
Immelman lives in Florida, but he is a two-time champion of the South African Open. His last victory before the Masters came in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City last November.
Some in South Africa are awaiting his triumphant return.
I am going to strongly recommend a civic reception hosted by the city, Cape Town mayoral committee member Simon Grindrod said. Our champion golfer must come and show off his green jacket to his proud fellow Capetonians.