If you only payed attention to the record breaking performance of Jordan Spieth, then you missed a lot of interesting tidbits from the 2015 Masters. Here’s a few of the odds and oddities from a wild week at Augusta.
1. Rickie Fowler’s Wild Weekend.
On Friday afternoon with the cut line sitting at +2, Rickie Fowler looked like he wouldn’t make it to the weekend. After a double bogey on 11, Fowler found himself at +5 and in big trouble. Then Fowler birdied four of the final six holes to finish at +1, guaranteeing himself two more rounds of golf. The 26-year-old, who finished top five in all four of last year’s majors, shot 70-67 over the weekend to finish at -6 and T12 for the championship.
2. Mark O’Meara parties like it’s 1998.
Mark O’Meara hadn’t made a cut at Augusta since 2005, but the 1998 green jacket winner must have found the fountain of youth. O’Mera, 58, shot a second round 68 and was -3 heading into the weekend. After a +5 77 on Saturday, Friday’s round looked more and more like an aberration. Then O’Meara shot another round of 68 on Sunday to finish -2 for the championship and T22. O’Meara finished ahead of the likes of Jason Day, Jimmy Walker, Ian Poulter, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson.
3. Martin Kaymer hates the Masters.
Martin Kaymer and Augusta National go together like oil and water. The two time major winner shot 76-75 (+7) and was cut on Friday. Kaymer has only made the cut at the Masters three times in his career. The 30-year-old just doesn’t play well at Augusta for some reason.
4. Tiger Woods is superhuman, pops wrist bone back into place.
Tiger Woods is apparently not just a professional golfer, he’s an orthopedic surgeon as well. On Sunday when he jammed his iron into a tree root on the ninth hole and hurt his right wrist, Woods says he actually had to pop a bone back into place. Seriously, listen up.
Woods went on to card a 1-over 73 to finish at 5-under and in 17th place in his first competitive event since February.
5. Tiger and Sergio together again.
Speaking of Tiger, his history with Sergio Garcia goes back a long ways. SB*Nation has a full running history of their feud. So imagine the angst both players had when they saw they’d be paired together on Saturday. ‘El Nino’ took to Twitter to address the pairing, and was a pretty good sport about it.
6. Jordan Spieth is rich.
So what else does Jordan Spieth get for winning the Masters besides the green jacket? How about $1.8 million. Even Thai pro Thongchai Jaidee, who finished in 55th place, walked away with $23,000. By comparision, when Horton Smith won the very first Masters in 1934, his prize money was a mere $1,500. Oh how times have changed.
7. Dustin Johnson can fly like an eagle.
During round two on Friday, Dustin Johnson set a new Masters record with eagles on three of the four par 5’s (holes 2, 8 and 15). In total, this year’s field recorded 47 eagles over the four days, which is a record amount of crystal handed out by Augusta National, smashing the old record of 37 eagles in a Masters that stood since 1991.
8. Phil Mickelson the bridesmaid once again.
Poor Lefty. Phil Mickelson (and Justin Rose) finished at 274, a score that would have been good enough to win the last three years. In fact, it was lower that Mickelson’s score in two of his three Masters victories. On a resume highlighted by five major titles, it was Mickelson’s 10th second-place finish in golf’s biggest events. Mickelson has now finished second in every major championship – a silver-medal slam.