When The Masters concluded on Sunday evening, I wasn’t surprised to see Bubba Watson getting the green jacket from Adam Scott. Watson was simply exceptional in the final round and if there’s one thing we know about Bubba it’s when he’s on, he’s really, really on. That was the case on Sunday. He was super long off the tee, converted some risky shots into high reward birdies and never faltered.
As for Jordan Spieth, it all seemed a little too good to be true for the 20-year-old Texan. Through seven holes, he had built a two-shot lead over Watson, but a bogey on No. 8 brought them back together and a shot in the water on 12 pretty much sealed it for Watson.
Many kept hoping for a miraculous comeback from Spieth that would be part of Masters lore forever, but he couldn’t convert birdie chances and Bubba wasn’t coming back to him. Even with Watson capturing his second green jacket, all of the talk was about Spieth and what he almost accomplished, which was annoying to me.
Getting a second green jacket isn’t old hat just because a young phenom comes around. I don’t think Watson got his due from the media, but I doubt he cares. I’m as excited as anyone to watch Spieth going forward, but I thought his breakout overshadowing The Masters champion was a little much.
Some other Masters thoughts from my notebook over the weekend:
- Bubba’s kid walking to him on the 18th green was pretty awesome. He looked a bit wobbly and like he might face plant, but like his daddy, he was resilient and finished in style.
- I didn’t miss Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson all weekend. It’s nice to have them there but there’s so many great golfers on Tour it doesn’t matter much to me in majors anymore if they’re there or not.
- Matt Kuchar has a pretty great fan following. Every time he hit a shot all you could hear was “Kuuuucccchhhh” yells from the patrons.
- Fred Couples is awesome at playing three rounds of The Masters. I think he just doesn’t have it in him anymore to be great all four rounds. A friend pointed out a funny tweet to me that said “Years after Couples passes away, he’ll still be in contention to win The Masters on Sunday.” Probably true.
- Everytime Jonas Blixt missed a makeable birdie putt on the back 9, you could just see hope draining from his face and frustration filling it. He gave away a lot of shots on Sunday.
- Rory McIlroy continues to boggle my mind. Whatever is going on with him seems to be mental at this point. He either rockets to the top of the leaderboard or takes a miserable dive. I wasn’t that surprised he was right on the cut line, but then again I was. That’s what is strange about him these days. He didn’t look very excited to be playing Augusta on Sunday.
- Jim Nantz might be buying into his Masters hype a little bit. That or something in his brain just switches on the Masters schmaltz once that piano music is played. I’m starting to get the feeling he really wants every putt to be the most dramatic moment of the day, even if it’s just not. I know there are a lot of Nantz haters out there, and while I’m not one of them, I’m rolling my eyes at him a lot more than I used to.
- David Feherty describing a putt as a “gentle banana” is why we should always have more Feherty commentary at every golf tournament.
- I like a good pre-game show, but the coverage on ESPN, CBS and Golf Channel were just too long. It seemed longer than the actual tournament. You can only hammer home so many points, so many times. Regardless, I watched most of it anyway, as I'm sure many others did as well.
- Migeul Angel Jimenz is just fun to watch. I'd love to have a glass of fine wine and expensive cigar and pick his brain.
- I had some good conversations with friends and family about Jordan Spieth over the weekend. Anytime you can compare what you were doing at 20-years-old to a kid playing the Masters at that age, it’s going to be entertaining. Spieth has made $6.5 million on Tour in his career. I was lucky if I had $6.50 in my bank account at 20 when I was in college.
- Not much gets me more excited to play golf than watching The Masters. I haven’t made my first tee time yet, but it won’t be too far off… as long as it doesn’t snow anymore in Chicago.
How our staff picks fared at Augusta:
My picks: 1. Jason Day (T20, +2), 2. Rory McIlroy (T8, E), 3. Jordan Spieth (T2, -5), 4. Matt Kuchar (T5, -2), 5. Phil Mickelson (CUT)
Customer Service - Jason Day (T20, +2), Warehouse - Jason Dufner (CUT), Website/eBay - Keegan Bradley (CUT), Accounting - Rory McIlroy (T8, E)
Congratulations to Matt K., who won our TaylorMade SLDR giveaway on Facebook for picking Bubba Watson to win.