- By Doc
Well I had planned to wait 86 years to make the accomplishment of my counterpart’s article more satisfying but then I got the itch to set the record straight.
The Masters is arguably golf’s Mecca. Each and every year there is always a week long prelude to the historic event and this year was not different. It is really the most special time of year. While some lonely schmucks are off determining who the best guards/tackles are for a cute little party in Chicago or a bandwagon Duke fan is nervously cheering for his overrated Blue Devils in some basketball tournament, I anxiously awaiting the first round at Augusta National Golf Course.
The stories began early in the week with the decision of Tiger to join the field having not played since withdrawing from a tournament late last season. The buzz of Augusta National was alive and kicking.
Would Tiger make a fantasy return to the golf world with another win?
Would he make the cut?
All questions that would be answered in a very short 72 holes of golf.
The first round began on Thursday with promise of another historic story to add to the list of exciting moments in Augusta. Unlike the many heartbreaking moments in the upper Northeast my counterpart has grown so accustomed too, this tournament promises to always deliver dramatic endings with the historical rise of the gallery on the 18th green.
Whether it is the Golden Bear upsetting the King (I’ll help out our golf newbie by telling him that was a reference to Jack Nicklas beating Arnold Palmer) or any of the countless other memories that have taken place in the heart of Georgia, the Masters is by far and away the best start to the majors season.
This year’s Masters featured a very special treat in the form of a young golfer named Jordan Spieth. Spite as many of my avid readers will remember, provided they were not distracted by my college’s spirited attempt at a golf article, is one of the young players I predicted to make a splash on the PGA Tour and he certainly did that.
Following his first and second round performances, Spieth showed pose and control unlike anyone we have seen in many years. Even eclipsing the scoring record set by the famous Tiger Woods rounds at Augusta, Spieth was feeling it. Spieth continued his dominance during the 3rd round looking, to coin a phrase from one of my favorite TV personalities, “cool as the other side of the pillow.”
I think it is safe to say that Spieth’s focus and drive to win was not fueled by fast food, alcohol and God only knows what else in the clubhouse (should be a sign to players in other professional athletics….just saying).
Spieth teed it up on the final day with a gusty wind in his sail and aggressively took on the REAL “Green Monster”. Grinding it out and hitting shot after shot of pure perfection it was becoming clear that there would be no collapse of say, a 4th quarter catch on top of a helmet at the 50 yard line leading to an epic Super Bowl loss.
No no my friends, unlike Rory who seemed to be intimidated by the final 9 holes at Augusta, Spieth charged forward and took on the course like a true champion. Spieth stepped onto the 18th green with a chance to secure the lowest 72 hole score and although he missed that chance (something I think my counterpart can relate to with completing the perfect season), Spieth still walked off the course wearing a fancy new green jacket.
All in all, I think Spieth has many many more championships to win in his career. Dare I say he might even win 27 or more…..a feat that many teams dream of but few will ever reach.
Congratulations to Jordan Spieth on a phenomenal Masters 2015. I hope you can all enjoy the REAL Doc’s Slice article and to my talented beer reporter cohort…..that’s how they say its done (drops the mic and walks off stage). BOOM!