The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2017
GOLF & LEISURE 43 brilliance at Augusta in the past, when I spoke to him in Houston the week prior to the Masters I was struck by how determined he was to become just the third Englishman to win at Augusta. After Danny Willett came from nowhere to pinch the green jacket from Spieth last year, a win for Rose would mean back-to-back victories for the Poms, which hasn’t been done since Faldo’s double in 1989-90 . On the range before the start of play it was evident that Spieth was jumpy and not the confident, composed pro who’d lapped the field at Pebble Beach a couple of months earlier. As he prepared for his 2.25 pm tee time alongside his good buddy Fowler, he looked nervous, anxious even. Fowler was the opposite. I’d been in touch with Rickie’s bagman, Joe Skovron, earlier in the morning and he told me Fowler was relaxed and feeling confident and ready to add something green to his already flashy wardrobe. Rose and Garcia both appeared to be the focused veterans they are. Both have experienced nearly One of the many privileges that come with winning the Masters is a spot in the upstairs Champions Locker Room in Augusta National’s clubhouse. Each locker is assigned to two Masters champions. For Garcia there would be no greater honour than to return each year and share a locker with Olazábal, who has been one of the most inspirational figures in his career. Some players might have wilted under the weight of such expectation and the pressure on Garcia on the final day was ratcheted up a notch by the talented bunch of players who were in contention going into this Masters Sunday. Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth were all in the mix. The only player ahead of Garcia was Justin Rose, who’d shown he was finally ready to join the elite pantheon as a multiple majors champion. The Englishman is built for major championships. He’s got the game and the temperament and while he’s shown flashes of The Champions Locker Room at Augusta National, where each locker is assigned to two Masters champions. “CURRENTLY, I’M NOT SHARING MY LOCKER WITH ANYONE. I WOULD LOVE FOR IT TO BE YOU.” A TEXT MESSAGE FROM FRIEND AND MENTOR JOSÉ MARÍA OLAZÁBAL TO SERGIO GARCIA PRIOR TO THE FINAL ROUND AT AUGUSTA.
The Cut - Autumn 2017
The Cut - Spring 2017