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#WNSTSweet16 Masters Moments of the last 30 years

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#WNSTSweet16 Masters Moments of the last 30 years

Posted on 08 April 2014 by Drew Forrester

The greatest golfing event in the world deserves its own list.

I’d like to think this one is right up my alley, particularly since I literally recorded every final round of the Masters (on those things called “VHS tapes) from 1986 through 2003.

I can tell you what Ashworth shirt Fred Couples was wearing when he won in 1992.  I remember what major league baseball team logo he wore on his sleeve in the Friday round of the ’92 Masters.  Do you?  How about 1998 when O’Meara won?  What was the name of the guy who had his first major title sewed up until O’Meara went birdie-birdie to steal the title?  When Angel Cabrera won in 2009, he edged Kenny Perry and some other guy you probably don’t remember in a playoff.

I remember all three of those things:  for the record, it was, in order, Florida Marlins, David Duval and Chad Campbell.

I can also tell you the sixteen most memorable Masters “moments” of the last 30 years, which you are about to read here.  Please note, before we start, you will NOT see anyone “winning” as a moment.  You might see someone making a winning putt as a “moment”, but you aren’t going to see Vijay Singh winning the 2000 Masters as a memorable “moment”.  Reason?  It wasn’t.

So, here, without further adieu, the Sweet 16 Masters Moments of the last 30 years.

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Drew’s Morning Dish – Mon., April 15

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Drew’s Morning Dish – Mon., April 15

Posted on 15 April 2013 by Drew Forrester

Greg Norman couldn’t do it.

But the guy all of Australia said was “the next Greg Norman” finally did.

Good on ya mate.

Adam Scott proved once again what anyone who plays golf seriously already knew.  It always comes down to putting.  Scott’s 20-footer at 18 in regulation, the 4-footer at the first playoff hole, and the 12-footer that won him the green jacket were all putts he’ll remember forever, particularly since two of them were of the “miss or go home” variety.

That he coughed up the British Open in the final hour last July makes Sunday’s win at the Masters even more gratifying.  He won’t be this generation’s Colin Montgomerie, a player with great talent who brushed up against a major title or two but never could close the door.  Now, with this win, Scott likely will be a force in major championship golf for as long as puts in the work that’s required to win one of golf’s four majors.

He’s no longer “the best player without a major championship”.

That’s a great way to wake up on a Monday morning.

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Good luck Alex Len.

You’re gonna get your feelings hurt, kid.

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Don’t look now, but if the season ended today (man, I HATE when people say that…it’s NOT ending today), Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox would be your Cy Young winner.  In three starts, his ERA is 0.41 and his WHIP is 0.95.  He can’t pitch every day, though, which means the Red Sox are doomed for a .500 or so finish.  But for years, people have been talking about this guy as a Cy Young-type and in 2013, albeit over three starts, he’s showing that form.

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I completely understand (I don’t like it — but I understand) why the folks at Augusta didn’t DQ Tiger Woods on Saturday morning.  They took the liberty of invoking  a new rule put in place by the R&A and the USGA in 2011 that basically says “a penalty of disqualification can be waived if the circumstances are deemed extraordinary…”  In this case, it would appear as if Tiger not knowing the rules — or, admittedly, trying to nudge his way past one of the one without anyone noticing — is now an “extraordinary circumstance”.  And, further, it would appear that Augusta National’s inability to correctly deal with Tiger’s rules blunder on Friday afternoon is also now labeled “an extraordinary circumstance”.  I’m a big Tiger Woods fan, but the fact he played in the Masters on Saturday and Sunday is disappointing.  I like golf the way it used to be played.  If you broke a rule and it was caught during the round, before you signed your card, there was a penalty.  If you broke a rule and it wasn’t discovered until after you signed your card, you were then disqualified for having signed an incorrect scorecard.

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I also understand why folks lashed out at Adam Jones after his bubble-blowing faux pas on Friday night in New York.  It looks like you’re hot dogging when you blow a bubble in the middle of an effort to make a play, in the same way it would be considered hot dogging if the second baseman caught a grounder and instead of throwing it to first base the “traditional way” he instead decided to throw it behind his back to first base.  I don’t think Jones was hot dogging it on Friday night.  I think blowing bubbles while you’re trying to play professional baseball looks dumb, personally, but I’m of the belief he simply made an error.  Nothing more.

Talk to you tomorrow.

DF

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Adam Scott a loser?  No way…

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Adam Scott a loser? No way…

Posted on 23 July 2012 by Drew Forrester

Move over Greg Norman, someone coming down the aisle needs a seat.

In fairness to Norman, he never came close to giving away a major championship the way Adam Scott hand-delivered the British Open to Ernie Els on Sunday.  Norman had plenty of final round major heartbreaks, but only one (’96 Masters) was a collapse he authored.  The rest were a result of improbable circumstances biting him at the worst time.

That a player of Scott’s caliber couldn’t make a par over the final hour on Sunday isn’t only shocking, it’s potentially career-slowing. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it career-threatening, because he’s already had a great run at age 32, but Sunday’s meltdown could take a while for Scott to digest.

A friend sent me a text right after Scott’s 12-foot par putt slid just left of the hole to give Els the Claret Jug and asked, “How will he ever recover from that?”

My reply:  ”He probably won’t.”

Lots of tournament golfers have horror stories like the one Scott authored on Sunday.

I can speak freely about it because I produced a late-round collapse in 2007 while trying to qualify for the U.S. Mid Amateur at the Country Club of Petersburg.  Standing on the 16th tee, I was -2 for the day and knew from past experience that even par was likely to get in, with two qualifying spots available to the field of 80 players.  For some reason, and who knows why on earth I would have EVER said this to myself, I thought…”the only thing I have to avoid are three bogeys and I’m going to Bandon Dunes (site of the national event).”

You know exactly what happened.

I made bogey at 16, missed a five-footer for par at 17 and was lucky to make a bogey at 18 when I somehow willed in a 20-footer to finish at +1 for the day.

I missed the national event by two shots.  I have no idea why on earth I would have had a silly conversation with myself as I prepared for the final three holes.  It was clearly the wrong thing to lodge in my brain…and I certainly learned from it, because since that day I’ve handled several late-round leads in tournaments or club events much better than I did that day in Virginia.

All I needed to do was par the last three holes and I was in.  That’s always easier said than done, particularly in amateur golf where we’re all less experienced and skilled than guys like Ernie Els and Adam Scott.

Three straight pars and I’m in the U.S. Mid-Amateur championship.

But I couldn’t do it.  And neither could Adam Scott on Sunday, although the stakes he was playing for were obviously much greater.

I don’t know what went through Scott’s mind on the 15th tee of the final round.  I can’t imagine he said something to himself as stupid as, “OK you dummy, just don’t bogey these last four holes and you win the British Open.”  I assume he just went about his business the way he had for the first 68 holes. Somehow, though, he gave it all away with four straight bogies.

I don’t know how you recover from it if “recovering from it” translates to winning a major title.  Lots of guys have sniffed major championship and handed them to someone else in the final hour and never bounced back from their failings.  Guys like Mike Reid, Scott Hoch, Mike Donald, Len Mattiace, John Cook, Jean Van de Velde and Colin Montgomerie all gave away glory on the final holes, either missing a key putt or hitting an errant shot at the worst time late in the round.  None of those players ever recovered, although it’s fair to point out that Montgomerie’s final fling with a major at the ’06 U.S. Open came near the end of his competitive career.

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