It’s Monday after the Masters, and I think everyone is still trying to digest what happened yesterday. While Danny Willett was winning the Masters, his brother Peter was winning Twitter. There were the aces at 16, including Louis Oosthuizen’s ace that was almost 2-in-1. And of course, there were the hot takes left and right on Jordan Spieth’s collapse, including a totally unrelated shot at Cam Newton.
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To assess how Masters week went for the “Better Than Most” crew, let’s throw it back to the consensus power rankings on Monday.
Consensus Power Rankings
|Player||Average Pick||Actual Finish|
This packed list of frontrunners coming in to the event had us all excited, and the near-unmeetable expectations were, shockingly, not met. It was a meh tournament for 63 holes, with no one stepping up to make a run at Jordan. Then the unthinkable happened at 12 (albeit after bogeys at 10 and 11 that will likely be all but forgotten in comparison to 12). These type of endings are not my favorite, because most people will remember Spieth’s collapse more than the rock solid finish by Danny Willett, who shot a bogey-free 67.
The overwhelming favorite coming in, Jason struggled with the back 9 repeatedly throughout the week. He opened with a -5 on the front nine on Thursday, before giving it all back on the closing nine, including a triple bogey on 16. For the week he played the front at -8 and the back at +9. Most of his troubles can be traced back to the Driver, as Jordan hit just 55% of fairways. Only Adam Scott posted a lower number of fairways hit out of players who made the cut.
Bubba came in off some good play after winning at Riviera, and as evidenced by his two green jackets, he clearly is comfortable at Augusta. This makes his poor performance surprising. He’s clearly still struggling with some issues with his temperament, though. When he wasn’t getting into it with fans, he was struggling to decide whether to blame misses on his caddy, the wind, or both.
What more can be said here? This is why in any golf tournament, but especially at majors, you fight for every single shot and never give up on the round. This can go in one of two ways for Jordan, but I hope it’s the route of being a learning lesson. Hopefully this is the lump he needed to take to ensure that he never becomes too complacent or satisfied with his success. Let’s also hope, for all of our American readers, that some aggression gets taken out on the European Ryder Cup team.
A baffling week by Adam at Augusta. The ballstriking that he displayed earlier this year was nowhere to be found last week, with Adam coming in dead last in fairways hit by players who made the cut, and 5th to last in greens. He was out of it almost immediately after an opening 76, and only survived to the weekend after an even par 72 on Friday while the field retreated backwards. Any hopes he had of a high finish were dashed on Sunday with three 3-putts.
Was in good shape after an opening 72, and even had it to -1 through 3 on Friday, but began a nosedive on the 7th with a double bogey. Even after bogeying 8 (how?), 9, 11 and doubling 15, he STILL had a chance to make the cut until another double at 16. To continue the theme, hard to understand how he could come in with such good form and such comfort with the course, and yet flop the way he did.
In contention for most of the tournament despite not really playing very well at all. I wouldn’t attribute that to toughness or incredible grinding for the week, but more on the ineptitude of the field. While he putting was a little suspect, especially on Saturday, no stat particularly sticks out as lacking for the week. His swing wasn’t ON like we have seen it before, but it wasn’t far off, either. Really, it seemed he just made a lot of questionable decisions and did not think his way well around the course. Some speculated that his caddie might be to blame, which drew the ire of @secrettourpro. I can’t comment one way or the other in that regard, but he will need to be sharper if he hopes to pick up another major or two this year.
A pair of 76’s ended Charl’s weekend before it started. His performance is yet another indicator that good form and good track record did not automatically lead to good scores in somewhat of a rare week at Augusta.
Predicted as a favorite by some, Rickie never really had a chance with his up and down play and propensity for big numbers.He immediately doubled his first hole of the tournament, before adding 3 birdies. He went wild on the back 9 and put up a double and a triple, along with two other bogeys for a first round 80. His 73 on Friday was a good number in tough conditions, and he ended up 6th in putts per green, but his 80 was too much to overcome. The fact that he hit less than 50% fairways and just over 50% greens shows he was nowhere near in the form necessary to compete. For Rickie fans, his up and down play has to infuriating.
This was a backdoor good finish by Henrik after a great 69 on Sunday. Otherwise he opened 72-75-78. Look to his putting as the main deterrent, as he had a whopping seven 3-putts for the week, including 3 on Saturday. From Friday to Sunday he trimmed his putts per hole from 2 to 1.39. If he had found the stroke earlier than Sunday, he might have been right in the mix.
Louis was done in by one bad round in tough conditions on Friday, posting a 77 to go along with an opening 72, and a pair of 71’s on the weekend. All is not lost for Louis, though, as he now has yet another amazing shot at Augusta to go along with the one he already had.
There was no backdoor top 10 here. Brandt was consistent all week, shooting 71-72-74-72. He just couldn’t avoid bogeys when he needed to, which all but negated most of his 14 birdies on the week. The real killer was the front 9 on Saturday, where birdies at 2 and 8 were lost to bogeys at 4, 5, and 7. I would anticipate him being a serious threat most weeks going forward through the early summer season and heading into Oakmont.
Justin’s T10 gives him back-to-back top 10’s at Augusta, although he was never really much of a threat for the week thanks to a 77 on Friday. Hard to argue with the swing, as he hit the 2nd most fairways on the week. If he can ever get the putter going (seven 3-putts on the week), he will be a serious threat.
Vijay opened with an 80-73, and was presumably on the same flight home as Rickie Fowler. The feel-good old player in contention that PAR called for in the Power Rankings was not Vijay, but rather Berhhard Langer. Runner-up goes to Larry Mize, who sneakily made the cut after a solid 73 in tough conditions Friday.
He was not on any of our radar’s heading into the Masters, and yet he wasn’t that far off of the radar after knocking on the door a few times during the Florida Swing. He knew this would be his breakthrough stage, though. Again, the way he went from 3 down to leading in one hole, and then proceeded to play the last 4 holes in -1 and show zero nerves being on the big stage was the stuff of champions. Considering the way he celebrated, I imagine there will be a little bit of a hangover this summer, but he is certainly even more of a player to keep on eye on now.