Special Feature by Derrik Whiten
Well, we made it. Sunday at The Masters, and what a tournament it has been. I find that golf events, in my opinion, are much more enjoyable with the big names available to watch on the final day. I mean no disrespect to the lesser known names of the golfing world, for these tournaments offer a chance for them to become household names.
A quick look at the leaderboard shows the quality of play we have had this week with Patrick Reed currently in the lead at -14, Rory McIlroy at -11, and Rickie Fowler at -9. Some other notable names atop the leaderboard are Jon Rahm (-8), Bubba Watson (-6), Jordan Spieth (-5), Justin Thomas (-5) and Dustin Johnson (-4). Top of the charts sit some of the best names in the sport today, leading me to believe this Sunday will be one for the ages.
One name I haven’t mentioned yet to many peoples surprise is Tiger Woods. Woods will tee off today at 11:00 am with Rafael Cabrera Bello and currently sits at +4. Despite not really being in contention, I think we can all agree that a Red Tiger is always a good thing for the sport of golf.
Patrick Reed has played consistently well so far, carding a 69 in round one, a 66 on Friday and a 67 yesterday. What seems to be the headline of the day, however, is the rematch Reed will have with his Sunday partner, Rory McIlroy. If you remember, Rory and Reed went head to head in one of the greatest Ryder Cup matchups in recent memory. Two years ago, the duo went shot for shot until Reed won on the 18th hole. The duo took turns rallying the crowd at the Ryder Cup with fist pumps and cheering. I have provided a video link at the end of this video of the recap, so let’s all get up to speed together.
Although this rivalry will most likely headline the final day of the weekend, it would be foolish to assume that a top-tier player like Rickie Fowler is going to just roll over and accept defeat. Fowler is coming off of a 65 yesterday and will look to use this momentum to put as much pressure on the leaders as he can. Personally, any combination of the top four players at this point putting on a green jacket would make me a happy fan, but I would especially enjoy the weekend if the likes of Spieth and Johnson can turn this Sunday into something even more magical.
Here are some notable tee times for today :
Phil Mickelson and Chez Reavie – 10:20 A.M.
Tiger Woods and Rafael Cabrera Bello – 11:10 A.M.
Jason Day and Bernd Wiesberger – 1:30 P.M.
Dustin Johnson and Cameron Smith – 1:50 P.M.
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth – 2:00 P.M.
Bubba Watson and Marc Leishman – 2:10 P.M.
Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm – 2:30 P.M.
Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy – 2:40 P.M.
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