The 2016 Masters had an unbelievable finish, with Danny Willett firing a gutsy final round 67 to join fellow countryman Nick Faldo as the only other Brit to win the Masters. But the 2016 Masters will be remembered for two key moments that prove that this wonderful game of golf is bloody hard, and makes us mere mortal amateurs on a handicap realise that even the best can make mistakes!
1. Putting – Ernie Els
All golfers have suffered from the nervous moments over a short putt, and the pain of a three putt green, on the rare occasion, the dreaded four putt. So spare a thought for Ernie Els who SIX putted the first green on Day One of the Masters, from less than 3 feet. Ernie had a brain fade and a case of the severe yips. He went on to card a respectable 80 following a 9 on the first!
2. The Short Game – Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth came to the short 12th hole at Augusta after dropping 2 shots on the previous two holes, but still with a 3 shot lead. His 9 iron tee shot was short and rolled into the water, a mistake but no need to panic. The third shot, a wedge was hit fat and went into the water. It was a wedge shot that Ive hit countless times, poor timing, deceleration through the swing, flying left elbow. Which made it all the more extraordinary to see one of the World’s greatest golfer essentially lose the Masters with a fat wedge shot. He went on to lose to Danny Willett by 3 shots.
Whilst these shots prove that the best golfers in the World are human, these professionals werent playing in the local stableford weekend competition on a flat goat track public course, they were playing for the Masters on one of the toughest course’s on the planet.