This week there is only one place that the whole golfing world had eyes for. A little course in Augusta GA called Augusta National and the Tournament:
The week started on Sunday with the now it seems, the traditional Drive Chip and Putt tournament for youngsters from all age groups from 7 up to 15.
One young lady that stood out was Alexa Pano who was competing in her 3rd year at DCP and won her group Girls 12-13 with 23 points.
Boys 7-9 Carter Gaede Manhattan Beach CA 25 Points
Boys 10-11 Liam Hartling Redlands CA 23 Points
Boys 12-13 Zachary Colon Bolton MA 24 Points
Boys 14-15 Mason Quagliata Scottsdale AZ 23 Points
Girls 7-9 Maye Huang Katy TX 26 Points
Girls 10-11 Lucy Yuan San Diego CA 27 Points
Girls 12-13 Alexa Pano Lake Worth FL 23 Points
Girls 14-15 Savannah Grewal Mississauga Ontario 23 Points
Then we got off to the practice rounds with everyone looking forward to the Par 3 competition on Wednesday.
But mother nature came calling just after it got under way and Masters Week was left without its traditional fun for all competition as the heavens opened up.
Another loss for the tournament was world #1 Dustin Johnson who decided to run down the stairs of his rented house just in his slippers slipped and fell heavily on his lower back. After treatment and medication tried to warm up before his tee time on Thursday only to withdraw as he was walking to the 1st tee, leaving his playing partners Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker in a 2 ball behind the rest of the 3 ball field.
Day 1 saw Charley Hoffman take a 4 shot lead over William Mcgirt with Lee Westwood another shot back.
Day 2 Charley Hoffman still leads the pack but is now joined by Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, and Thomas Pieters all on -4
Two strokes behind at -2 is William McGirt, with Ryan Moore, Jon Rahm, Fred Couples and Justin Rose all a further shot back at -1.
High-profile trio Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott are all at level par after two rounds. Rory Mcilroy is a further shot back at +1
Day 3 Moving day at Augusta and 2 players came out of the pack Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia both on -6. The chasing pack consisted of Ricky Fowler -5 Jordan Spieth, Ryan Moore and Charly Hoffman all finishing on -4 Adam Scott a shot back on -3.
Day 4 and the stage was set for a blistering days Golf with just 3 shots covering the top 7 players, but the surprise of the day was the failure of first Jordan Spieth and then Ricky Fowler managing to keep up the challenge to Rose and Garcia. Gradually the field frittered away with only Charl Schwartzel, Matt Kuchar and Thomas Pieters mounting any sort of challenge.
Charl Schwartzel finished on -6, Matt Kuchar with the help of a hole in one on 16 finished and Thomas Pieter both carded -4
Other under par finishers were
-4 Paul Casey
-3 Kevin Chappell, Rory McIlroy
-2 Adam Scott, Ryan Moore
-1 Jordan Spieth
As for Rose and Garcia after ding dong battle with both dropping shots then regaining them they finished on -9 and off they went to the 18th for the 1st playoff hole.
Rose pushed his drive into the trees and hit a poor recovery, whilst Garcia found the middle of the fairway and hit his second 12ft from the hole.
Rose missed his putt leaving Sergio 2 putts for the title, he only needed one, finishing an unforgettable day in style by holing from 12 feet for birdie.
Another unforgettable Masters Tournament.
Back to the bread and butter stuff next week, have a great week and I will catch up with you all in a weeks time.