What a Sunday. What a Masters. This week’s What It Means is just a bunch of random thoughts about a great Sunday at Augusta:
1) Congrats to Charl Schwartzel. What a final round. Insane chip-in at 1. Hole out at 3. Four straight birdies to end it all including one off a gutsy second shot at 17. Strong, strong way to finish.
2) Adam Scott is back. The long putter seems to have triggered something in his game because he looked sharp today. Besides all the great birdies he made, what stands out to me is the par putt at 15. That’s a putt he probably misses in the past, but made today. I’d look for him to have a big year.
3) Tiger Woods is back. Sorta. Look, the front nine was vintage Tiger and he has a lot of positives to take from this week, but his short putting issues this week (#12, and 15 today alone) concern me. He’s been shaky from the 3-5 foot range all year, and I need to see more consistency out of him from that range before I say he’s 100% back. But tee to green he swung it great this week and I think has to be encouraged.
4) Jason Day is a force to be reckoned with. Watch out for him. Kid has a lot of talent a ton of guts.
5) Rory McIlroy will be back. This happens. Happened to Dustin at Pebble last year, and the same to Nick Watney. Think about Mike Weir early on in the last decade. It takes a couple times in the hotseat to get through it, and McIlroy will be no different. He’ll win. And win a lot.
6) As proven today: good weather + birdie/eagle-able hole locations…and we have a show. Great job, Augusta National.
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Written by Jeremy Schilling
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