PGA Tour veteran Charlie Hoffman held the lead early in the 81st Masters until the third round. Then the Golf Gods had to make a drastic correction. They suddenly realized that the premiere event on the iconic Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia with the world watching, golf enthusiasts and non-fans alike, needed some drama.
On Saturday, those “gods” wouldn’t let the leader have an easy time of it. Hoffman was in a four-way tie for the lead by Saturday and a non-factor Sunday, finishing 22nd.
Again mindful that the world was watching, the fate and drama of the 2017 MASTERS was left to two Europeans and they did not disappoint.
The galleries at Augusta National have seen the likes of Palmer, Nicklaus, Mickelson and Woods put on stellar displays of golf, a game that is not easy to master, no pun intended.
In the end, the 2017 MASTERS and the requisite Green Jacket belongs to 37-year-old PGA veteran Sergio Garcia, who played in 70 previous majors before winning his first this weekend. However, it did not come easy.
On Sunday, Garcia, a gallery favorite and Brit Justin Rose, matched each other shot-for-shot over the final 18 holes. For added drama, Rose made up a two-stroke deficit to force a playoff.
Garcia wasted little time in claiming the Winner’s Check and the Green Jacket as he birdied the first playoff hole.