The dude’s 20 … he’s got time, insane talent and the full respect and attention of the golf intelligentsia. Older men, older major champions, have cracked in the crazy kiln of Master’s Sunday.
So it almost goes without saying that Jordan Spieth will have the lead again on the final day of a major, and next time, or the time after that, he’ll close the deal. Until he does, he’ll have another “youngest” distinction clinging to him.
Youngest “Best Player to Have Never Won a Major.”
The Bubba bounce
He’ll be making the rounds of the talk shows, and being Bubba. Am I the only one who’s weary of his Bubba-ness? His schtick got old after his first Master’s … did he hire better writers this year?
Another question: Where were the veteran pros in contention at the start of Sunday, a bunch of good players, at the end? Where was the drama? The heat was applied by a 20-year-old, who tied for second with Jonas Blixt, who was a Master’s rookie but nearly a decade older than Spieth.
Miguel Angel Jimenez made some noise for a while, and so did Matt Kuchar, but they couldn’t push through. By all accounts Kuchar is a good guy, cursed for all time, I expect, by being the nicest “Best Player to Have Never Won a Major.”
In the realm of “-est”s, Jimenez’s is pretty simple: Coolest, attested by the video-gone-viral of his booty-shaking warm-up act.
Insight where you least expect it
Bill Haas was the first-round leader, and was smooth in doing it. By early in Friday’s second round, however, the TV commentators were saying he was too quick, out of rhythm, out of sorts, and as it turned out, the pundits were right. It didn’t show in his score until the back nine, but the bogeys started coming, and by the end of the tournament he was out of contention and damn near out of sight.
Golf has too many elements in play to make commenting on it any kind of easy, but these guys are experts — just ask them. Sometimes, a guy who talks about golf for a living sees something, and it bears out. Who would have predicted that?