Our 2020 Masters Review
Well for the first time in a long, long while I had the pleasure of watching all 4 days of this year’s Masters.
Albeit a very autumnal looking Augusta this year, what a pleasure it was to have it on our tv screens in what has been such a challenging year.
We all knew scoring records would be under threat this week knowing how soft Augusta would be playing and how far these guys hit it. The undulating greens, usually being the protection to low scoring sadly didn’t really play apart as the players were able to take dead aim and fire away on most of the holes.
All the talk pre-tournament was about Bryson after he tamed Wingfoot not so long ago however his game plan clearly didn’t work in the early rounds which left him out of contention after barely making the cut. (will we see a different strategy in 5 months’ time?)
Through 2 rounds it was great to see the top 3 players in the world on the first page of the leaderboard. Something we all believed would lead to an extremely exciting back 9 at Augusta on Sunday (that’s where it all starts apparently).
It turned out not to be the case. The inform player coming in was DJ having finished 2nd the week before in Houston and looking at his previous tournament records post Lockdown 1.0, have been exemplary leading to a FedEx Championship several other top 3 finishes and tops 10’s in all the majors so far.
In his last 6 rounds of golf he has amassed an outstanding 32 under par at the highest level. Unbelievable golf which left the rest of the field in his wake. Breaking the record of -18 by 2 shots Dustin comfortably went about his business as he always does rain or shine and won the last major of the year by 5 shots.
Rory played himself out of the tournament after round 1 finishing the day 10 shots behind the leaders. John Rahm managed to stick with DJ for 2 rounds, but I think playing with him on Saturday was the turning point watching his anger, frustration and excuse of mud balls get the better of him.
And Tiger, well he clearly wasn’t 100 percent as he walked the fairways gingerly and struggled at times to pick the ball out of the hole. His 10 on the par3 12th will have made headlines yet the way he bounced back was pure and utter class birding 5 of the last 6 holes. That’s why he’s the GOAT!!!!
All in all it was a very different Masters than what we are used to seeing, “but hey we got to see Augusta again for another year” and a lot more of the course than we normally would.
A massive well done to Augusta National and their team for putting on yet another 1st class Masters but roll on 5 months’ time when its back to harder greens, those beautiful azaleas and not to mention the proper and only pin placement that is on the iconic 16th hole Par 3. “please don’t do that again ever”.
I Hope you're all buzzing like I am to go and play some golf after watching The Masters this year, don’t forget we are still offering Click and Collect here at AFGolfStore Cambridge and all diaries are open for post lockdown December. This applies for custom fitting, group and individual golf lessons.
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