You know how after the holiday season you tend to feel a little blue? All the preparation and excitement, time spent with family and friends, and then it’s over.
That’s how I feel this week…post Masters.
There’s the anticipation leading up to the tournament. Listening to interviews, watching highlights from past years, making predictions about the outcome and awaiting the magical moments. (You can see my predictions here but I didn’t get it right.)
So while it was four days of great golf, I feel a little let down for two reasons.
- It’s over. The Masters is my favorite tournament so I’m always sorry to see it end.
- It was anticlimactic. The final nine holes are usually incredibly exciting to watch, but this year didn’t have the drama we typically see at Augusta.
It was a good win for Bubba Watson, repeating as a Master’s Champion winning his second green jacket in three seasons. He had a solid performance and I think he could be headed for more wins at Augusta National during his career.
The front nine run on Sunday between Watson and Jordan Speith provided the most drama of the tournament. The extraordinary play from the 20-year old Speith on the outward nine led to the belief that it was going to be a battle to the end. However, Watson didn’t unravel from the pressure of Speith’s fast start. This allowed him to capitalize on the mistakes made by Speith on the eighth and ninth holes.
Watson used this change in momentum to his advantage continuing to control his play heading to the back nine. He played flawless golf both physically and mentally, not allowing anyone back into contention.
Although the back nine did not bring us the drama and excitement we are accustomed to seeing at The Masters, Watson did hit one shot on the thirteenth hole that brought out the ”Bubba golf” we all love to watch. He hit a 366-yard drive off the tee, over a group of pine trees to the fairway. There are not many players that would even attempt that shot let alone be successful at it. He went on to 2-putt for birdie on the hole, his only birdie on the back nine. The shot was a big confidence boost that propelled him to another green jacket.
As I mentioned earlier, my predictions for this year were off. Adam Scott played a strong first round on Thursday, but didn’t manage to build on that over the next three days. Rory McIlroy (my pick to win it all) was never in the hunt and fellow Irishman Graeme McDowell missed the 36-hole cut.
My sentimental favorite, 54-year old Fred Couples played well and stayed near the leaders for most of the tournament. His back nine on Sunday wasn’t his best, but there is something about Couples and Augusta National that says he will be right in the thick of it again next year. And hopefully I will be there in person to see it.
What did you think of this year’s Masters? Did it meet your expectations? Let us know.