The Masters. Wonderful Willett Wins

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A wonderful final round from Danny Willett from England, won him The Masters tournament at Augusta, his first Major win.

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Danny fired a final round -5 under par 67, at Augusta,  to lift the first Major title of the year, The Masters, with a -5 under par total. His wife Nicole has just given birth to their first son Zachariah. Danny managed to sink vital putts at the right time;

“The little man was due today, obviously he listened to his dad.”

“This golf course is tough enough if you’re trying to hit shots in-between to firm greens.”

“But luckily we dropped in some good numbers down the stretch, which allowed us to be really aggressive.”

“It’s been crazy, you can’t really describe the emotions.”

“It’s my wife’s birthday back home today, my son was due today and he came 12 or 13 days early to let me come and play.”

“You talk about fate, you talk about everything else that goes with it. It’s just been a crazy, crazy week.”

“It was tough, every time we seemed to make ground, Jordan kept pulling ahead and were just trying to dig in and dig in and try and make birdies after birdies.”

“I thought we had to get to six or seven under and I look at the leaderboard and he’s already at seven.”

“It was just a very surreal day when you look back at the ebbs and flows. We’re just fortunate that the shots we hit were correct at that time and we holed a few putts when we needed to.”

Lee Westwood -3 under 69 today and Jordan Spieth, a very sad +1 over par 73, finished in a tie for second at -2  under par.

Lee commented;

“You come out and contend in the first major of the year, obviously I must be doing something right.”

Jordan collapsed with a quadruple seven at the 155 yard par three 12th hole;

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“Obviously, happy for Danny.”

“More important than golf, he’s had a lot of really cool things happen in his life.”

“Like he said, maybe fate had it this time for him.”

These guys were  a shot clear of Paul Casey -5 under 67 today, J B Holmes -4 under 68 and Dustin Johnson, -1 under 71, all with -1 under par totals for the tournament.

The Masters. Jumpy Jordan Still Hanging On.

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Jumpy Jordan Spieth still hanging on to The Masters lead after three rounds at windy Augusta.Spieth leads Masters by one

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Jordan dropped three shots on his last two holes in the third round of The Masters, or he would have a commanding lead heading into the final round tomorrow. A +1 over par 73 today, for tournament total of -3 under, means he only has a one shot advantage starting the last round tomorrow;

“I played better than I scored today.”

 “It was a really tough finish to go from holding a four-shot lead and being in a very similar position to last year to where all of a sudden now it’s anyone’s game, so it’s tough to swallow that.”

“I’m in the lead after 54 holes. If you told me that at the beginning of the week, I’d be obviously be very pleased. So it’s mixed feelings right now.”

“I played a really, really solid round, with just two bad shots at the end of the round.”

“If I look at it that way, we’re in good position. It just stinks that my score doesn’t reflect the way I played.”

Smylie Kaufman holds second place at -2 under par, he carded a wonderful -3 under par 69 in the very tough conditions.

Another under par player on the day was Bernhard Langer,

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the veteran golfer turned to his experience to card a -2 under par 70, to post -1 under for the competition, and tie for third place with  Hideki Matsuyama, even par 72 today.

Another shot back, at even par for the tournament, and T5, are Jason Day -1 under 71 today, Dustin Johnson and Danny Willett who both returned third round scores of even par 72.

Rory McIlroy had another of those days he would rather forget, +5 over par 77 today, dropping back to +2 over par for the tournament and T11 with Daniel Berger.

The way things are going this title is still up for grabs, anyone who shoots a low round tomorrow will put pressure on the rest. Rory could do that, and post a good score early on for the rest to catch.

The Masters. Jordan Hangs Onto Lead.

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Jordan Spieth  hangs onto his lead, by one shot over Rory McIlroy, at The Masters on a very difficult day at Augusta.

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For a while t looked liked Jordan would run away with the second round, leading at one point by five shots. After carding a second+2 over par 74 he finished the day with just a one shot advantage at -4 under par.

Talking about tomorrows final pairing with Rory, Jordan said;

“There’s the potential tomorrow for someone to shoot a few under and move up into the lead from outside the top 25.”

 “I mean, there’s a potential for that with what I saw on the last six holes today, the way the course was playing.”

“So I don’t think either one of us is focused on each other. I think we’re focused on the golf course.”

“Sure, it’s exciting to play with Rory. I enjoy it. He’s a great player and a lot of fun to be around. So I think we’ll just leave it at that and not think much more of it.”

“I’d rather be playing with someone less threatening to be honest. He’s certainly proven himself in majors.”

Rory, who was the only player in the top three under par today, =1 under 71, was very upbeat about the results today;

“I’ve been concentrating on myself out there, because if you start to think about anyone else;  I’ve only got the mental capacity to focus on me right now and especially how tough it is out there.”

 “Yeah, it would be great for the tournament and create a lot of buzz, but at the same time, I just need to focus on myself and make sure that I play another solid round of golf.”

Danny Lee, +2 over 74, from New Zealand, and Scott Piercy, even par 72 today,  share third place at -2 under par.

Søren Kjeldsen, +2 over 74, Hideki Matsuyama, even par 72 and Brandt Snedeker, even par 72 today,  are the only other players under par for the tournament, they are a further shot back at -1 under par.

World number one Jason Day shot +1 over par 73 in the second round,  to be on that total for the tournament, at T15.

If anyone goes under par tomorrow, they must be considered the favorite to win the Title.

Among those missing the cut the were Phil Mickelson, +7 over 79 today, Zach Johnson +8 over 80, and Rickie Fowler +1 over 73, and poor old Ernie Els, who never recovered from carding 9 on his opening hole of the tournament,

 

The Masters. Jordan Jumps In Front.

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Jordan Spieth, the defending Champion jumps in front of the pack after the first round of The Masters at Augusta.

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Jordan carded a bogey free first round at a windy Augusta of -6 under par 66 to lead The Masters by two shots, and was happy to tell everybody why, and of course the putts are dropping;

“I enjoy this tournament more than anywhere else.”

 “It’s easy for us. We don’t have any or many distractions in our preparation, and we enjoy that you’re able to kind of feel like you get enough done and you have enough time to do everything, and I think that’s useful when we start on the first hole.”

“I just didn’t feel confident after the first couple mid‑iron shots I hit, I didn’t feel confident over the ball with irons.”

“It was extremely special to stay bogey‑free on a day like today at the Masters.”

“We’re through one round, there’s going to be a lot of different changes. There are going to be a lot of different birdies, bogeys and everything in between.”

“We know how to win this golf tournament, and we believe in our process. And if the putts are dropping, then hopefully it goes our way.”

Sharing second place are Danny Lee and Shane Lowry, both at -4 under par.

Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Soren Kjeldson and Sergio Garcia are tied in fourth position at -3 under par.

Justin was happy with his score today;

“That’s an unexpected good score. When you look at the leaderboards, the guys are obviously figuring it out and able to get round the course today.”

“I’d have taken 69 before teeing off.

“If you look at this tournament last year, I don’t think I did anything wrong particularly, I just got beaten by a record performance.”

“I was right there. I was shooting good scores, good numbers, I was just beaten by some really great performances.”

“I’m not trying to change gears or do anything different, just keep knocking on the door.”

Ian said there is still a long way to go, and anything could happen;

“There’s a long way to go. Six years ago I had a couple 68’s, and it’s never over around this golf course.”

“We’ve seen it from a lot of players through the years. I’m up to the challenge, but obviously it’s round one.”

“Things don’t really happen until the back nine on Sunday. So between now and then there’s a lot of good golf needs to be played before you put yourself in position to have a go at anybody.”

Not a good Day for World number one Jason, as he carded an even par opening round of 72. Rory McIlroy is in the group at -2 under par, and admitted it could have been better, but he is still happy;

“I’m happy with how I played, happy with the score in the end.”

“It could have been a couple better but, at the end of the day, being here on a tough day in the top ten and still within touching distance of Jordan, I’m pretty pleased with that.”

“If someone had have given me a 70 on the first tee, I probably would have taken it. It was a tricky day.”

“Being in the position on the 16th tee where I was four under par. I was probably thinking on the 16th tee I could sneak another one or two out of this round and to start going the other way is disappointing.”

“But I feel like I can get off to a good start tomorrow and pick those shots up again in the first few holes and just get off and running again.”

 

The Quest for the Green Jacket. Day 4. Wire to Wire Winner Jordan

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Jordan Spieth duly became the fifth wire to wire winner of The Masters at Augusta following his record breaking four days of competition.

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Jordan carded a final round -2 under par 70 to win his Green Jacket, with a record equaling -18 under par total. He was never really challenged during the day, where he started and finished with a four shot lead. He still said it was a test of nerves;

“It was very nerve-wracking.”

“I thought it might be easier today than yesterday but it wasn’t. I did not sleep well last night. With two major champions right behind me I could not let up.”

“It’s the most incredible week of my life. This is as great as it gets in our sport. It’s a dream come true for me.”

“I did not break 70 last year even having a chance to win so to shoot some low scores and hear those roars is very special.”

“I saw my friends and family behind the green and knew it was a done deal. It did not kick in there and it still has not kicked in. I am still in shock a little bit.”

“It was cool to share that experience with them because they have not been there the couple of times I have won.”

Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson shared second place at -14 under par, Phil had a last round -3 under par 69, which included an Eagle from the bunker at the par five 15th hole, while Justin had -2 under par 70 last round.

Justin reported that he and Jordan got off to a great start, and also remembered his mistakes;

“It was a great start for Jordan and myself with two birdies in the first three holes, but the key moment for me was not getting up and down from right of the eighth and three-putting the ninth.”

Fourth spot went to Rory McIlroy, at -12 under par, recovering somewhat to shoot one of the low rounds of the day -6 under par 66, and stays at number one in the world.

Rory was pleased for Jordan;

“It’s awfully impressive, it’s nice to get your major tally up and running at an early stage in your career.”

“It’s great to see, great for the game, and I’m sure there will be many more.”

“If someone had told me I would finish 12 under at the start of the week I would have taken it and sat back and seen where I finished.”

“Jordan started fantastically well and has kept his foot down and been really impressive.”

 

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.