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!