The Masters 2021: A Look Back at The Action
The Masters, golf’s first major of 2021, did not disappoint. This was the first major in a long time where Tiger Woods did not play. For all the others the play and Augusta National brought many golfers to their knees. One of the coolest things is that legend Lee Elder got to be an honorary starter, joining Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
If you do not know, Elder was the first African American to play in the Masters. This was also a great tournament where the weather did not play a factor. The Masters always bring the best golf in all the players that try to conquer the course. It was awesome to see this tournament after Dustin Johnson set a course record back in November 2020.
First and Second Rounds
These two rounds of the Masters set up what the tournament was going to be. After two rounds, Justin Rose led the way. He was looking for his first Masters’ win. Others like Rory McIlory and Lee Westwood struggled and both missed the cut. More top players also missed the cut like Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka as well.
Like I mentioned earlier the course is very tough in spring instead of the fall. In November, the course was softer and in April it’s like it always is tough. The 85th playing of this tournament showed that we were going to have a new winner. This to me is what makes golf so exciting not to see the same players win every tournament. Augusta National is beautiful but dangerous as well.
Third and Final Rounds
After the third round, we have a new leader as Justin Rose faded. That would be Hideki Matsuyama. Matsuyama back in 2011 won the low amateur. He was the first Japanese-born player to win the Masters. Through 15 holes it was close until Xander Schauffele hit his tee ball on the par-three 16th into the water. He would go to make a triple bogey. It was fun to see him win as he very low-key does not show too much emotion. Many of his fellow countrymen were watching on TV in Japan.
In the end, there was plenty of great golf at the Masters. We had many aces during the tournament. Even though we did not have Tiger Woods and many top tour players it was still fun to watch. Augusta National never disappoints and is a dream come true for those who get to play the course. Many professional golfers do not get a chance to play the course.
This week it was Matsuyama’s turn to win. We will have to see what he has at the champions dinner next year. I want to see where the golf world goes for the rest of the year. The next major up is the PGA Championship in May.
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