The Masters – A Run Down of the Four Days
Another year, another green jacket has been handed out to the current best golfer in the world. This year it happened to be Charl Schwartzel of South Africa with a thoroughly deserved win. The tournament looked set to be left in the hands of McIlroy who led the race at the end after the first three rounds.
McIlroy was in scintillating form after the first day of the 75th Majors finishing seven under par and three strokes ahead of American Matt Kuchar. This was just the start he was looking for with even the favourite and current champion Phil Mickelson and past Master and celebrity Tiger Woods struggling on par after the first day.
The second day didn’t get much better for the past champions and saw McIlroy held his place with the old dog Tiger clawing his way back into contention with some great putting, but it was the new generation of golfers that continued to excite on the second day. Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Alvaro Quiros, Ricky Barnes, Ricky Fowler and Charl Schwartzel seem to be the next big hitters and I would expect these to be the names of winners for any Major tournament for the next decade or so.
The third day was a little slower with only a few of the golfers finishing below par for the third day, this is when Schwartzel started getting into his form potting the first and last two in birdie’s and finished without any bogeys for the day he really started getting a feel for the Augustus course.
The fourth and final round was one of sheer excitement with the Aussies Scott, Day and Ogilvy all putting fantastically in the second half of the course and Northern Irish new-comer Rory McIlroy completely scupper his chances by melting down in the final round. The 21 year old failed to find his scintillating form of the first day losing a four stroke lead at the final round, he struggle on the front 9 but it was from hole 10 that Rory really started to unfold with a 4 putt.
Whereas Schwartzel was hitting them in left right and centre with an eagle on the third hole and a series of birdies to take the lead off a fading McIlroy, Tiger Woods of old would have found his form in the back 9 and showed glimpses with an eagle and two consecutive birdies in the front 9 but failed to regain control.
Schwartzel thoroughly deserved his first green jacket with strong and consistent play in the first three rounds to cap off the tour with a stunning display to win by coming in 6 under par on the final round.
Andy is more enthused with the technology in place on the golf course and works on behalf of a golf trolley batteries shop selling a variety of golf batteries and other Motorcycle batteries. Follow him on Twitter @andym23.