Who Will Win the 81st Masters?

The Masters 2017, is shaping up to be one of the better ones in recent history. Fans are able to enjoy the battle for the coveted Green jacket. Thanks to the currently ranked number one in the world Dustin Johnson withdrawing before his tee time during the first round, it has been a thrilling experience to watch this major tournament. Millions of PGA fans were upset with the news of Johnson pulling out, as we were ready to see a battle between Johnson and University of Texas’ very own Jordan Spieth.

Johnson who has been on a very very hot streak lately would have been trying to extend his win streak. Long time fans say he reminds them of Tiger Woods in 97. Spieth has a chip on his shoulder this year. During the final round of The Masters 2016. Spieth was in first place at Amen Corner and shooting at -6 for the day. What happened next could not have been predicted. Jordan Spieth who almost had the title locked up choked. Hole 13 bogey, Hole 14 bogey, Hole 15 double bogey, hole 16 another double bogey. Needless to say Spieth has something to prove.

Coming into round 4 there are some players no one was looking for. But they out to prove they have what it takes. Tied for first is Justin Rose alongside Sergio Garcia both at (-6). Either one of these two winning is a toss up. We know that it will be close. Fun fact: Garcia has had twelve top 5 finishes in majors without a win. These two are followed by Rickie Fowler (-5) he is currently the betting man’s favorite to win, coming back after being down (+8). If he does pull off the win he will break Wood’s and Faldo’s record of most strokes behind to comeback and win (+7). Next is Spieth (-4) followed by Ryan Moore (-4) Charley Hoffman (-4) and Adam Scott (-3). The conclusion of The Masters 2017 will be intense.

My Path to Understanging the Sport of PGA and Becoming Aware That I Am Fond of Jordan Spieth

Being assigned to follow the PGA Tour.

So in the middle of the semester during a little advertising class known as “Sports and Social Media”, we were thrown into a group project which allowed us to act like a social media team. I was hyped, thinking that I was going to cover all sorts of NFL news and such, due to me being an avid fan. That’s until I found out what I would actually be covering – golf (along with NASCAR). To my deepest dismay, all I could think about how different it was from the NFL sport and how I’ve heard how boring it was from fellow NFL fans. But of course, I had to push my feelings aside and begin this interesting journey.

The beginning of the assignment.

New to the sport, I was trying to cram in as much information as I could about golf. From reading about the types of PGA Tour “Opens”, types of clubs, well-known players, and what a birdie was, I was already starting to dread this assignment. Obviously, there was nothing to do, but to go on with my first following – the 2016 Masters.

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The 2016 Masters.

Of course, through previous research, I had found that Jordan Spieth was the previous Masters champion. Knowing this, I was sure to pay close attention to him through out the duration of the tournament. So it began. Through the many hours I’ve spent trying to catch highlights or key information, I found myself getting more and more involved into the sport. I thought to myself, “Wow. Am I actually starting to get into this?” I was digging up stats every hour I could to see who was in the lead, hoping that it would be Mr. Jordan Spieth,himself.

Finding out that I was slightly fond of Jordan Spieth.

As the Masters tournament was coming to a close, I was finding myself rooting for fellow UT alumni and previous Masters champion, Jordan Spieth. Now having slightly more knowledge about this sport was played, I began to get more interested in his run at the tournament. During the 3rd and  final round, I checked stats early on during the day, of course, Mr. Spieth lead the way. Thinking it was a done deal, I didn’t bother to check in until the end of the tournament. Then the time came, I picked up my cell phone and googled the stats. My jaw dropped – Jordan Spieth had lost the 2016 Masters tournament. Surprisingly, I was a little disappointed at his tough loss.

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What’s in the future for me and the PGA?

Finding out Danny Willet was now the reigning champion, and watching the heartbreak  of watching Jordan place the famous Masters green blazer on the new winner, I knew I was now ready to follow this guy in his young career. The assignment continued and I, as well, continued to follow other PGA tour events. Yet, I was finding myself looking to see if Jordan Spieth would be competing in the week’s event, rather it be the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Classic, or even the Valero Texas Open, since he is a fellow Texan. Of course, I’m assuming he decided to lay low after the loss, but I am excited for his return. As this assignment came to a close with the Zurich Classic, I know that I will continue to follow the sport as I have found it, with this new knowledge, very interesting. Also, with my new found fanship of Jordan Spieth. Who knows, maybe I’ll become an avid fan of the PGA and maybe discover a new golfer to be a fan off. With being a massive sports fan, the options are endless.