Lee Westwood’s four-shot halfway lead is cut to a single stroke after round three of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.
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Wowzers, what a week that was last week at the Masters, and now that we have had to to sit back and take stock we wanted to share our thoughts with you on this year’s ‘official’ curtain raiser for golf nuts everywhere!
It started with a big name missing and then a host more failing to make the cut – did that detract from the enthralling nature that Augusta seems to spring up year on year? Not a bit!
Come Sunday we had debutants in the mix, one of those being co-leader Jordan Spieth and the man with the green glove (big shout there to G4 Gloves btw) Jonas Blixt. We had previous green jacket bearers Bubba Watson and the ageless Freddie Couples high up on the leaderboard as well as ‘the best players never to win a Major’ in Matt Kuchar and Lee Westwood. Not to mention the mechanic, Miguel Angel Jiminez, surely the most laid back golfer alive and finally another young man that has promised so much over the last few years Rickie Fowler!
Where else would this kind of final day line up assemble to battle it out for one of golf’s biggest prizes… nowhere is the answer and that is the true beauty of the Masters, another reason Masters week remains such a special occasion every single year.
Yes, Rory got beat by his marker Saturday but that’s no shame. The man holds the course record off members tee’s and as such would have also beat most of the field on a tough day on the famed fairways of Augusta National.
Sunday’s front nine was among the more entertaining that we have seen but the usually back nine flourish of birdies, moves and demises did not live up to the usual expectation as in the ended Bubba sealed a comfortable 3 shot victory and a second green jacket. We were rooting for Spieth and Blixt to deny the record books and become Masters in their own right but they were outdone by a previous Master, one who looks as though he could clean up at Augusta for quite a number of years yet.
According to figures the ratings were down on audiences that watched the Masters this year even with more and more interactive and accessible features being added to get better glimpses inside the hallowed grounds. Is this the Tiger effect or is it merely down to an unusually quiet back nine Masters Sunday… we think it was the latter but by joe it will be good to see Tiger back fit and healthy and rocking another major or two as well as a green jacket before he’s done!