Coming into this year’s Masters all the attention was paid to the 30 year anniversary of Jack Nicklaus’ epic come from behind victory over Greg Norman. We heard all the stories, had Golf Network specials, listened to Jack recount it hole by hole and were primed for something special to happen this week. Lost in all of this was 20 years ago.
Last year we witnessed a meteoric rise of a young star in the world of golf. Jordan Spieth completely obliterated the field at the Masters and pretty much left nothing in doubt going into Sunday carrying a four shot lead. Forget about that back nine roar on Sunday, we witnessed a back nine coronation of the next big star in golf.
It helped that he went on to win the US Open and then almost win the Open Championship. At that moment in the summer, the professional golf world hitched its wagon to their future star to carry the torch.
Well we thought we did. Then something –or actually someone else — happened. Jason Day. We watched Day come oh so close at the US and British Opens and then as he won the PGA Championship we officially had our new 1-2 punch of contenders.
Let’s not forget Rory, Rickie, and Dustin Johnson who was two putts away from winning the US Open (how did he miss those?). Anyway, it’s Masters week.