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Hits & Misses at The Masters

by Jeff Skinner

Hits

Bubba Watson was fairly composed after his win at The Masters.  He says he’s “just a small town guy named Bubba that won The Masters…pretty cool.”  And Bubba has further strengthened his place in American golf history with today’s win and has the game and healthy body to compete for even more.  But the change in Bubba from his lost season last year is that space between his ears.  He’s matured and has a better grasp of the entire big picture and his performance shows just that.

Jordan Spieth did make history, just not the record he really wanted.  His T2 finish put him in the record books as the youngest runner up in Masters history.  He had a two shot lead after seven holes but he acknowledged that Watson’s experience may have helped him win this one.  He’s ready to bounce right back and said, “I can’t wait to have another shot at it.”  Spieth is an amazing young man.  He’s mature, polite, knowledgeable, accommodating and a credit to his family.  Watching him grow into this game will be a pleasure for years to come.

Jonas Blixt is one good golfer.  His tie for second place should make him a bit more familiar to the American public.  His one under 71 was one of only three sub-par rounds by the leaders today.

Miguel Angel Jimenez put on a great show on Sunday.  He’s 50 and The Coolest Guy in Golf but started off poorly with three bogeys in the first five holes. He fought back with a back nine 33 to finish in fourth place.  He’s playing the Champions Tour next week but really concentrating on making the European Ryder Cup Team.  Bubba and Miguel are two golfers that are fun to watch.

Rickie Fowler didn’t make a great charge to threaten his good friend and Golf Boys band mate but a T5 finish with that new swing working should keep Fowler in great shape the rest of the season.

Jimenez was the top “old dude” but Bernhard Langer was the top “old dude” that wears a green jacket.  Langer, 56 and Champions Tour Terror, shot a 69 to move up to a tie for eighth.  Take that Freddy.

Bubba Scott jacket

Misses

Matt Kuchar misses another chance at a major, shoots 74 with a four putt.  Ouch, Kuch is going to have a hard time smiling after this one.

Rory McIlroy came into here the favorite but his 77 on Friday sunk his chances.  He did battle back today with a closing 69 but we all expected more from Rory this week.

Adam Scott certainly didn’t resemble the 2013 Masters Champion this week.  Scotty started the week with a 69 and that included a double on twelve so it was a good start.  But 72-76-72 to finish the week left him no chance at repeating and tied for fourteenth.  But he does look great in that green jacket.

Lee Westwood started the day three strokes off the lead, went three over par through the first four holes and lost his chance then.

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