I’m a huge fan of golf. I’m also a huge fan of The Masters tournament.
I attended in 2014 when Bubba Watson took home the coveted green jacket. It’s a magical, almost spiritual place where cell phones and unauthorized cameras are not allowed. It’s also a place where older, seasoned players play right alongside the spry young kids of the modern era of golf. Dreams can be made and also dashed with just a few errant swings of the club.
Watching Jordan Spieth (who is only 22) find the water twice on the 12th hole at Augusta National yesterday, essentially losing the tournament on one hole, was tough. Honestly, I love to see a tight match with golfers neck and neck going into the final few holes, but Jordan did deserve to win this tournament. He lead the field from the very first round and it appeared that he would slip on the green jacket for the second straight year, the youngest player to ever accomplish the feat.
Golf is the ultimate individual sport. It’s all on you. There’s nobody to blame but yourself when it’s not going your way. When the “meltdown” happened, I thought of Jordan’s parents, Shawn and Chris. I bet they’re pretty great.
First of all, they have instilled in their young man the ability to keep his composure in the most strenuous of situations. He certainly carries himself with the composure and charm of a much older man and I would imagine these traits can be traced back to an incredibly supportive upbringing, but with an emphasis on self reliance.
They must have been watching in agony while their son’s day in the sun slipped out of his grasp. I can only imagine the tears and words of encouragement when he and his family connected after the round was finally over. You could see the disappointment on his face during the jacket presentation ceremony, but he did crack a smile when he finally put the green jacket onto Danny Willett.
Just goes to show that he understood it wasn’t his day and he was ultimately happy for his rival. He’s a very young man and he’ll have more than his fair share of chances to win. Here’s to Jordan’s parents for raising a fine young man who we’ll all enjoy watching on the course for a long time to come.