2011 US Masters: After the devastation

Upholsterers will be rejoicing this week with many Australian couches needing repair. The edges were worn down yesterday morning as golf fans across the nation sat on the edge and watched hopes of a green jacket slip away.

Charl Schwartzel has produced a sizzling final four holes to grab the green jacket and leave Australians devastated.

It was a nervous and emotional final round at the US Masters. One that Australians had not felt since 1996.

Remarkably, I’m not nearly as devastated as I was when Norman capitulated in 1996. Norman’s collapse was shear heartbreak as we watched the golf game of one of Australia’s greatest crumbled in front of us.

I would speculate that the Northern Irish would be more devastated this week.

As a big Rory McIlroy fan (who isn’t?) and with Australian golfers playing well, it was still heartbreaking to watch his collapse. He is still only young and most pundits agree he’ll be seen in contention at a major again very soon.

The Australian guys played superbly. Geoff Ogilvy, Jason Day and Adma Scott did everything they could to win this thing. I’ve never known a US Masters with so many Australians on the leaderboard making so many birdies. It was a thrilling ride and one that Jason Day himself said he can’t wait to watch himself.< Don't get me wrong, I'm devastated like many Australian golf fans but these guys didn't choke, give up or miss putts. They strung birdies together, made clutch putts and fired shots within feet of the flag. I was half expecting Day or Scott to falter on the last hole, but it just didn't happen. Usually a few "what-if's" would immediately spring to mind. Like any day on the golf course things could have been different but nothing stands out. Charl Schwartzel just won this thing fair and square. Any golf tournament is difficult to win. Major golf tournaments even more so and this week, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Geoff Ogilvy did everything they could to do to take home the green jacket. It feels like they've jumped to another level though. The confidence from that performance will help at the next major. Even my couch will be better for it.

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  • All three Aussies are to be commended for their solid play through the week. Geoff got off to a rough start on the front 9 Saturday and bogeyed 18 but had a great final round. Jason Day manned up big time on 17 & 18 and Adam Scott was superb with the long putter. I hope all three can continue their strong play, they’re very class guys and great role models!


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