I feel like I have to write something about the Ryder Cup because I’m a golf fan. Well, it was ugly. It was just as expected. The Americans were expected to lose and we lost. We simply were not as strong throughout our line up. We needed Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley to step up. Although Rickie Fowler played pretty well, the rest of the line up played average. The exception to this mediocre play was Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. I really think that Fowler is a hair’s breath away from being truly great.
On the other hand, the Europeans got great performances from some of the guys we really didn’t expect to hit it out of the park. Jamie Donaldson played GREAT. Dubuisson played outstanding. He was steady and focused. World number 1 Rory McIlroy started off in a funk but played his way out of it. By Sunday, he was putting lights out. The biggest surprise was Justin Rose. He was great. He kept making shot after shot and putt after putt. It isn’t that Rose can’t play great. He can and he has. He seems to fall short in the Majors. He plays steady golf. He never seems to blow you away in a normal PGA format but in the Ryder Cup he was fabulous.
So, the Americans go home once again licking out wounds. I don’t know what the Americans could do better. I do think that there were a couple who should have been there but weren’t. The biggest name was Billy Horschel. He was playing the best golf in the world over the past month or so but he peaked too late for the Ryder Cup. I think that his passion and fire would have been great for the Americans who all looked a little flat. I also wonder from Brandt Snedeker would have been a better pick than Webb Simpson. Finally, Gary Woodland is an interesting player who was been solid all year. His game is really coming around. He could always bomb it off the
All of the drama in the Masters took place early. By the time, the last group made it to 10, the Masters was firmly in Bubba Watson’s back pocket. There was a 2 shot swing on 8 and another 2 shot swing on 9 which caused young Jordan Spieth to play from behind. He was never able to mount that charge that wanted. He had a couple of opportunities but his putter, which is really his weapon of choice, let him down.
From Golf Channel:
It may be time for Bubba-proofing.
It was, after all, Tiger Woods’ back-to-back victories in 2001 and ’02 at Augusta National that prompted the club to initiate the most dramatic nip/tuck in the history of the iconic course. Continue reading Bubba Watson wins the Masters
Well, the third day of the Masters was something special. After a brutal second day, I thought the pin locations on the third day were going to be significantly easier. Whoops, I was wrong. I predicted that Bubba Watson would struggle today and he did. I also predicted that Adam Scott would surge today. He did not. I thought that Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth would play solid golf and they did.
It is clear that Tiger Woods is missed. But this has been very entertaining golf. It is possible for somebody to come from behind and win this. It is possible for Bubba Watson to win his second green jacket. I think it is very possible that Jordan Spieth may play a flawless round of golf and shock the world by being the youngest player to win the Masters. Let me bring up a few surprises. Miguel Jimenez shot the round of the week with a 66. I’m very surprised that he was in the mix. I’m also surprised that Rickie Fowler shot a 67. His game has been kind of up-and-down for the last 6-9 months. I was a little surprised to see Freddie Couples not put together a solid round. Instead, he was one over par. Finally, Jonas Blixt has put together three solid rounds of 70-71-71. He’s in third place. Jim Furyk and Lee Westwood are both within striking distance. The field is wide open, but it appears that 10 or 11 guys really have a shot at winning this tournament.