Charl Schwartzel of South Africa won the 2011 Masters yesterday…haha…what? Seriously, I know this guy has had a good record in Europe and all, but he was the only player in the field that I had not previously heard of. He played great and won, but to be honest he kind of bored me.
If I had told you previously that Tiger could silence his doubters at the Masters this week with anything short of a win, you would have told me that I was crazy. That said, Tiger did just that. Shooting a blistering 31 on the front nine, Tiger was firing on all cylinders and making putts. When he made eagle of the par 5 8th and unleashed his classic fist pump, Tiger was back. He was charging at a major, making eagles, the crowd was behind him, and his world was restored to order. He relished in it. You could see how much he loved it on his face.
Which is exactly why he will be fine — I’d expect him to win a major this year. He was in fact leader in the clubhouse when he finished.
Also, it was a great day for Australian golf. Props to Adam Scott and Jason Day; the Aussie’s will capture a Masters soon enough. As for Rory McIlroy, he’ll be fine. This one will be appropriately chalked up to learning experience and life will go on. He’s got too much game not to win one of these shortly.