The Masters – The Final Round

Moving day did not disappoint any golfing fans. The strong play of Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler moved these players into contention for the green jacket. The media coverage of these players overshadowed the play of Lee Westwood, Charles Schwartzel, Brendt Snedeker and Jason Day; but such is the life of players too far back to be considered a threat. With dramatics ever-present at The Masters, no lead is safe; one mistake can cost you the lead and a chance at the big prize.

The final round is always exciting at Augusta National. As stated previously, anyone within 5 strokes has a chance to win. Today, there are 10 players within striking distance and Rory McIlroy is within 6 strokes. Anything can happen today, it will be exciting to see how things unfold.

The last round media focus will be on Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth. Proven competitors, all but Garcia have won a Major. I think Garcia will be a fan favorite because of his relationship with his mentor Seve Ballesteros who turns 60 today; this might work in Garcia’s favor to give him an emotional edge. It is really hard to tell how Garcia will play given his past, but he is my pick to win.

It is interesting that Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia will be playing in the final group. A quick poll indicated that Jordan Spieth  is the fan favorite. At the time I wrote this article, he was at 65%. I guess he will not break the record of being in the last group of the Maters for the 4th straight year.

However, there is one player that most pundits are overlooking. Ryan Moore is a steady player with the ability to get very hot. His putting of late is very strong and this will be the key to winning today. If he closes the gap quickly, he just might be the player to beat.

This year’s final round will hold a something special for the players. Augusta National has been very gentle over the past 3 rounds. The near tornado at the beginning of the week and the buckets of rain soften the course, but after two days of sun, things are drying out. The greens will be faster, if that is possible, landing areas harder, and pin placements tougher; Augusta National will be back to her old self and aggressive players better be wary of her bite!

The Masters is always entertaining. This year’s event is no different. As the rounds unfold today, it will be interesting to watch which players has the fortitude to survive the immense pressure of the course, players and fans. I cannot even guess about who will rise to the top, but not matter who it is, I will be watching.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

6 thoughts on “The Masters – The Final Round

  1. Jim, Garcia is the only player in the field with three straight rounds under par. Truly amazing for a guy that doesn’t putt that well. Is this the year for him? I think it would be a mistake for him to focus on the distraction of the enormity of the Seve thing. If anyone in the field needs to focus on one shot at a time, it’s him. But at the end of the day, I can’t see his putter holding up under final round pressure and think it will come down to Fowler vs Spieth. Either way, we are in for a treat. Enjoy!

    Brian

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    • Brian

      So many strong players in the mix. I agree that his putter is his weak aspect of Sergio’s game, but maybe the emotional boost from Seve will help him remained charged for the entire 18 holes. It is funny how no one is focused on Charley Hoffman anymore. This might work in his favour. We shall see – stay tuned for some great golf.

      Cheers
      Jim

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  2. I really can’t say I have a favorite among the group playing. Any one of them can do the job and will deserve the jacket if they come out on top. This has been some tough golfing weather for them to play in and they are all deserving. That said, a Garcia win would be a nice thing to see. But truth be known, I would prefer to see a miracle and have Couples come from behind. But that is mostly just because he and I are the same age. I read an article on golf digest that gave 26 facts on him after day two completed. Here they are:

    A) He’s 57 years old.

    B) He’s only an occasional player on the PGA Tour Champions (7 starts since 2016).

    C) He couldn’t play in last year’s Masters because of his balky back.

    D) It’s the 14th time in 32 Masters starts that he’s been in the top 10 after 36 holes.

    E) It’s the sixth time that he’s been in the top 10 after 36 holes since he turned 50.

    F) He’s celebrating the 25th anniversary of his lone Masters win.

    G) Nine players in the field weren’t born when Couples won in 1992.

    H) One of those players is the guy he’ll tee it up with in the third round, Jon Rahm.

    I) Couples has played 120 rounds in the Masters. Rahm has played 60 rounds … as a professional golfer.

    J) He’s been in the top 10 after a round at the Masters 43 times during his career.

    K) The four golfers tied for the lead (Charley Hoffman, Sergio Garcia, Thomas Pieters and Rickie Fowler) have been in the top 10 after a round at the Masters only 29 times combined.

    L) He now has 56 sub-par rounds in the Masters.

    M) The four golfers tied for the lead have 39 sub-par rounds in the Masters combined

    N) He pulled off this shot on the 18th hole to cap his second-round 70.

    O) He complained last Sunday that his game was in rough shape after he played in a member-guest event at the Madison Club in California.

    P) He was so concerned about his swing that he had his instructor, Paul Marchand, following him throughout his practice rounds.

    Q) He’s T-4 in driving accuracy for the week (23 of 28).

    R) He’s T-6 in greens in regulation for the week (25 of 36).

    S) He’s T-1 in birdies on par 4s for the week (5, tied with Adam Scott).

    T) He’s 52nd in driving distance (267.4 yards).

    U) His career scoring average at the Masters entering the week (71.98) has been lowered with his one-under 143.

    V) He beat reigning Masters champion Danny Willett this week.

    W) He beat two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson this week.

    X) He beat PGA Tour Champions nemesis Bernard Langer this week.

    Y) He beat every other Masters champion in the field this week.

    Z) He’s 57 years old.

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    • Kevin

      That is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I too hope Freddie pulls off a miracle, but I not sure that enough players will play poor enough for that to happen. Sergio would be a good emotional winner, but I am still pulling for Rory to do some magic. He will have to shoot 64 to have a chance. Regardless, I will be watching.

      Cheers
      Jim

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