The Augusta Masters yet again turned out to be a golf fan's delight. Record scores, tough shots, super comebacks and of course all the fanfare! Here's a quick recap of the top 5 players that caught our attention at the year's 1st Major in golf.
America's Jordan Spieth just pulled off a Tiger Woods! Spieth equalled the record lowest total of 18 under to win his first ever major title- the Augusta Masters. It was superb wire to wire win for the American who shot a 2 under in the final round to win by 4 shots.
What's more, the 21-year old is now the youngest after Tiger Woods to win the Masters. He's just the fifth wire-to-wire winner in Masters History. Speaking to the media, Spieth admitted, "This has been arguably the greatest day of my life. Yesterday I walked out of this interview room saying I want to walk back in there really late tomorrow and sit there with the jacket on." Â
Will he play or just participate? There were many doubts as Tiger Woods confirmed that he would play at the Masters. But Tiger Woods showed that when the going gets tough, the tough get going! Tiger was looking to capitalize on his 6th place as he went into the final round but there was some bad luck in store. The 4-time Masters championÂ Â injured his wrist when he struck a tree root on the 9th hole. Woods later admitting that a bone had popped out in his wrist and that he put it back in!
Despite that, Tiger managed to card 1 over on day 4 to finish tied for 17th. A reasonable result for Woods no doubt as he back to competition after a 2-month leave of absence.
India's Anirban Lahiri had a decent outing at Augusta National. Only the 3rd Indian to play at the Masters, the Bangalore golfer not only made the cut but finished tied for 49th. The 27-year old clearly not letting the pressure of playing at Augusta National get to him. He is the 2nd after Jeev Milkha Singh to make the halfway cut at the Masters. Something that's given him further reassurance, "I feel like I'm good enough, there's no doubt in my mind about that. I think my game from tee to green was evidence of that. Everybody else saying only positive things, and encouraging me, supporting me."
Rory McIlroy shot a sensational 6 under on the final day but that was only good enough for a 4th place finish. While the World No.1 as unable to convert his 1st chance to complete a career Grand Slam in golf, he's be back for more!
JUSTIN ROSE and PHIL MICKELSON
American Phil Mickelson and England's Justin Rose were the only 2 who did give Spieth some competition through the final round. But it turned out to be a matter of too little too late as they finally finished tied for 2nd place at a total of 14 under, 4 shots off the 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth.