Masters Wrap Up

-Despite the anti-climactic finish, Masters Sunday was awesome with the amount of golfers hovering near the leaderboard.  When the smoke cleared, it was Charl Schwartzel who was the winner.  CBS could barely even keep track of all the shots because of all the guys who had a chance to win.  The course, the coverage, the music….The Masters remains the best tournament in the world.

-Casual fans may have never heard of Charl Schwartzel before, but don’t think this was some sort of upset.  He’s ranked number 29 in the world.  Before Louis Oosthuizen won the British Open last summer, many were touting Schwartzel as the next great South African golfer.  And he earned his victory too.  Forget some of the breaks he had on the front 9, he birdied 15, 16, 17, and 18 to win.  An unbelievable finish when you consider Masters Sunday pressure.  He’s only 26, so expect big things from him.

-Speaking of Sunday pressure, it definitely got to Rory McIlroy.  I gotta say this came as a surprise to me.  He’s seen the pressure before in Ryder Cup and by being in contention in the British Open.  In the first three days he looked extremely poised.  Sunday major pressure can change that quick.  He’ll remember 10 for a long time, but we have to remember he’s still only 21.  He’s still going to be golf’s next star.  Gotta give him credit too for being a class act at the end.  He’s extremely mature for a kid his age.

-Speaking of class act’s, Tiger Woods remains the opposite.  He’s now 35 years old and is still throwing clubs, cursing, and having temper tantrums after every poor shot.  He also skipped the par 3 contest, which someone in his position should not do.  He should be an ambassador to the game.  He’s as immature as he’s ever been.  As for his play, while I rip his behavior, I’m in the camp that thinks he will still pass Jack.  He actually hit the ball really well this weekend.  Never thought it would be the short game that would fail him.  I hope he never wins another major, but it was fun having him around in contention.  Can’t deny that he brings some excitement.

-With Schwartzel, Jason Day, McIlroy, the youth movement in golf continued to impress.  The talent of some of the youngsters is incredible.  It will definitely make Tiger’s quest to catch Jack a little bit tougher.  Speaking of Jason Day, he’s another example of golfers having the best looking wives among all the professional sports.

-The three biggest disappointments for me were Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, and Phil Mickelson.  The number one player in the world should not miss the cut that badly.  McDowell didn’t look like he wanted to be there either.  Phil didn’t miss the cut, but he could never really get things going like last week.  Surprising considering how much he likes this course.

-Next up is the US Open at Congressional Country Club.  Five minutes away from my house.  I would recommend that anyone in the area to go check it out.  How many other professional sports can you stand withing a couple feet of Tiger Woods and other top athletes?  Speaking of Tiger, he’s gotta be the early favorite.  Last time he played Congressional, he won.

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