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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 141 - Masters Wrap
at certain stages of their career. Every mid-range putt had the inevitability of a two-foot tap-in. Chips and pitches were opportunities to produce magic, rather than chances to make mistakes. He was in rare air, and rattling in pressure putts like it was part of his warm-up routine. PART 3: A SHOW OF STRENGTH POWER plays don’t come any bigger than Spieth’s statement on the opening day of the Masters. His 8-under 64 struck a decisive mental blow, telling every player at Augusta that – this week at least – his best was going to be better than their best. The second-round 66 just rubbed their faces in it, even if the mild-mannered 21-year-old was quick to remind everyone that there were still two rounds to go. PART 4: THE POISE IT’S one thing to deal with the burden of leading the Masters after three rounds. Don’t even try to imagine how taxing it must be to sit atop the leaderboard for 54 holes. For such a young man, one of Spieth’s great strengths was to treat each and every shot with the same measure of composure and clarity. He was almost metronomic in his routine: Address ball, head up, head down, head up, head down, head up, head down, swing, stick it to within striking distance. While he later admitted he’d certainly made miscalculations and mistakes out there, you’d rarely have noticed it. PART 5: THE PUTT IN EVERY Masters success story, there are inevitably one or two moments that test a potential winner’s worthiness. Spieth’s refusal to give the field a look-in made it increasingly unlikely that he’d ever have to answer Justin Rose or Phil Mickelson’s challenges, but when Rose had a chance to birdie the par-3 16th hole and Spieth misfired his tee shot, that moment arrived. Faced with a downhill, six-foot putt with a decent whack of left-to-right, Spieth said he came face to face with his “nemesis”. “Those are putts I miss right – 90 per cent of the time I miss them. I stayed with my head down on that putt and just said, ‘you know, this is a huge moment. Let’s knock this thing in’,” he said. He knocked it in. “After Justin missed his ... it was almost like a tease for him. Could have been a two-shot swing. Instead, all square.” Game over. PART 6: THE EXCLAMATIONS ROSE, Mickelson and a few other players who brought their A-game to Augusta and still came up short will be shaking their heads this week. In any other year, right about now they’d be doing rounds of radio and TV appearances in a green jacket. But when someone breaks the 36-hole Masters scoring record, follows it up with the 54-hole record, collects an unprecedented 28 birdies and becomes the first wire-to-wire winner in 39 years, you can only smile and accept that there was nothing you could have done. It may have been the most impressive performance in Masters history, and time will tell whether it was the purplest of purple patches or a new minimum standard, eclipsing the one Tiger Woods set in 1997. Either way, it was a privilege to watch. OTG TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT ABOUT JORDAN SPIETH'S MASTERS VICTORY.
OTG Express 140 - The Masters
OTG Express 142