Ah it’s April. March Madness is wrapping up. The sun is staying up later. Birds can be heard chirping again which may or may not be a welcome sound.
April also signifies that golf tournament down in Georgia called The Masters. It is also the Super Bowl of golf. This realization came to me in grade 8. The Monday after the 1996 Masters all my classmates were talking about the final round that year. Of course who could forget Greg Norman’s epic six stroke collapse to eventual champion Nick Faldo.
This is just one of the many great Masters moments. The course and setup lends itself to amazing moments every year. Based on the play of the world’s best golfers, the 2013 edition will not let us down.
Tiger Woods has found his game with three early season wins. A slew of young challengers are ready to take the green jacket away from the odds on favorite Woods.
Now before starting my Internet marketing business, I use to be a Golf Professional. And every Sunday I would sit in front of the TV for 4+ hours waiting for the drama and amazing moments to unfold.
But you don’t have to be a Golf Professional like me to enjoy this event. To get you in the spirit of Masters week, I wanted to share with you five great moments in Masters final round history.
Golf has changed a lot over the years. The technology advancements have made the game easier in many regards.
However it has made curving the golf ball difficult. Players are not able to put as much spin on the ball to curve like they use to.
That’s why I love the way 2012 Master Champion Bubba Watson plays golf.
After all, what’s not to love about a guy who can hit it in the woods and recover like this….
Before Tiger there was Boom Boom better know as Fred Couples. Couples plays the game aggressive. He hits it long, has a great touch around the greens and his carefree attitude is adored by golf fans everywhere.
So when Freddie was in contention to win the 1992 Masters, everyone was pulling hard for him. But all Freddie fans know he has to battle the choke factor.
This was evident when his ball almost fell victim to Rae’s Creek on the famous par 3 12th. The golf gods were shinning down on Freddie this day though. Instead of having his ball roll back in the water like all others, his stayed up on the bank.
This stroke of good fortune was the reason Freddie was able to hit the chip close and escape with a par 3. That was the difference as he won by two strokes.
Take it away Mr. Cheadle…..
In 2010 Phil Mickelson was chasing down his 3rd green jacket. But in between him and the 13th green was a tree and Rae’s Creek.
Many would choose to layup and try to make birdie another way. Not golf’s biggest show man…..
2005 was a year where it looked like Tiger might falter in a final round. He had never been beaten heading into a final round of a major with the lead.
That all might have changed if this didn’t happen….
Professional Golf is a young man’s game. But the game’s greatest wasn’t having any of that in 1986.
At the age of 46 Jack Nicklaus was on the verge of something really, really special. Heading into the final round Jack was 4 shots back but there was a bunch of golfers in front of him. Passing all of them would take a low round and some major collapses.
Well, that’s what happened. As the players in front of him started to see his name rise on the leaderboard, they all crumbled like cookies.
By the time he reached the 17th, he was tied for the lead. Here’s his birdie putt to take sole possession of the lead….
Augusta National is the golf course on the planet. When the best golfers in the world tee it up there, amazing moments are bound to happen.
No matter if you’re a golfer or not, I suggest you at least tune in for the back nine on Sunday. Here’s a list of TV times.
See you on the couch!
Jordan J. Caron is former Golf Professional turned Internet marketing consultant. Every Masters Sunday he can be found on a coach somewhere drinking a few Scotch’s and eating some terribly unhealthy food.