What A Weekend At Augusta
The 2012 version of the Masters gave us a little bit of everything, from a double eagle to the Sunday favorite hitting a railing and getting a six on a par 3; and that was just on Sunday. From start to finish, this was one of the most entertaining Master's tournaments that we have ever witnessed.
Its difficult to pick a single storyline that stuck out during the last four days, but the most asked question had to be: what happened to Tiger? Woods came into this tournament with all the momentum in the world with a win at Bay Hill and two weeks to prepare for the most important golf tournament of the year. According to oddsmakers around the world, he came in as the favorite and for good reason. However, he never got anything rolling and his tantrum on Friday turned out to be the biggest story of the weekend. After a miserable shot on the par-3 16th, Tiger threw his club and kicked it 15 yards sending everyone to conclusions that he is not even close to being "back" at all. The typical saying of one step forward and two steps behind applies perfectly to Tiger and your guess is as good as mine determining when he will officially be "back" on top.
With all of the drama surrounding Tiger and Phil, it seems that everyone is forgetting about Rory McIlroy's collapse on Saturday. Considered another pre-tournament favorite, McIlroy shot a miserable front nine on Saturday taking him out of contention for the weekend, so why is everyone talking about Tiger and not Rory's collapse? In my eyes, it was actually worse than what Tiger did due to the fact that Rory played solid on Thursday and Friday and was legitimately in contention heading into the weekend.
Let's be honest, the triple bogey on #4 for Phil Mickelson opened up the door for everyone else to seize control of this tournament and Phil could never recover. After his debacle, it seemed to be a two man tournament between Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen. It was only fitting that they were paired together and ended up going to a playoff to determine who won the green jacket.
In the end, how can you not root for Bubba Watson as he is genuinely one of the "good guys" in golf and someone that every fan can root for. However, despite the drama on Sunday, TV ratings were down 22 percent from last year and one can only wonder if that was due to the fact Tiger was out of contention very early.
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