What did I learn today about golf from watching Day 1 of The Masters? It sometimes is very difficult to see if there was any benefit or lessons learned from watching the Masters. But, this year I believe that watching the roller coaster ride of some of the players I have a couple of take aways from Day 1.
I am not sure if you watched all of today’s round, but I did not. I was at work, so I caught snippets from time to time, reviewed the usual sites when I came home and that was enough to make a few observations. Not surprisingly, there really was nothing unusual that will shock anyone….or was there!
First and foremost was the Honorary Tee off. I am a huge fan of this particular tradition and hope it continues. It helps have Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer as the focal point to start The Masters and at least for now, it is a highlight for me.
Jordan Spieth, at least on Day 1, showed up to play some awesome golf. He has struggled of late, but by his own admission, he putted very well yesterday. Could this be another wire to wire victory? I am sure Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose have something to say about that!
There is no age restriction for playing great golf! Bernhard Langer (58) shot an even par 72 and Tom Watson (66) shot a 2 over 74. As I creep up in age, I was encouraged that great golf can still be play at any age! So far, the early prediction at Bernhard Langer would shoot the lowest score of aging champions is holding!
Lastly, at any time, on any hole, good or bad things can happen. There were 6 eagles, several chip ins, a few triples, a 7-putt. All these high/low lights were great, but the main take away for me was how important an awesome short game is to low golf scores.
Jordan Spieth only hit 12 / 18 = 66.67% greens in regulation, yet tied for first in putting at 1.39 putts per hole! His was the only bogey free round! His 6 under par score is very impressive and I use him as an example of how important the short game is in golf. So much so, that this year, I am going to dedicate more time practicing my short game to lower my golf scores!
Day 1 of The Masters was very entertaining. There were a few lessons learned today and I am ready to see if my observations hold up for tomorrow. As Day 2 unfolds, I expect some movement on the leaderboard and the player that will move the most is Danny Willett! He posted a good score on Day 1 and I think he is ready to close the gap on Jordan Spieth!
What do you think? Who do you will make the biggest move up the leaderboard?
I am a grateful golfer! I am enjoying The Masters!