The Quest for the Green Jacket. Day 3. Jordan Gets the Jitters.

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In the quest for the Green Jacket, Jordan Spieth got the jitters in the third round of The Masters at Augusta.

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Jordan got the jitters, shooting a third round -2 under par 70 at The Masters, and he still set a new 54-hole scoring record at -16 under par. To comfort him a little, he still has a formidable four shot lead going into the final on Sunday at Augusta. Jordan thought -2 under today was a good score;

“I thought two under would be a good score today but obviously being four under and closing at two under is disappointing, but it could have been worse and I was very pleased with that up and down on eighteen.”

“It took some guts to hit that flop shot and the par putt was huge, one of the biggest putts I have ever hit.”

“Obviously I would have liked to finish the round a little better, but it could have been worse.”

“I was very frustrated. I didn’t do any scoreboard watching until the 15th and then knew I was six clear and pars were good scores on the last two holes.”

“Driver should never have come out of my bag at that point. I was getting a little erratic with the driver and could have hit three wood, eight iron.”

The chasers made up some ground today, most notably Justin Rose, who was one of those who fired third rounds of -5 under par 67. Justin now stands in second place at -12 under par for the competition, and will probably have to equal, or better that score in the final round if he wants to win the title.

Justin will be with Jordan tomorrow, and said it will be nice to keep watch on him;

“He’s playing incredible golf but it’ll be great to keep an eye on him.”

“You have to put it on the line and you’ve got to make committed, aggressive swings under pressure. That’s what I’m going to do tomorrow.”

Another -5 under par 67 came from Phil Mickelson, giving him third place on his own at -11 under par. Charley Hoffman slipped back today, a -1 under par 71 leaving him with -10 under for the competition, which is still four shots clear of the main bunch.

The chasing posse are all at -6 under par, ten shots off the pace, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Kevin Na, Kevin Streelman and Dustin Johnson.

Rory and Tiger both had rounds of -4 under par 67, and still have a long way to go to even challenge for second place. Which probably is why Tiger dropped the F-word rant on live TV, “Oh my F-ing God,” for which the TV presenters had to quickly apologize. Not so easy to apologize to God.

Forgetting his low point verbal rant on the course today Tiger said his round should have been lower;

“It could have been something seriously low today, I had it really going.”

“All in all, if you probably look at it, it should have been about two shots better.”

“It’s in Jordan’s hands right now, I’m going to have to put together a really special round of golf tomorrow. And you just never know.”

“To come back here and play a major championship and to be in the mix, granted I’ve got to shoot a low one tomorrow, but at least I’ve given myself a chance.”

Rory knows it would take something extraordinary for him to win;

“I’ll try and get off to a good start like I did today.”

“If I do that it really depends, if I was to go out and shoot 30, I’m going to need something around 61 or 62 to have a chance. Not sure that’s going to happen.”

The Quest for the Green Jacket. Day 2. Super Spieth Sew’s It Up.

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Super Jordan Spieth sew’s up the quest for the Green Jacket at the end of Day 2 in The Masters at Augusta.

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Jordan consolidated his place at the top of The Masters leaderboard with a second round -6 under par 66, setting a new record for 36 holes at -14 under par. I have run out of superlatives for this man, he is just playing a different brand of golf to everyone else. He could become only the fifth wire to wire winner here, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the tailor is already measuring him up for the Green Jacket.

Jordan said it was a pretty special moment;

“Any time you can set a record here is pretty awesome, but as far as history and what happened the last couple days, doesn’t mean anything, unless I can close it out.”

“I don’t want to go in as the 36 hole best record, but somebody who didn’t win.”

Charley Hoffman is the only realistic challenger, he is five shots adrift at -9 under par, after what normally would  have been a decent second round -4 under par 68. He hopes to be able to catch up, but recent history of Charlie playing on a Saturday has not been good;

“You’re watching one of the best players in the world play good golf right now. You obviously can feed off him. Hopefully I can try to catch him.”

“I can’t say why I played bad on Saturday the last couple weeks, I felt comfortable but got off to a couple bad starts, bad breaks those Saturdays.”

“But I don’t see that coming tomorrow at all. Hopefully it doesn’t.”

Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose are seven shots off the pace at -7 under par, and would need Jordan to go into reverse to even get close.

There are reports of the weather changing, some predicting rain, but I honestly can not see anything that could knock Jordan Spieth out of his record breaking blitz.

Some big names missed the cut, other big names made it through to the weekend, but they are twelve or more shots adrift, that’s two rounds of -6 under par, and that is just to get even !!!

Tiger wants the committee to set the course up for him;

“It’s quiet out there. There’s no sub-airs going, if they turn the sub-airs on, they can suck the moisture out of this thing and get them firm, or they can live with it like it is, and we can go out there and make a bunch of birdies.”

“So many holes to play and so many different things can happen, we don’t know what the conditions are going to be tomorrow, what the committee is going to do.”

I think it is a bit unrealistic for Tiger to expect the committee to drastically change a course, just to try and stop one player tearing it up.


The Quest for the Green Jacket. Day 1 Super Spieth Shows The Way at The Masters

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The quest for the Green Jacket has begun, and at the end of Day 1 super Jordan Spieth sits on top of The Masters leaderboard at Augusta.

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Jordan opened his account at The Masters with a superb first round of -8 under par 64, to sit on top of the leaderboard with a three shot lead at Augusta. He also becomes the youngest player ever to lead this tournament after the first round.

The fast start has worried his opponents, but has excited Jordan;

“I was excited about the way I struck the ball, I’m excited about the start.”

“It capped off a really fun round.”

“I played well last year, but I never broke 70.”

At the other end of the age scale Ernie Els is among the players all tied in second position after scoring -5 under par 67 for their opening efforts. Charlie Hoffman, Justin Rose and Jason Day complete the quartet sharing second spot.

Nobody would appreciate winning The Masters more that Ernie, he wants to leave Augusta wearing the famous Green Jacket;

“That’s the plan, we’ll see what happens.”

“I just felt comfortable, I felt at ease for some reason.”

“There’s definitely a different kind of mind‑set in the whole family coming up here, it’s more of an enjoyment.”

“We kind of are running out of time a little bit here, so we are really trying to enjoy what we’ve got left out here.”

“It’s been 21 years coming to Augusta. It’s been unbelievable, but nothing lasts forever. Samantha had a great time at the Par 3, and I just have a different appreciation, I think, for the place.”

This group is followed by Russell Henley and Sergio Garcia, both on -4 under par for the day.

Rory McIlroy’s opening tee shot, was the longest shot hit at Augusta all day, he finished at -1 under par, which would have been OK, except he is now seven shots off the lead, but he said he will just have to play better in round two;

“Today was a pretty good day. I feel like I can do better. But happy after Day 1 and go out and just try and do a little bit better tomorrow.”

“I haven’t put too much pressure on myself. Look, I obviously know what I can achieve this week, but I’m not letting myself think about it too much.”

Tiger was two shots further back after a first round +1 over par 73.

Tom Watson today became the oldest player to break par at The Masters,  shooting a marvelous opening round -1 under par 71.

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The opening tee shots came from Arnold, Jack and Gary.

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The Masters. Brilliant Bubba at his Best.

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Bubba Watson was at  his brilliant best as he won his second Green Jacket winning The Masters at Augusta National.

Bubba Watson held off 20-year-old Jordan Spieth to become the 17th player with multiple Masters wins. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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Bubba confidently cruised around Augusta National to card a final round -3 under par 69 and slipping on the Green Jacket once again. Apparently green is Bubba’s color;

“This one is a lot different, it’s almost like I lucked into it in 2012, and this one was a lot of hard work and dedication. After giving away that jacket last year, I wanted to get it back, I told Adam we should just kind of switch back and forth.  I never loved green so much.”

Jordan Spieth had to settle for a tie in second place with Jonas Blixt, both of them three shots adrift at -5 under par for the tournament.

Jordan said is was fun to be in the final group, but losing hurts;

” That was fun, but at the same time, it hurts right now, I wanted to get in contention on the back nine Sunday, but didn’t come out on top.”

After starting level with Bubba at the start of play on the final round, Jordan let it all slip away with some casual putting, carding a last round of level par 72. It was still an amazing tournament for the 20 year-old, and hopefully he will have learned a lot from this experience.

Jonas also enjoys playing in the Majors

“I think they are a lot of fun to play, it’s really tough. You beat your head in a little bit but you can’t beat yourself up too bad. The atmosphere, there are so many people here, the excitement of being here, it just adds to the experience. I love majors. I love when it’s tough. The harder the better.”


A very honorable mention must go to Miguel Angel Jimenez, next week this man will make his Champions Tour debut. He shot a final round of -1 under par 71 Sunday which gave him a creditable  fourth place on his own. He really wants a place on the next European Ryder Cup team;

I’m going to play only next week. I plan to focus myself for the Ryder Cup and then I need to play in the European Tour for that. If you don’t play over there you won’t have as good of chances. I would like to play on the Ryder Cup and I would like to help Europe defend the Ryder Cup. I would love to do that.”

This has been another very good golfing contest, both with the high standard of play, and the exquisite lay-out of the Augusta National course.


The Masters, Ginni Rommetyg

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Ginni Rommety, IBM CEO was at The Masters, in a pink jacket, however, not a green one. Ginni had a prime location just a few rows behind the 18th green, and appeared to be enjoying the golf, applauding good shots into the 18th green. She was seated in a in a lawn chair just a few rows behind the 18th green, and although she has been reported as preferring scuba diving to golf, she was savvy enough to know the good shots from the not so good.

Augusta has given membership to the last four CEO’s, all male of course, but has refused to offer Ginni a green jacket. How shallow of IBM not to stand up for it’s new female CEO. President Obama would not be where he is had not someone stood up for reform against prejudice. I also think it is time to abandon the stupid coveralls the caddies have to wear, that’s another tradition that just emphasizes  the difference between the working man and his boss.