Sunday April 10, 2016 is a day that Danny Willett will never forget and not for the reason that he would have thought a few months ago. The due date for his first child was today, however an early birth led Willett to be able to attend the 80th playing of The Masters. Willett came into the day three shots off leader Jordan Speith and after Speith had played nine holes it looked like nobody had a chance. Willett pieced together a fantastic back nine and finished the day -5.
While Willett was undergoing a great back nine, Jordan Speith was falling apart. He had a bogey 10 and 11 but the damage was done on hole 12 where Speith shot a quadruple bogey. In three holes Speith dropped from -7 to -1 and into a tie for 4th place. He finished the day at a -2 in a tie for sending one place.
This day is reminiscent of the 2014 Masters where Speith blew a big lead on the back nine on Sunday. Both occasions Speith finished second at the end. Maybe next year he will respond to the 2nd place finish like he did last year when he won the Masters.
One special note from today’s round is the play of three individuals on the par 3 16th. Louis Oosthuizen, Davis Love 3, and Shane Lowry all aced the hole today. Oosthuizen’s axe was even more impressive because his ball actually hit another ball before it went into the hole.
The weather played a huge role all week but on Sunday it did not seem to be a huge issue. By the time the last few pairings were on the course the sun had come out and the wind had died down quite a bit. In the end it was a beautiful day of golf.
Saturday at the Masters, better known as moving day. However other than the weather front that moved through during the early afternoon there was not a whole lot of moving going on. The majority of the movement on the course was from players that shot over par.
One such player was Rory Mcilroy. He started the day alone in second and he was in the final pairing with leader Jordan Speith. However after struggling through his round today and shooting +5, Mcilroy is no longer in the final pairing.
However, Jordan Speith still is the leader at the end of the the third round despite shooting a +1 today. He is still three shots under par and only one shot above his partner for tomorrow’s round Smylie Kaufman.
Smylie Kaufman produced one of the five rounds under par today. He shot the low round of the day at -3. For Kaufman the round was nearly perfect other than a bogey at 11. He even had birdies at the difficult 13, 14 and 16th holes. If he is to get his hands on his first green jacket the he will have to play just as well tomorrow as he did today.
Whomever is to take home the green jacket at the end of the day will have to master the British Open type weather at this year’s Masters Tournament.
A breezy day two in Augusta, Georgia wrecked havoc on all players no matter the skill level.
Leader Jordan Speith shoot a two over par today to leave him at -4 for the tournament. He maintaned a one shot lead over Rory Mcilroy. This left the cut line at +6 with the score keeping many good golfers left watching the final two rounds from the comfort of their own homes.
Mcilroy is alone in second after shooting one of only four rounds that were under par. Not only that but he is one of only seven players that remains under par through two days.
One player that many were betting on to win get a green jacket at the end of Sunday was Phil Mickelson. Sadly he shot a +7 today after shooting even par on day one. After a birdie on 17, Mickelson gave himself the opportunity to play this weekend, however a par on 18 left him one stroke from safety.
Another big surprise is that Bubba Watson made the cut at the last minute. It is an even year so many more people predicted that he would prevail with his third green jacket. That being said, it is going to take a monumental collapse from the majority of the field as well as a near flawless weekend at one of the most difficult courses in the world.
Ian Poulter was heard saying that the wind at any moment could send a shot either over the green or short of the green. He said this while undertaking the most difficult part of the course known as Amen Corner.
Amen Corner is a three hole section of the course that looks extremely serene. The three holes are 11, 12, and 13. They are intersected by a strip of water known as Rae’s Creek. This makes the shots extremely tricky and causes many golfers to struggle on this part of the course.
The honorary trio was only the honorary duo this morning as Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus teed off while Masters Legend Arnold Palmer watched as he is no longer able to swing a golf club. This came a day after 80 year old Gary Player hit a hole in one during the Par 3 tournament.
During the day Jordan Speith raced his was to a -6 and the lead through day one. He played a near flawless round without shooting even a single bogey. This was nearly a miracle due to the fact that the winds were swirling throughout the round.
World number 1 Jason Day looked strong, shooting a -4, until the par 3 16th hole. Day shot a triple bogey and finished the round at even par.
High flying Ricky Fowler is not in good shape to make the cut after tomorrow’s round after he shot a +8 after struggling all day. It will take a horrific round from all of the leaders and for Fowler to play the round of his life in order for him to play during the weekend.
The first round will be best known for one particular player’s first hole and a record that will be considered by many as one that you do not want to have. Ernie Els, +8 for the day, started his first round with a 9 on the par 4 first hole. He set the record for highest scored at the first hole in the eighty year history of the Masters.