A few thoughts on the 2018 Masters:
- Congratulations to Patrick Reed. He has come a long way from the Monday qualifiers. If you remember his early career, Patrick and his wife, Justine, travelled from tournament to tournament, playing in Monday qualifiers to get a foot in the PGA TOUR door. His wife, Justine was on his bag to save money. The guy didn’t have a multi-million dollar contract when turning pro. It’s a testament to hard work and talent.
- Congratulations also to Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and John Rahm, who made the 2018 Masters finale memorable. About halfway through the round, I was convinced we were headed for at least a three way tie.
- Rory who?
- Tiger who?
- The USGA should take a hard look at how Augusta National sets up the course. Year after year, The Masters offers a tough but fair course that still offers chances for big swings in fortune. The US Open, on the other hand, often becomes a Sunday afternoon slog through the metaphorical mud.
- How tough is Tony Finau? The guy dislocates his ankle on Wednesday and not only finishes all four rounds, but finishes in a t10 at -7. Toughness aside, the other impressive thing was the last second swing change Finau and his coach worked out to avoid putting too much weight on that side. Pain. A swing change. T10. He might want to think about keeping that swing change.
- Tom Watson winning the par 3 contest at age 68 was amazing. He has a swing for the ages. Some of the younger guys might want to take a look at what he has done
- Doug Ghim, low amateur, finished t50. Is he a name we will see on leaderboards going forward?