Some random thoughts on the 2015 Masters.
First, congratulations to Jordan Spieth. He put on an incredible display of golf and a putting show the likes of which is rarely seen—especially at Augusta National. He wasn’t th68-66 wase longest off the tee, or particularly brilliant with his irons. All he did was stay out of trouble and consistently give himself the chance with the flatstick.
That’s the same game I play, but I’m usually putting for par and bogey, not bird and eagle.
I hope that the golf media doesn’t go berserk with Spieth’s victory. He’s not the next Tiger. He’s the first Jordan Spieth.
At any rate, it is too much to expect any player—no matter how talented—to go on the kind of dominating run that Tiger had from 1995 to the Crash. There’s just so much more talent on Tour right now.
Here’s something to chew on: When Tiger posted 18 under in 1997, he was twelve clear of the field. This year, at -18, Spieth won by just four, and there were ten players within twelve. Spieth’s score would have beaten Tiger in 2001, 2002 and 2005.
Speaking of Tiger, he says he won’t play for a while after this weekend. Probably needs to work on that driver. If he sprays it around like that at Chambers Bay, he’ll shoot 90.
It was good to see Phil Mickelson playing well. I hope that he can continue the trend and finally win that elusive US Open.
Rory McIlroy’s slow start at 71-71 kept him out of the jacket. On the weekend, his 68-66 looked like the scores of a World Number One playing the weekend in a Major.
Unfortunately, Rickie Fowler took three rounds to find a winning score. I had him pegged as a possible winner.
Slow starts killed a lot of players in the face of the relentless Jordan Spieth onslaught. There’s an old saying that you can’t win a Major on the first day, but that you can lose it. In the case of the first day of the 2015 Masters, pretty much everyone lost but Spieth, Hoffman, Rose, Els and Day.
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I can’t believe that the media aren’t making more of the Tiger bone pop. I mean most of the news is still around Jordan.. AND PHIL’s -14. A bunch less coverage of Tiger’s root than Rory’s got a few years back.
I have called foul on many of Tiger’s injuries, and even for a few moments on Friday thought we might be on a Tiger injury watch. But the catching the root under the pine straw with as hard has he hits, really does make for something that will be a “stinger” of the wrong variety for Tiger. And if that wrist is hurting today, it could be a while before he competes again.
Also, Phil isn’t gone, and a 14 any other year would have won his 4th jacket—- but it is starting to be fleeting. The good thing is it does appear that Phil is playing stronger than Jack was at this age, so maybe there’s a chance for a major. The bad thing is that the field is significantly better than it was in the mid-80s.