Winners and Losers at The Masters
The Masters is officially in the books for another year. Golf’s biggest major has come and gone with Sergio Garcia taking home his first major and first Green Jacket. Garcia has 10 PGA Tour wins, the most by a Spainiard, and the oldest player to win on tour this season at 37. He’s an obvious winners of the week at Augusta National. There were other winners who showed well in this tournament despite not winning it while others failed to step up to the bright lights of The Masters.
Justin Rose – Yes, even if the Englishman didn’t win the Green Jacket, he still had a winners weekend. The reason? Well, Rose hadn’t played great golf leading up to Augusta. He did not seem to putt the ball well causing some struggles and missed cuts. Rose seems to be more on track heading into a big stretch with The Players Championships, all the tournies in Texas then the U.S. Open.
Thomas Pieters – While everyone jumped on the Jon Rahm bandwagon, it was Thomas Pieters who played some of the best golf on the course from a rookie. To me, it signaled a warning shot that this guy will be contending for Green Jacket on a regular basis. Pieters came back strong on Sunday too after being a mess on Saturday whilst tied for the lead to begin the round.
Under-the radar Americans – Four United States players finished in the top 11, and three of them did not really get featured at all on Sunday afternoon. Matt Kuchar did for his ace on 16 which made him a signiciant amount of money. Kevin Chappell finished with a 68. Brooks Koepka appears to be better than what he was to start year finishing with a 69 (Nice) and a top 11 finish.. Russell Henley also did well to make into that top 11. None of these guys will be talked about, but don’t be shocked if one of them is contending for a major. They all have the capability to do so.
Bubba Watson – Not only did he missed the cut for what seems to be the sixth straight tournament, he also called out the media for asking him questions after he missed the cut. Watson went to video to say he was joking a little bit after the round finished up which made matters worst. Glad to see everyone is realizing what a prick Bubba is to the golf world.
Bubba Watson after probable missed cut at #themasters: “Golf is tough; I don’t know if you’ve ever played it. But writing articles is easy.”
— Gene Sapakoff (@Sapakoff) April 7, 2017
Apologies for my bad attempt at a joke today… my jokes as bad as my golf this week! pic.twitter.com/T6hVOBvcpV
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) April 7, 2017
Jordan Spieth & Rickie Fowler – While the no-name Americans found their way with low numbers, the two notable Americans fell apart playing together. Fowler shot a 76 and Spieth had a 75 in a disappointing finish where both players with the right kind of Sunday magic could have found themselves hovering near a playoff. For both players, they never had easy birdie attempts out there, and that limited their upside. Spieth and Fowler will be two favorites at Erin Hills in June.
Henrik Stenson – It continues to be a struggle for the defending Open Championship winner. The 2017 season looked like this for Stenson – Withdraw, 8th then three consecutive missed cuts. Stenson is one of the best in the world, but currently, he’s not right. I wonder if he plays some of the easier courses.
Dustin Johnson – *whispers* I think DJ would have won this tournament going away. No proof, but he would have held it together for the first two days then went very low on the weekend. I’m not sure anyone is on his level right now. My guess is we will not see Johnson until Wells Fargo Open or Players Championship.