The Final Leg for The Claret Jug

Courtesy of TheOpen.com

That was the best golf I have seen at a Major on day 3 in years. Who would have predicted that there would be three tied at the top of the leaderboard with 9 players within 4 strokes. Given the action on Moving Day, I would say that they and probably others are in the hunt for the Claret Jug! Continue reading

US Open Final Thoughts

Congratulations to Brooks Keopka for winning the 117th US Open. The final round was very exciting with many charges up the leaderboard. None more exciting than
Hideki Matsuyama. Early in the club house at minus 12 added a pinch of excitement for the viewers. The final round was by far the most exciting of the four rounds. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

The Masters – Super Sunday

mastersCongratulations to Bubba Watson for his commanding win at the 2014 Masters.  He joins an élite group of 16 other green jacket winners!

Unfortunately, unlike other golfing pundits, I would not rate this year’s final round as exciting as years past. There were no late charges, no last minute collapses, no dramatic shots from out of the cabbage (OK this one might be a stretch) or no misinterpretation of the rules!  I am sure others are going through their Rolodex of events to call me crazy, but maybe…wait, in need help, I have fallen into the Masters media hype!

All joking aside, the 2014 Masters did live up to its billing.  We were witness to many position changes, notable players missing the cut, many first-time Masters players performing very well, and many senior players standing up to be counted. All the players navigated Augusta National to the best of their abilities against a monster of a course.

Bubba Watson did exactly what any 54-hole leader should do; he shot -3 and took the green jacket.  He did not panic, made some great shots, putted well and stayed composed through his 5 hours on the links.  Augusta National tried to put pressure on Watson; however on the final day, the course was the only one.  Watson responded by making the right shot at the right time – fantastic Bubba Watson style course management!

Jordan Spieth played well. It is difficult playing in the last group of any Major. The pressure of playing in the last group on the final day of the Masters is unimaginable to an amateur. His composure is noteworthy. Unfortunately, he could not capitalize on his many opportunities to apply pressure on Watson during the back nine. Regardless, he finished tied for second (with another Masters first-timer) and will be a player to watch in the future!

Other players shot low scores on the last day, but were too far back to apply any pressure on the leaders. Players like Joost Luiten had the low round of the day of -5; Stewart Cink shot -4; Rory McIlroy and Bernhard Langer shot -3; all were great rounds and they should be commended for their performance, however it was a case of to little too late.

Overall, it was an exciting four days. This years Masters is in the books and we all look forward to next April.

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