It was one heck of a Master’s weekend that was filled with a ton of surprises, a winner that meant more for the game of golf, and ratings that CBS wished they could improve after the fact.
Augusta National in April is just a different beast. I can’t complain that we got a Master’s in 2020 but it was definitely weird that it came in November. There is just something more special about the sun setting on number 16 as these guys come down the stretch in pursuit of a green jacket. And as a side note, is there any cooler trophy in sports than a green jacket that you can only wear on the premises of where you won it? I absolutely love it.
Hideki Matsuyama was by no means the favorite to win it all but he shrugged off past difficulties, got through some of the things that have plagued him in his career like putting and put on an absolute show on Saturday and Sunday to bring home not only his first green jacket but the first green jacket by a Japanese player. On top of that, he became the first male Japanese golfer to win a Majors Championship which will have a massive influence on Japan and golf in general in Asia.
It looked like we were going to have a showdown late on Sunday as we entered into the last few holes with Xander Schauffele closing in on Matsuyama but then it all came crashing down for him. On the Par 3, number 16 he scored a triple-bogey and it was all over after that. Instead of even finishing in second, he ended up coming in a tie for third which lost him just over half a million dollar.
“I fought hard,” Schauffele said. “I felt I made it exciting at the end. … I hit a perfect shot. We thought [the wind] was down left to right. It was not down left to right, and the rest is history.”
He is definitely right about that, he is going down in history for the collapse. All in all, Hideki didn’t get handed this win. It takes nerves of steel to come into 18 with a two-shot lead and hold it all the way through, especially after putting one in the sand on your second shot. He ended up winning by one stroke, just ahead of 24-year-old Will Zalatoris.
This Master’s had a ton of excitement and drama mixed with massive disappointment in guys like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Patrick Cantlay. The cuts were a huge shocker seeing as these guys were all near the top as favorites to win the whole damn thing but couldn’t pull it off. It was a blast to watch and I am glad how it all ended but there is no denying that as the final group wraps up their play at Amen Corner, there is a little bit of seasonal depression that comes along with it.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com