By: Hardy Hogan, Guest Contributor
Broughton Senior and Golf star Hardy Hogan attended this year’s Masters tournament. He took diligent notes and offered his take on the tournament for the OT…..
A tradition unlike any other….The 2016 Masters contained all of the story lines, excitement, and drama that makes it one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world.
Augusta National Golf Club, in Augusta, Georgia hosted it’s 80th consecutive Masters tournament on April 7-10. Heading into the final round on Sunday, Jordan Spieth, the defending champion, had a 3 shot lead over Dustin Johnson and top ranked player in the world, Jason Day. The lead was two over the young Japanese star, Hideki Matsuyama, and 58 year old Bernhard Langer. Rounding out the chasers was 24 year old Smylie Kaufman, making his first Masters appearance.
Conditions were tougher than usual during Masters week, with high winds causing scores to be much higher than in years past. However, going into the back nine on Sunday, with a five shot lead, Jordan Spieth seemed sure to defend his green jacket, and repeat as Masters champion.
Arnold Palmer once said, “I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s game, it’s called an eraser.” With a bogey, bogey, quadruple-bogey start to his back nine, Spieth would have loved to use one. Hitting two balls in the water on the par three 12th, and carding a four over par quadruple-bogey, Spieth quickly saw his lead destroyed.
Playing a few groups ahead was Englishman, Danny Willett. Willett began the day three shots back of the lead, but with a bogey-free final round score of 67, the underdog– and new father– found himself as leader in the club-house.
Spieth would fight back with birdies at 13 and 15, but with a missed birdie opportunity at the par three 16th, and bogey on 17, Danny Willett was crowned Masters champion, giving him his first major championship victory.
The next major championship is the US Open taking place at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. Jordan Spieth will again be attempting to defend his title at the Open, on June 16-19.