Guest Author - Letta Meinen
The lead up to the Masters was exhausting but the magazines are rehashing the Masters to get us to live it all over again. The final day was amazing with the dramatic charge from Charl Schwartzel from South Africa who did not wilt to the pressure but went on a birdie spree that won the Masters in fine fashion. It was a major performance as he dominated those final golf holes to win like a real champion.
A South African win brought out stories of the first South African winner Gary Player who dominated the golf world for so many years. He was the first International winner of the green jacket, Gary was known as the Black Knight as he always wore black. This also brought out many anniversary wins like Jack Nicklaus as he won for the ages in 1986 when he collected his 6th green jacket at the age of 46.
Another South African who made it was Ernie Els who has been putting in some good scores. He has been in close contact with the rescheduling of the South African Open and the Presidents Cup which were scheduled on the same weekend. He has been pleased to hear that these two tournaments will not be the same as many world golfers want to enter as many tournaments as they can. No one ever would schedule a tournament during the Masters weekend as that is set in stone for the first weekend in April. With more tournaments scheduled around the world and better golfers want to enter as many as possible.
Another Masters was why we love it so let us count the ways. Such as Jack Fleck who is who turns 90 years old showed up at the Masters after 46 years. He played in 10 Masters and this year took part in the Par 3 event. Even Caddies such as Carl Jackson made his 50th consecutive start in the Masters and the last 35 on the bag of Ben Crenshaw. Rory McIlroy probably will want to forget Sunday at the Masters as he had a four shot lead starting out and ended the final day with an 80 an a very emotional scene as he finished the 18 and people applauded him as he handled it with class. He will win again but the Masters on the last day can get to anyone. One day he will wear that green jacket as he is only 21 years old.
Of course they finally get to the runner up players of the 2011 Masters as Adam Scott and Jason Day were 12 under and just two shots back. Both Adam and Jason are from Australia so the American golfers were back in the pack. Of course no magazine will leave out Tiger and he was mentioned in many of the articles plus had one article all too himself. It stated Tiger had flashes of his own self and made a run in spurts like the first nine of the last day but faded on the back nine. There was flashes from Fred Couples, Phil Nickelson never got it going as he was hoping for a fourth green jacket but not this year.
The opening act to kick off the Masters was shots from the first tee by Jack Nickelson, Arnie Palmer to kick off the 2011 Masters in great fashion. This year’s field was the largest ever since 1966 with 99 players. This will probably change as the Masters are known to want a trim field as this tournament is invitation only. The Masters is one of its kind on a private golf course that is one tournament every professional golfers worldwide wants to be part of. It is now over and we will wait until 2012 for another exciting Masters.