US Masters 2014 Preview: Major Stumbles
Posted at March 27, 2014
Before the Masters Tournament on Thursday April 10th - we look back at some of the ‘Major Stumbles’ from the last couple of months.
Events Waste Management Phoenix Open, Thursday Jan 30 - Sunday Feb 2, 2014
With a handsome lead going into the last day, Bubba Watson seemed to lose his cool in the final round - including two bogeys on the last three holes - which is a stark contrast to Kevin Stadler’s five birdies on the same day which helped him secure victory and pocket $1,116,000 (£676,073) in prize money. Bubba was in search for his first win since the Masters in 2012, but it wasn’t meant to be as nerves got the better of him. Bubba can take some comfort from his performance a couple of weeks later, where he triumphed at the Northern Trust Open and pipped Adidas staff player Dustin Johnson to the $1,206,000 (£730,595) prize money.
Can Bubba win another major this year?
The Honda Classic, Thursday Feb 27 - Sunday Mar 2, 2014
Rory is really looking great this year and we were all certain he was going to take the title and the $1,080,000 (£654,264) prize money in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. However, the Northern Irishman posted a final round of 74 and was thwarted some inspirational golf from Russell Henley as well as stiff competition from Ryan Palmer and Russell Knox. Nike Golf team member Russell Henley eventually walked away victorious after a four-way play-off and those who watched the final day unfold will almost certainly remember Russell’s Par 4 eagle that saw him pitch from 150 yards into the cup - very impressive to say the least.
Some pundits are already tipping Rory to pick up another major this year, do you agree?
Arnold Palmer Invitational, Thursday Mar 20 - Sunday Mar 23, 2014
Most recently we watched Adam Scott tear up the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida; an opening round of 62 tied the course record and shot him immediately into the lead. The Australian's dominance continued throughout the weekend to the point where we thought that one of the world most beautiful swings was going to lead across all four days and secure the title. However the 2013 Masters champion lost his Queensland cool and shot a 76 (including five bogeys) in the final round, letting steady-eddy Matt Every (69,70,66,70) take the $1,116,000 (£676,073) winning share of prize money and his maiden PGA Tour win.
Perhaps this year is Adam Scott’s best chance of another major before he has to change his trusty putter?
So, given these recent shortcomings from past major champions, should we be putting money on some of the young guns coming through? All of the above have a chance to win in Augusta, but there is a strong argument for looking at some of the others rising stars on the tour including the very impressive Jordan Spieth, the very confident Patrick Reed, the magical Victor Dubuisson or maybe WGC Match Play winner Jason Day? We would love to hear your predictions!