Masters Final Results and Thoughts - 2014

A few thoughts on the Masters … in no particular order.

First, congratulations to Bubba Watson.

Bubba is a bit of of a golfing savant. He’s sort of the anti-Tiger. Whereas Tiger’s play has become increasingly mechanical and scientific in the pursuit of the perfect swing, Bubba seems to just imagine shots and executes them. He has a swing that no one would ever be able to emulate. It’s refreshing.

And my goodness, does Bubba hit it long. Remember when the talk was of Tiger proofing Augusta? When he wants to, Bubba hits it fifty yards longer than Tiger in his prime. They’re going to need to Bubba-proof Augusta.

For all the talk about his maturity, Spieth had a bit of a meltdown when things started going wrong—slamming clubs into the ground and whatnot. But what do you expect. He’s twenty, and a year ago was an amateur, and there he was on golf’s biggest stage. He’ll be back, assuming the accelerated pace hasn’t ruined him like a child pop star.

Rick Fowler (now that he has a haircut and no longer looks like a boy band wannabe, you can’t call him Rickie any more) took another step toward the greatness many have predicted.  The T5 was his best finish in a Major. He’ll have his Major soon.

Rory McIlroy seems to still be be figuring thing out. He finished with a 69 and a T8, but that’s well below what the hype surrounding him would predict.

Miguel Angel Jimenez’ fourth place finish was excellent for a guy who joins the Senior Tour next week. Ageless Bernhard Langer finished eighth with McIlroy, John Senden, Kevin Stadler and Jimmy Walker. But Fred Couples fell to T20. Still, that’s not bad for a 54-year-old. Lots of guys half his age didn’t make the cut.

Amen Corner once again showed why it deserves its reputation.

I am continually amazed at the evil genius of Augusta’s greens. A foot’s difference in the landing zone separates a birdie from a bogey in a way that no other course seems to be able to duplicate.

The carnage at the cut this year amazed me. So many of the pre-tournament favorites headed home early.

I think that back was hurting Phil more than he would ever admit. Jason Day—my preseason pick for a Masters win—obviously had not had enough time between thumb injury and tournament.

I’ve grown to dislike the Jim Nantz-led CBS production. Nantz spent the first fifteen minutes enjoying the sound of his own voice, descending first into the schmaltzy, and then into the completely pointless. It was frustrating to realize that there were players out on the course, and we were still listening to Nantz try to wax poetic eighteen minutes in. It settled down a bit after that, and CBS did its usual decent job.

Time to let Nantz go and find someone new for the broadcast.

One good thing about the final round of the CBS broadcast is that nary a word about Eldrick Woods was spoken. I wonder how Nantz restrained himself on that one.

Final results of the 2014 Masters follow:

Position Player Country Score 1 2 3 4 Final
1 Bubba Watson USA -8 69 68 74 69 280
T2 Jonas Blixt SWE -5 70 71 71 71 283
T2 Jordan Spieth USA -5 71 70 70 72 283
4 Miguel Angel Jimenez ESP -4 71 76 66 71 284
T5 Rickie Fowler USA -2 71 75 67 73 286
T5 Matt Kuchar USA -2 73 71 68 74 286
7 Lee Westwood ENG -1 73 71 70 73 287
T8 Thomas Bjorn DNK E 73 68 73 74 288
T8 Bernhard Langer DEU E 72 74 73 69 288
T8 Rory McIlroy NIR E 71 77 71 69 288
T8 John Senden AUS E 72 68 75 73 288
T8 Kevin Stadler USA E 70 73 72 73 288
T8 Jimmy Walker USA E 70 72 76 70 288
T14 Stewart Cink USA 1 73 72 76 68 289
T14 Jamie Donaldson WAL 1 73 70 76 70 289
T14 Jim Furyk USA 1 74 68 72 75 289
T14 Justin Rose ZAF 1 76 70 69 74 289
T14 Adam Scott AUS 1 69 72 76 72 289
T14 Henrik Stenson SWE 1 73 72 74 70 289
T20 Fred Couples USA 2 71 71 73 75 290
T20 Jason Day AUS 2 75 73 70 72 290
T20 Bill Haas USA 2 68 78 74 70 290
T20 Chris Kirk USA 2 75 72 71 72 290
T20 Ian Poulter ENG 2 76 70 70 74 290
25 Louis Oosthuizen ZAF 3 69 75 75 72 291
T26 Steven Bowditch AUS 4 74 72 74 72 292
T26 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano ESP 4 75 69 74 74 292
T26 Joost Luiten NLD 4 75 73 77 67 292
T26 Hunter Mahan USA 4 74 72 74 72 292
T26 Gary Woodland USA 4 70 77 69 76 292
T31 Russell Henley USA 5 73 70 75 75 293
T31 Martin Kaymer DEU 5 75 72 73 73 293
T31 Steve Stricker USA 5 72 73 73 75 293
T34 K.J. Choi KOR 6 70 75 78 71 294
T34 Stephen Gallacher SCO 6 71 72 81 70 294
T34 Jose Maria Olazabal ESP 6 74 74 73 73 294
T37 Brendon de Jonge ZWE 7 74 72 76 73 295
T37 Billy Horschel USA 7 75 72 75 73 295
T37 Thongchai Jaidee THA 7 73 74 75 73 295
T37 Vijay Singh FJI 7 75 71 74 75 295
T37 Brandt Snedeker USA 7 70 74 80 71 295
T42 Lucas Glover USA 8 75 69 77 75 296
T42 Kevin Streelman USA 8 72 71 74 79 296
T44 Darren Clarke NIR 9 74 74 73 76 297
T44 Sandy Lyle ENG 9 76 72 76 73 297
T44 Thorbjorn Olesen DNK 9 74 72 76 75 297
T44 Nick Watney USA 9 72 75 76 74 297
T44 Mike Weir CAN 9 73 72 79 73 297
49 Oliver Goss ENG 10 76 71 76 75 298
50 Francesco Molinari ITA 11 71 76 76 76 299
51 Larry Mize USA 16 74 72 79 79 304
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