Since 2006, Denton County attorney William Brotherton has served as a gallery guard at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. This year, Brotherton is working the 14th hole and sending us updates from the green.
Well, the Masters turned out just like I had hoped with Jordan Spieth winning his first Masters at age 21. He was only the fifth wire-to-wire winner and he successfully fought off charges by Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose. Tiger Woods gave a little excitement to the crowd as he looked like he might be making a surge, but he ended up just shooting five under to Jordan Spieth's 18 under. Jordan didn't break Tiger’s low record of 18 under – he just tied it when he bogeyed 18. For now, Tiger’s record is safe, but with Jordan due to play for many years to come, I'm sure many other records are going to fall. With the Masters over until next year, it's time for me to head back to Texas.
What a Masters! I was standing on 17 when Jordan Spieth double bogeyed and dropped to 16 under. The crowd was clearly disappointed because at 18 under he had tied Tiger Woods' record for low score at the Masters and I think so many people want him to win that green jacket! However, the roars of the crowd as Tiger Woods came up 14 were reminiscent of his earlier glory days, and the gallery cheered him on after he posted three consecutive birdies and he appeared to be making a charge. A bogey at 18 may have put the kibosh on that but one never knows with Tiger Woods.
And how about Phil Mickelson? At 11 under, he is only five back from the leader Jordan Spieth and playing in the second group with Charlie Hoffman, who lost his second-place position to Justin Rose. Jordan will be playing with the Englishman in the first group today and it will be interesting to watch the dynamic between those two. I don't think anyone expected Justin Rose to be playing this well and at 12 under, he is only four shots back from Jordan.
I had a chance to visit with Erin Walker, the wife of player Jimmy Walker, as she watched her husband come up the 14th fairway. While Jimmy had made the cut and was playing on Saturday, he ended the day at three over and 19 strokes back from fellow Texan Jordan Spieth. When I mentioned to Mrs. Walker that Texas has produced more Masters champions than any other state, she said, "well hopefully another Texan will win it this year."
My sentiments exactly.
I've attached a picture (above) I snapped of Phil Mickelson and Charlie Hoffman during the practice rounds.
Wow, what a day yesterday to see Jordan Spieth break the 36 hole record with 14 under. He also tied the 36 hole record for the British Open and the U.S. Open. Pretty heady stuff for our 21-year-old Texan! The picture I've sent (below) is one I took during the practice rounds when Ben Crenshaw was playing with his young protégé, Jordan Spieth. They were very animated and obviously comfortable with each other. Needless to say, Mr. Crenshaw, also a Texan and a former standout player with the University of Texas, just like Jordan, will be sorely missed as this was his last year to play the Masters.
It was also great to see the crowds, formerly the sole province of Tiger Woods, return to watch a dominating player. They were lined along the fairway on 14 to watch Jordan Spieth, and applauded enthusiastically as he walked up 14 with a smile on his face. Tiger Woods, on the other hand, received somewhat tepid applause as he made the same walk watched by a thinner crowd. I think most were pleasantly surprised that he made the cut, but Tiger's got his work cut out for him to try and make another top 10 at the Masters.