Some thoughts on the 2016 Masters, in no particular order. I’ll add more as I think of them (and please add your own in the comments!).
Congratulations to Danny Willett. I think he snuck up on all of us. Did anyone have him in their picks?
Willett is just the second English winner. The only other was Nick Faldo, owner of three Masters Championships (1989, 1990, 1996).
In retrospect, it is surprising that Spieth got as close as he did. It was clear that he did not have his A game. He may not even have had his B game. And yet, somehow, he kept the lead on Friday and Saturday, and throughout most of Sunday. He truly plays a different game than the rest of the field.
In doing the interview afterwards, and at the Butler Cabin, Jordan Spieth showed incredible composure. Even more reasons to like the guy. It had to be brutal to put the jacket on another guy after such a collapse.
It was sad to see Bernhard Langer fall out of contention. It had to happen, though. He was giving up too many yards to the young guys.
The real winner this weekend was Augusta National. Just six players finished in red numbers. About halfway through the final round a friend — who is new to the game — sent me this text (over a couple of messages, actually): “Something about golf that I don’t get. If 120 of 146 rounds were above par by the best golfers in the world, don’t they need to adjust what par is?”
I don’t like the talk that Jordan Spieth “lost” this Masters. Willett won it by getting into position, then playing steady golf at the end when the pressure was highest.