First off, congrats to Patrick Reed. He’s not my favorite golfer by any means, but putting that aside, he played a hell of a tournament. He was dialed in for four days and earned his spot in the history of The Masters.
The final round had some ups and downs and some definite excitement. Some of my takeaways…
Spieth – Goodness!?!! What a final round. The bogey on 18 was a downer, but he put a charge into what started off as a relatively uneventful final day. Good thing everyone thought his putting was bad?
Rickie – What a class act! He played beautifully all day to finish within one. And then to wait for Reed coming off the 18th was especially classy. No one in the game does that as much as Rickie. Some may say it is a lack of killer instinct. I don’t believe that for a second. The guy desperately wants to win but refuses to be anything but gracious when he doesn’t. Believe me, I don’t think this is a requirement at all. Tiger is my favorite and he never did, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate Rickie’s class.
Tiger – He just didn’t have it this week. The game is coming around though. I liked the way he drove the ball today. The irons were off all week and the putting failed him overall. I think Shinnecock sets up well for him if he can keep the momentum with the driver and use the stinger as much as possible. I love having him back!
I wouldn’t say the Master is my favorite tournament (even though I may have already said it). It is unique and has crazy thrills, but I love all the majors. The 2018 Masters was made interesting by some stellar Sunday play.
Congrats to Reed and see everyone at Shinny!