Day one of the Masters is over. All the pundits are frantically justifying why their pick is not at the top of the leaderboard. They are talking about the wind, the pressure, their starting position, nagging injuries, etc, etc, etc. The performance of any professional during the Masters will vary depending on an infinite number of reasons. But, there was always one factor that never changes!
Before I go into the one constant of the Masters, I thought I would share some interesting highlights of the 2014 first round. Interestingly, it was what everyone expected and it was nothing like anyone expected. Here is what I found interesting:
- Bill Haas is at the top of the leaderboard;
- Bubba Watson was the only player to have a bogey free round;
- Phil Mickelson had a double-bogey and a triple bogey;
- Fred Couples is at -1;
- Bernhard Langer is 56 years old and shot even par;
- Top Amateur is Matthew Fitzpatrick (youngest in the field) +4;
- Jack Nicklaus is still the greatest; and
- The images at this link are excellent – Thanks PGA!
Back to the original point – the one constant of all the Masters is the course! Golf monthly has a great overview of each hole that is worth checking out. However, that is not what I noticed.
As I watched the players navigate around the course, not one of them had a flat lie. Not one! In the fairway, the ball was above or below their feet. The hazards on the course are sculpted perfectly. The announcers constantly talked about the quick breaks and how important it is to be on the right side of the hole! The course is a monster and course management will be the deciding factor to who wins this weekend! Augusta National Golf Course is truly a gem and the next three rounds are going to be exciting.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links…..soon!