Fred Allen Meyer
The 2014 Masters is in the books. With Tiger Woods out and Phil Mickelson missing the cut, many thought it would result in an uneventful tournament, but they were wrong.
This Masters resulted is a Sunday showdown that will never be forgotten. In round one, Bill Haas was the one that got off to the hottest start by posting a round of four under par, 68. Not far behind was last year’s Masters champion Adam Scott, and 2012 Masters Champion Bubba Watson. In round two, leader Bill Haas got off to a slow start by bogeying the first three holes. The rest of the day didn’t get any better for Haas – he ended up shooting 78. Once again, Bubba played extraordinarily, shooting a four under par 68 to take a three shot lead into the third round.
Twenty-year-old phenom Jordan Spieth, who’s playing in his very first masters, made a run at the lead in the third round. He was playing some of the best golf of his life under extremely pressured circumstances. While Spieth was making his move in the third round, Bubba and Adam Scott began to falter. Bubba shot a two over, 74 and Adam shot a four over, 76. Adam Scott was four down to begin the day, so his chances at winning back-to-back Green Jackets began to diminish. Bubba’s 74 moved him to five under on the tournament and into a tie with Jordan Spieth.
Jordan Spieth wasn’t the only one who made a big move in Saturday’s third round. Miguel Angle Jimenez shot a round of six under par to put him in a tie for third at three under par, only two shots back of leaders Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth. It was shaping up to be a Sunday showdown for the final round of the Masters between Watson and Spieth. Spieth got off to the best start of the tournament birdieing three of the first seven holes to take a two shot lead on Bubba Watson. With the par 5 eighth hole next Spieth bogeyed and Watson birdied which would put both in a tie going into hole nine. On hole number nine, Spieth hit it right and into the trees, which resulted in a bogey. Bubba drove it down the middle and hit a great shot into the green about twelve feet from the hole for birdie; Bubba sank the birdie putt resulting in a two shot swing. Bubba took a two shot lead heading into the back nine. Throughout the first five holes on the back nine, Bubba was playing like he really wanted the Green Jacket. He birdied two of the first five holes and on hole twelve, Spieth hit his tee shot in the water and made bogey. Bubba had a commanding three shot lead with three holes to play. Bubba had been in this position before, and it showed. He was as calm and confident as one could be in this position. He parred the final three holes to coast to his second Masters Victory in three years. I am sure Jordan Speith will be sporting a green jacket of his own sooner rather than later, 2014 just wasn’t his year. If Bubba keeps his composure like he did this past week, he will be favorited for several more victories in 2014, however none as sweet as the Masters!