Wow, what a day. This was, by far, the best moving day I have seen at the Masters! It was incredible that 3 players shot 64 (tournament record) and none are leading the tournament. Tony Finau had a chance to easily tie the course record but could not make it happen after an opening 30 on the front nine. With all the low scores, moving day took on a whole new meaning!
I was very surprised to see what happened yesterday. I figured that all the major winners would dominate the day, but I was mistaken. Obviously, Tony Finau is the first example of how a phenomenal round changes the landscape of any leaderboard. Webb Simpson jumped 24 positions to be tied for 5th heading into days round. This is exactly why we should never count out anyone!
Many pundits focused on Tiger Woods 67 yesterday. He looked like the Tiger of old and demonstrated that he is ready to win another Major. I actually did not think this was possible a few years ago, but it goes to show that he is truly one of the best ever to play the game. He will definitely be in the mix all day today and will be very tough to beat. However, he needs to have a quick start. I do not think waiting for others to make a mistake will be strategy of choice.
I think it would be folly to over look Francesco Molinari. One of the 54 hole leaders, he responded to the field by shooting a 6 under 66. He was very solid down the stretch and demonstrated that he is ready to win another Major. He does not make many mistakes and will be very tough to beat. If he shoots a 69 today, he will be meeting Patrick Reed in Butler’s Cabin to receive his first green jacket.
I am remiss to try and pick a winner. My heart and mind are in conflict. It would be epic for Tiger Woods to win his 5th green jacket and even the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus, thinks so:
I cannot even go out on a limb to pick a winner. The variables are too great and the field too strong. However, if forced to choose…..I will go with Molinari. He is the most consistent player right now and unless something crazy happens, he will win the green jacket.
I cannot sign off today’s article without congratulating Corry Connors (Canadian) for playing very well at his first Masters. And lead amateaur Viktor Hovland currently sitting at minus 2. Both are having the time of their lives and deserve a mention.
Moving day at The Masters is suppose to be exciting; but this year the field out did itself. The number of players who broke par was amazing, but Patrick Cantlay’s 35 position jump was by far the best. Congrats to all the players for putting on a first-rate demonstration of how golf can be played.
What did you think of Moving Day at The Masters?