It was an amazing Sunday at the Masters
Published 5:22 pm Tuesday, April 10, 2018
If there is any doubt in your mind that Jordan Spieth is the best golfer in the world, you didn’t watch the Masters this Sunday.
Spieth started the round 5-under, nine strokes back from the leader Patrick Reed. In one of the most stunning performances ever put on at Augusta National, he fired off a 64 and at one point was tied for the lead with Reed. It was the round of a lifetime for him, and if it wasn’t for a bogey on No. 18, he would have tied the single round lowest score ever posted at the Masters.
Even still, he shot the best score ever seen on a Sunday.
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And to think… If it weren’t for an inexplicable bogey on No. 1 in round 2, he would be touring the world in his second green jacket right now. He must be kicking himself for that one.
Reed climbed up the leaderboard and held on to first place Friday, Saturday and Sunday to win his first major. I was so certain the leaderboard would be bouncing all over the place throughout the weekend, and in a way it did, just not like how I thought it would. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Reed would grab hold of the lead and refuse to let go, nor did I expect Rickie Fowler to make a late run, or for Spieth to convince the world he can win anything anywhere when he gets rolling.
Reed got insanely lucky on a few holes, namely when his ball didn’t find the creek on No. 13 on his approach shot. God had his hand holding that ball up on the hill, giving him the chance to par the hole and hold onto the tie for lead. He birdied the next hole, which is all he needed.
He played lights out. But when Reed made his final putt on No. 18 to win it all, the crowd seemed to shrug. A lot has come out about Reed’s private life issues, his dismissal from UGA last decade for behavioral problems and the massive chip he carries on his shoulder. I’m not here to go into detail about that gossip, but it obviously had an effect on the spectators’ reaction.
Compare the crowd’s roar to Fowler’s birdie on No. 18 to Reed’s winning putt. Not much of a comparison. Then again, Fowler is statistically one of the most well-liked guys on tour, so that might be an unfair comparison.
The U.S. Open is two months away. Will Fowler’s second place at the Masters be the boost he needs to finally win a major? Will Reed keep his performance level this high? We’ll see in June.