Nick Faldo waited until the very last second to break out one of the most bizarre announcers calls in golf history as the Masters came to a close on Sunday.
Patrick Reed won the first major championship of his career by posting a score of 15-under for the tournament, which was one stroke better than Rickie Fowler. With Fowler in the clubhouse at 14-under, Reed needed a par on the 18th hole to capture the green jacket. As he was waiting to putt, Faldo quoted the song “Radioactive” from the band Imagine Dragons.
Jordan Spieth has been at or near the top of the leaderboard in each of his five Masters appearances, so no one was surprised to see him add to the drama on Sunday. But at one point, Spieth went on such a hot streak that he seemed to shock himself.
Spieth made several birdies on the back nine, but none were better than the long putt he drained at the par-3 16th hole. When the putt rolled in, Spieth turned to his caddie Michael Greller and said “are you kidding me?”
Charley Hoffman was one of the dark horse candidates to win the 2018 Masters, but he did not quite play well enough through four rounds to get the job done. He did, however, save his best moment for the final round on Sunday.
Hoffman stepped up to the 16th tee and hit one of the best shots of the tournament, and it rolled right into the hole.
It has been two years since Jordan Spieth endured one of the most historic collapses in golf history at Augusta National, but the three-time major champion clearly has not forgotten about it.
Those who watched the Masters in 2016 saw Spieth blow a huge lead during the final round, and the biggest reason for that was the 7 he carded at the par-3 12th hole. When his tee shot safely cleared the creek and landed just off the green on the same hole Sunday, Spieth mocked himself by raising his hands in the air.
As you can see, the crowd loved it. Perhaps keeping things loose was helpful for Spieth, because he ended up knocking down a long birdie putt.
We saw Spieth get testy with a cameraman after his meltdown two years ago, and it was tough to blame him. The best thing he can do for his career is put that round of golf behind him, and it seems like he has done just that.
Jon Rahm was very much in the mix during the final round of the Masters on Sunday, and the 23-year-old Spaniard even surprised himself at one point after he thought he hit a costly shot.
Rahm made birdie on the 7th hole after hitting a beautiful approach shot into the green. The funny thing was he seemed disgusted with the shot, as he turned to his caddie and said “that is in the bunker” in a very frustrated tone.
McIlroy charged forward on Saturday at Augusta, having come into the day at 4-under-par, five back of Patrick Reed, who led the field through 36 holes. McIlroy erased that deficit within the first eight holes of play on day three, moving into a share of the lead with an eagle on No. 8.
Tiger Woods got himself into trouble early during the second round of the Masters on Friday, and he ended up in a spot that many casual weekend golfers can relate to.
After missing the fairway with his tee shot on the par-4 5th hole, Woods had to search for his ball for quite a while before eventually finding it settled in some heavy brush. He had to take an unplayable, and his only option was punching the ball out of the woods and into a bunker.
Phil Mickelson will go down as one of the biggest risk-takers golf has ever seen when his Hall of Fame career comes to a close, and those risks do not always pay off. We saw an example of that during the second round of the Masters on Friday.
After he hit his tee shot into some pine straw on the par-4 9th hole, Mickelson tried to get his ball as close to the green as possible by sneaking it around a tree. The approach backfired, and Mickelson ended up hearing a clunking sound no golfer ever wants to hear.
Phil Mickelson goes from bad to worse, rings it off a tree and buries it in the bushes, had to take a drop pic.twitter.com/oTk0bI2W3t
Mickelson’s second shot was unplayable, so he had to take a penalty stroke and hit his fourth from roughly the same spot. He ended up carding a triple-bogey on the hole, which dropped him from just one shot behind the leaders to four shots back at the time.
Like the true veteran that he is, Mickelson bounced back with a birdie on the very next hole. We’ve already seen the three-time Masters champion do some very Phil-like things at Augusta this year (perhaps none crazier than this shot during the first round), and we will probably see a few more before the weekend is over.
Sergio Garcia ruined his chances of repeating as Masters champion in 2018 with a single hole on Thursday, but he is handling it about as well as you could expect.
Garcia carded a 13 — that’s right, 13 — on the par-5 15th hole at Augusta National during the first round of the Masters after he put five balls into the water. The scene looked like one right out of the movie “Tin Cup,” and Garcia addressed it on Friday morning.
What happened on 15 @TheMasters yesterday was unfortunate for me and it hurt but I tried to handle it like a Masters Champion should. That same hole gave me that green jacket last year so we might end up naming our next kid Firethorn after all, funny man! https://t.co/vMIDTMGhrf
For those of you who don’t get the reference, Garcia and his wife Angela Akins welcomed their first child last month. They named the little girl Azalea, which was an appropriate choice given that it is also the name of the 13th hole at Augusta. It was on that hole that Garcia made an incredible par during the final round of the Masters last year that set him up for the first major championship of his career. The hole got off to a bad start when he had to take a one-stroke penalty after his drive ended up under an azalea bush.
As Garcia alluded to, the 15th hole also treated him pretty well a year ago. He played the hole at 4-under for the tournament and eagled it during the final round. While the video of him putting balls in the water on Thursday is tough to watch, Garcia has plenty of good memories from the Masters to help comfort him.