Monday, 14 March 2016

Charl Schwarzel Looks Good for Augusta

With two wins on the European Tour, and now an impressive win on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook, Charl Schwarzel looks to be another favourite heading into Augusta this year.  It seems, particularly at the Masters, that nothing succeeds like success with the number of multiple winners there over the years.  Charl joins Bubba and Adam Scott as two other Masters champions who seem to be in top form right now.

Form is something that comes and goes in this game, so one never really knows whether these three can carry that form into Augusta, or will someone else peak at the just the right time?  Louis Oosthuizen, with a recent win, just might get the job done after his near win there a few years ago.  What is clear is that there is a definite knack to playing Augusta National.  As Arnie has said, it's all about angles--angles and leaving yourself below the hole.

It was a rather poor final round again by Jordan Spieth at Valspar.  He really looked uncomfortable out there and quickly started heading in the wrong direction, missing a very makeable birdie putt on the first hole that seemed to set the tone for the day.  No, as a few critics like to say, he's not Tiger Woods; but I'm still not ready to count him out of the running in the Majors this year.  Champions, like Spieth, seem to find a way to get in the hunt at the big ones, and with a win and a second place finish in the last two years, he definitely understands what is required to get the job done when he drives down Magnolia Lane.  Very few twenty two year olds have been multiple Major champions.  This kid is the real thing, and I thought it was nice to see Rory come to Jordan's defence on social media the other day.  

Once again, it is becoming clear that a few older guys are proving that they aren't necessarily ready to sit back and let the young guns have it all their way.  This week, it's Arnie's place.  It will certainly be interesting to see who prevails at Bay Hill.  In the meantime, my doctor is preparing for his first trip to the Masters where he will have the chance, among other things, to dine with Gary Player.  He's a lucky dog.  He asked me if I wanted him to bring me something back from Augusta.  I told him just to bring me his memories.

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