The wait is over and The Masters is finally here! It truly is a tradition unlike any other and on this week’s show we’ll be breaking it all down with comprehensive coverage on the season’s first major! Leading off will be Jim Nugent, from Global Golf Post. Jim will join us LIVE from Augusta National to bring us a behind the scenes look at Magnolia Lane and an update from the 1st two rounds on the course.
The first two rounds have featured all kinds of drama and the windy conditions have certainly taken their toll on the players scores and their psyche. We welcome back Dr. Bob Winters to talk about the mental approach needed at Augusta and although it’s painful to do so, we’ll recap Ernie Els and his mental disaster at the 1st hole on Thursday.
Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau highlight our leaders and how about former Champions, Bernhard Langer and Larry Mize making it to the weekend!!!!
Leaderboard updates, featured pairings, things to watch for and so much more … all on this week’s Tee It Up with Nate Ditchfield!
With another dominating performance, Jason Day cruised to a 6-shot victory at The Barclays. This was Day’s 3rd victory in his last 4 events and vaulted him to the top of the Fed Ex Cup Playoff standings as well as moving him up to his career high #3 Official World Ranking. Perhaps the scariest thing for the rest of the PGA Tour was the comment Day made after his latest triumph, saying that each win makes him even hungrier for the next one. Think about that for a minute.
A month ago, there was no questions that Jordan Spieth was going to be the player of the year and all the “year-end” accolades were headed his way. With the month that Jason Day has put together, it’s anyone’s game now and I, for one, can’t wait to see how it unfolds!
The dust is starting to settle on one of the most epic and dramatic final rounds in recent Open Championship history! Your winner and Champion Golfer of the Year is Zach Johnson and personally, I couldn’t be happier. Don’t get me wrong – a Jordan Spieth victory would have re-written the history books and made this year’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits the MUST SEE sporting event of the year (Super Bowl not withstanding). Speith is playing on a level that very few have ever reached, joining the company of Woods, Nicklaus, Palmer & Bobby Jones. The primary difference is that Spieth is much younger than were the aforementioned greats of the game when they matched these feats and I have a feeling that Jordan has only scratched the surface of perhaps the greatest potential of his generation.
As Spieth’s par putt slipped by the cup on 17 and his approach spun back off the green on 18, it was clear that the ever-elusive Grand Slam was not to be. To me, that is where a poignant and significant transformation took place and brought a moment that I believe we will look back on one day as more significant than some of young Spieth’s records. The reigning US Open & Masters Champion stuck around and became one of us … a spectator. While his friend, mentor and “big brother”, Zach Johnson was showing the world what he was made of, Spieth showed the class and maturity that so very few professional athletes today seem to be capable of demonstrating. For him to stick around and greet Johnson on the 18th green was profound.
As for Johnson, there can be no doubt that he has assured his place as one of the greats in the game. Very few men in history can say they have earned both the Claret Jug and a Green Jacket, and to claim the jug at St. Andrews no less, well that’s the icing on the cake. Johnson’s performance and the respect his peers have for his game is only topped by the respect they have for the man himself, both on and off the course. Zach Johnson truly is the Champion Golfer of the Year!
“A tradition unlike any other” – Truer words were never spoken. It’s finally here – The MASTERS and we’ve got you covered with all the news, notes, scores, stories and more from Magnolia Lane.
History has already been made and records set at The Masters this year. Joining us for a LIVE interview from inside the ropes at Augusta is Golf Channel’s lead reporter, Todd Lewis. Todd spoke with Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods today and I can’t wait to get Todd’s insight and predictions for the weekend!
Tune in this Saturday at 8:00 on WSRQ Radio or Stream LIVE online at www.wsrqradio.com