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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Unfathomable

I found it interesting to listen to my least favourite Golfchannel analyst, Aron Oberholser talking about how "unfathomable" it was for Jordan Spieth to finish the third round as he did, making a bogey and then a double.  I find it unfathomable how Oberholser retains a job, not only because of his lack of insight into the game, but also the fact that he moonlights as a snake oil salesman with his magic wedge.  Oberholser is the same guy who last year declared that Spieth could never dominate the game because he wasn't long enough.

What is really unfathomable is that Jordan Spieth, clearly without his best stuff, continues to refuse to relinquish the lead in the Masters.  No one is more unhappy with his performance this week on seventeen and eighteen than Jordan.  But he continues to be the man to beat despite some poor driving. And he continues to lead because he's smart, determined, and he continues to putt pretty much better than anyone when the chips are down.

What is not unfathomable is that someone like Bernhard Langer might have a chance to win his third Masters.  The tough conditions have played right into the hands of a guy like Langer.  He's smart, experienced, and has all the shots.  He may not bomb it, but no one hits more fairways and greens, or misses it in the right spots more often than Langer.  He simply never beats himself.  Unfortunately, tomorrow promises to be a much more benign day in terms of weather.  That gives an edge to once again to those guys who can bomb it and make eagles and birdies.  But I certainly wouldn't count Langer out.  Experience means alot around Augusta National and he's the most experienced guy with a definite chance to win.

The next most experienced guy with a good chance to win tomorrow continues to be the leader, Jordan Spieth.  What he has already accomplished at the Masters in his first three years is historic.  If and when he wins tomorrow, you can reserve a place for him in the Hall of Fame at, what is it, twenty two?