Nobody Is Safe In Augusta On Masters Sunday
Great names in golf have folded under the immense weight of golf’s grandest day.
Today is the day of which golf fans dream all year: Masters Sunday, the exciting finale to the sport’s most grand tournament.
Careers have been made and broken on certain Sundays in April. It may be no different today as the final 18 holes are played.
Modern Masters Sunday Disasters
We’ve all seen chokes in professional sports in our lifetimes. Hell, if you watched the Super Bowl in February, that was a big’un. In recent times, Masters Sunday has spelled doom for some brand-name golfers. Among the biggest fails of all:
In 2016, just last year, defending Masters champion Jordan Spieth gagged up a five-stroke lead on the back nine. He was cruising with half of the final round yet to play, and then disaster struck the young Texan. From holes 10 to 12, he went bogey, bogey, quadruple-bogey. Spieth gave back six shots over the span of three holes, erasing his lead. Danny Willett, who missed the cut in 2017, took advantage of the massive collapse.
Six years ago, in 2011, Rory McIlroy fell victim to the heaviness of Augusta. Rory went into Masters Sunday with a four-shot lead, opening with a bogey. South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel caught up to McIlroy quickly, and the battle was on. While Schwartzel would go on to birdie his last four holes to win it, Rory’s scorecard was a nightmare. He was one-over through the front nine, but seven-over on the back nine. The 80 he shot on Sunday knocked him from first to outside the top ten.
Finally, there can be no worse collapse than that of Greg Norman in 1996. The king of Augusta torment and woe was about to put one more soul-crusher on the board. Norman entered Masters Sunday with a six-shot lead over Nick Faldo. Through five, he maintained a comfortable advantage, holding steady at 12-under through eight holes. Then, over his final ten holes, Norman posted three bogeys and two double-bogeys. His last double was at 16, where at two strokes down, he sent his tee shot into the drink.
Masters Sunday Folds Forthcoming?
Nobody can predict a collapse in golf — it either happens or it doesn’t. If it does, it doesn’t make the guy a bad golfer. Greg Norman certainly wasn’t a bad golfer; he just couldn’t win the Masters.
Already, we wouldn’t have a choke that resembles other years noted above. In those Masters Tournaments, the choking golfer entered the final round with a sizable lead. Nobody has one today, and the top seven players are within three shots of one another.
What could happen today is that someone separates from the pack and then collapses back down. Or a meteor full of gold could land on your car. Just watch the tournament and find out.