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.
Elizabeth Taylor said that the way to determine whether someone is a star is to watch what they do. Tiger Woods is a star. The PGA is more watchable when Tiger is playing well.
Tiger Woods struck the ball very well today. More importantly, he was putting very well. He won his 72nd tournament at Jack Nicholas’ Memorial.
The US Open should be a great tournament. Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Rickie Fowler (don’t count today) and Luke Donald are playing well. You can never count out Phil. The Open is going to be fun.
One of the reasons that Tiger Woods is so great to watch is that he comes up with those Tiger Moments. Sure, he can drain putts and crush the tee shot but he can also do something amazing like this shot.
Matt Kuchar, Mr. Steady, simply plays great golf, which is why he is the Players 2012 Champion. He isn’t flashy. He doesn’t drive the ball the farthest. He doesn’t work the ball the most. He isn’t the best putter. He does everything very well. He doesn’t make big mistakes (forget the 17th on Saturday – in the water – that wasn’t typical). I love his game.
As an aside, I’m really liking the way that Rickie Fowler is striking the ball. His 7 iron from 200 yards out on the 18th was a thing of beauty.
One of the things that I don’t like about the television coverage of all of these tournaments is the fact that they really only try to the cover the leaders. There is some great golf that we miss by focusing on only those at the top. David Toms and Bob Estes absolutely smoked TPC Sawgrass. They each shot -7 for the round. They were on fire, but because they started their run too far back they were never really covered.
Congratulations to the 2012 Players Champion – Matt Kuchar.