Congratulations to Adam Scott. He is by all accounts as fine a person as he is a golfer.
This year proves once again that there is no tournament or course that can generate as much excitement as The Masters at Augusta. Another playoff was just the thing to add to the legend. This Masters had the one thing I look for most in a sporting event: competitiveness. For me, sports are far more interesting when the outcome is in doubt. In this case, the outcome was in doubt until the last putt. Half a dozen players had a reasonable chance to win.
The USGA should take a look at how the Masters generates such excitement when setting up their courses. Their intention of identifying the best player often degrades into identifying the most boring course possible.
Scott’s victory ratchets up the belly putter controversy. There can be little doubt that he’s dependent on the long stick. I personally think it is a non-issue, but it will create more buzz.
I was glad to see that Tiger didn’t win—not because I can’t stand him—but because a Tiger win in the wake of Dropgate would cast a pall on an otherwise great weekend. It was also nice that Tiger didn’t finish within two, thereby avoiding another nasty set of conversations. Truth be told, though, Tiger was not in Major form today. Perhaps the whole controversy got to him.
Scott showed a lot of class in acknowledging Greg Norman: “Greg Norman has been incredible to me and all the young golfers in Australia. Part of this definitely belongs to him.”
While nothing can make up for the lack of a Green Jacket, it has to be gratifying to Norman that his mentoring of young Australian golfers has paid off. Norman said of Scott: “I think he’ll go on to win more Majors than any other Australian golfer.”
There’s a bit of the proud father there.
I wonder how many headlines after this win read: Great Scott! It is too good to pass up.
Steve Williams is the all time caddy leader in majors. As part of a team, he trails only Jack. I’m glad he showed the good sense not to jump in front of a microphone—and that CBS had the good sense not to give him the opportunity.
Angel Cabrera is an amazing story. He has two PGA TOUR victories—that is, two Majors. Those same two Majors also count as two fifth of his European Tour victories. It is as though he’s the QB who wins two Superbowls, without winning a regular season game.