No Tiger. Phil was cut before the weekend. And Rory was nowhere to be seen. How disappointing this year’s Masters was…right? Wrong! The storylines heading into Sunday were fantastic. Bubba Watson and 20-year-old, let me repeat that, 20-year-old, Jordan Spieth entered Sunday tied for the lead at -5. Watson was looking to become the 17th golfer to win multiple Masters Championships, while Spieth was looking to become the youngest player ever to win one. Tiger won his first Masters in 1997 when he was 21 years old. At the time, Spieth was three.
Spieth was off to a very strong start for the day when he birdied the par 3 fourth hole by knocking one down from out of the bunker after an errant tee shot. By the 7th hole, the youngster had gone from -5 to -8 and had a two stroke lead on Watson. That’s when the tables turned. The youthful Spieth gave those three strokes back over the next five holes and visibly wore his frustrations. That emotion will make him a fan favorite. The average golfer who combats course adversity on a daily basis likes to see that even the pros can get frustrated and let it affect them. Controlling that emotion is something he will learn with age and experience.
But, this was Bubba’s chance to use his long ball skills and make up the ground needed to capture his second green jacket in three years, thrusting him into consideration as being one of the game’s elite. There’s something magical about Sunday at the Masters, and I can’t quite describe the feeling. There’s always some surprise and there’s always something to be learned. It also signals to everyone that not only the golf season, but Spring, has finally begun.