The Masters 2016 and the image of Danny Willett in the famous green jacket after shocking the golfing world and winning his first major tournament will live on in the memory for many years to come. Whilst Willett’s win is one for the history books, few who watched the 2016 Masters unfold last year will forget about Jordan Spieth’s spectacular collapse in the final round.
At first, Spieth was looking as if he was going to waltz towards his second title in as many years, a feat that has only been achieved by three players. Then one of the most unforgettable forty minutes in masters history happened as spectators the world over watched Spieth go from a comfortable five shots clear to three shots behind. He saved his worst for the 12th with a quadruple bogey. Willett, on the other hand, didn’t falter once he had the lead and went on to claim the title. All of which makes one thing certain for this year’s tournament: revenge is in the air.
February 12, 2017; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; Jordan Spieth poses with the trophy on the 18th green during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
For Spieth to come back and tackle the same course where he suffered that famous collapse is going to take tremendous mental strength, but the Texan will surely come back determined and is known as one of the most resilient on the tour. The bookies certainly think that he’s more than capable of coming back to win and have made the 23-year-old their early favourite. If the history of the masters has taught us anything, it’s that Augusta doesn’t behave like any other course and it only takes a few bad shots and your tournament can turn in seconds. After his recent victory at Pebble Beach
, however, Spieth is looking like a safe bet.
Hideki Matsuyama holds the champion’s trophy after the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Matsuyama defeated Webb Simpson on the fourth playoff hole. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Elsewhere eyes will be on Rory McIlroy to see if he can recapture his tournament-winning form, whilst Hideki Matsuyama
will be coming into the Masters on the back of some genuinely impressive form, as is Dustin Jonson after his recent 3rd place finish at Pebble Beach and last Sunday’s win at the PGA Genesis Open
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