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A Masters to Remember… and Forget

April 10, 2011

There are few things to be enjoyed more in this life than spending one of the first nice sunny Spring days of the year lounging on the couch watching Sunday at The Masters. It might not be the tradition that Jim Nantz refers to every year, but it certainly is unlike any other.

This year’s vintage, while not always the best golf in the world, had plenty of excitement. When the dust settled, there were really two stories: young Rory McIlroy’s collapse on the final 9, and eventual winner Charl Schwartzel’s highlight reel that carried him to a green jacket (and a third if you want to talk about Adam Scott with his unorthodox putter and lying up on 13. Fortunately, he’s obviously family, so I’ll overlook how he Norv Turner’d Augusta’s best shot at an eagle, settling for par and losing by two strokes).

First, Mr. Schwartzel, helluva day on the course. Two crazy chip ins. Finishing strong with back-to-back birdies. On a day when so many folks played hot potato with the lead (eight guys had a share of the lead on the back 9), the guy with the funny name took the lead and held it with an authority you just don’t see enough of in Majors. Tip of the hat to you, sir.

As for McIlroy, you have to feel for the 21-year-old from Northern Ireland. When I was 21, the most pressure I had to handle was getting up at 9:45 twice a week to make it to my 1-credit soccer class in Cole Field House on time, and suffice it to say that the B I got reflects that I wasn’t always successful. After leading for 63 holes, the wheels came off the bus in one of the worst ways possible, and it was difficult to watch. Spraying golf balls around the course, Rory found less grass than the opposite of what Federal Police found in the back of former Dallas Cowboy Nate Newton’s trunk last year.

The future will decide whether or not this will be seen as the last hurdle or a sign of things to come, but for now, Rory has to try to put the string of miserable shots behind him and look ahead. With as bad as it was, and it was pretty bad, seeing his classy post match interview and tweets, I think he’s going to be okay.

And hey, if I can figure out how to successfully win at the roll of the dice that is waking up with my alarm for work every morning, really anything is possible.

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  1. April 11, 2011 2:18 am

    Great post man. What an amazing Masters, one of the best I’ve ever seen in my life for sure. It was painful to see Rory McIlroy collapse in the manner that he did, especially for such a young kid to go through something like that wasn’t a pretty site. However, it once again was a little frustrating to see another supposed great talent to falter down the stretch of a major tournament and even though it wasn’t surprising to see I would like to see someone step up every now and then on a consistent basis. At this point in time I’m not sure whether I see McIlroy being the guy but at least it opened the door for another guy to step up in Schwartzel who did a tremendous job on Sunday. There were so many guys in contention that it was just fun to sit back and watch the action unfold. Golf is back in a big way and the Masters again helping show why April is the best sports month of the year. Also, you think you could check my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/rory-McIlroy -another-wasted-talent/

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