9:25 A.M. That’s gotta sting !!! …


There was so much love in the air for Jack Nicklaus’s magical Masters victory of 30 years ago that hardly anyone remembered to observe that other milestone anniversary … Danny Willett observed it Sunday … Did he ever !!! …

Twenty years after a more illustrious Englishman , Nick Faldo , profited from the final-round self-immolation of Greg Norman , who blew a six-shot lead and lost by five …HardluckNorman

MORBNOTE ; I always cheered for Norman back in those days and I didn’t think there was ANY possible way he was not going to finally witn his green jacket !!! … Yesterday reminded me of how cruel the game be !!! …

Willett … ( knowing nothing of the meltdown that was befalling Jordan Spieth three holes behind him ) went from five strokes off the lead to three strokes ahead of the Boy Wonder in the space of 50 minutes … And as it was for Faldo on that day , when strong men had to avert their eyes from the sight of Norman’s public undressing , at least on this side of the pond Willett may have to settle for being cast as the lucky beneficiary of an epic collapse … It wasn’t luck then , or now. Faldo shot 67 that day in 1996 to win his third green jacket … Willett’s Sunday score: 67 , without a bogey , for a 283 total and a two-stroke win …

GottahurtBut it wouldn’t have happened for Faldo without the co-operation of the Great White Shark , and on this day , the part of the star-crossed Aussie was played by the 22-year-old Spieth ,  who was nine holes from home and dry , apparently on his way to a second straight wire-to-wire win at Augusta National … That’s when the legend of the back nine on Sunday grabbed his windpipe and squeezed the life out of him … A weak 3-wood tee shot at 10: bogey … A leaked drive on 11 , a chip-out: bogey … And then , the unthinkable ! … This hard-headed kid , who hadn’t been anywhere but in the lead at Augusta since the ninth hole of the first round in 2015 , blocked his tee shot into the water at the par-three 12th , then chili-dipped another into the drink , then hit his fifth into the back bunker and … his Masters was over …

MORBNOTE ; Jordan’s gonna feel this one for a LOOOong time !!! … I think Greg should give him a call …


Source: Cam Cole: Willett’s Masters win an echo of ’96 Faldo-Norman shocker


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