Quite an interesting Masters.
I am happy Scott broke through. He's always been that guy who has all the tools but never seemed to put it all together. Maybe we see the Majors effect on him and he'll be able to go forward from here.
Augusta was interesting too. The penalties were the big part obviously but also the weather, played a major part in the tournament. Those greens went from silly fast to silly slow, I'm actually surprised that the scores were as low as they were.
But to penalize the kid for slow play? I saw a golfer stare at a shot for 5 minutes, take a ton of practice swings, address the ball, step off, take another few practice swings, address again, do that golfer hand raising thing about 7 times, and then finally swing. A single shot. If I was on a local course and took that long on my shots I'd have been spoken too.
My point is all pro golfers take too long. They seem to pick and choose who to enforce though. I have no problem enforcing it but it needs to be equally. Maybe they should have a shot clock.
Yet again Tiger's flat stick let him down, which is weird because he was on fire to start the year on the greens. Yet again he plays well at the Masters, but not well enough.
Finally: any Australians here? Is this really as big a deal as they're making it out to be? I couldn't think of any parallel to get into the mind frame, since the U.S. is pretty successful at all the sports we care about. But I did think about how my biggest sporting wish is to see the USMNT win a World Cup. Is it akin to that? How big is golf down under?