When Jim Nantz gave us his signature line to covering a golf tournament he must’ve been talking about just a few of them because according to the overnight returns no one was watching. “Hello Friends” is usually the way Nantz greets his viewers when we turn on a tournament being covered by CBS, but yesterday was one of those times when you just couldn’t get excited to see the drama unfold on the most pristine, and beautiful course in America. Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth entered yesterday tied for the lead, but the tournament was quickly over before the drama could even get started.
Jordan Spieth was a name no one had heard of unless you were the truest of golf fans, and without household names like Tiger and Phil done before the weekend, the casual golf fan was probably going to pass. Jordan Spieth may in a few years be as big of a name as Phil, Rory, and Tiger; and with his performance this weekend you can see why he’s so highly regarded as the next big thing.
Be that as it may the tournament on Sunday got off to a rousing start as Spieth showed composure and grit, while quickly jumping out to a two shot lead on Watson. Spieth’s highlight of the day was chipping in from the bunker on four to birdie the hole and keep the pressure on Bubba. Watson never backed down despite being down by a couple shots and the kid proceeded to fold not too long after his remarkable save.
The Masters didn’t need to be decided on the back-nine because on the eight and ninth holes of the course the drama was over. Spieth bogeyed both of those holes while Watson birdied to cause a four-shot change swing. After that it was a walk in the park literally as Watson easily captured his second green jacket in three-years to become just a handful of golfers to do so. While Spieth was struggling to keep his composure, Watson continued to stay steady and make no mistakes allowing the young phenom back in the match.
Had Spieth won he would’ve changed the history books, but because he didn’t and the pressure got to him, I won’t go into detail as to what he would’ve accomplished. As for now the top golfers in the world are being replaced by youth, and parity is taking over the PGA Tour. No one associated with the sport itself is greeting this change, and the lowest Masters ratings since 2004 proves this to be evident.