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Post subject: 2015 Masters replay  PostPosted: Apr 05, 2016 - 10:50 AM

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In anticipation of the start of the Masters this week, I took out the 2015 set and started a replay of last year's tournament. I took the top 43 golfers from last year's tournament with the intention of making a cut after the second round to 25 (or more if the 25th golfer has the same score as others).


The first round was full of action and when it was over many of the favorites were among the leaders. There were a few surprises, however. Hitting almost flawless approach shots all day, Bubba Watson finished the day with a -7/65 to top the leaderboard. He was followed closely by Henrik Stenson (-6/66) who deftly navigated some of Augusta's difficult bunkers as if they were mere annoyances. In a bit of a surprise, Australian John Senden finished alone in 3rd place with a -4/68 round. Senden was hitting the ball of the tee very well today. "I felt very confident, for some reason, and just relaxed and hit the ball. I look forward to getting out there tomorrow," Senden said after the round.

Other golfers fared less well. Adam Scott had a disastrous +8/81 after taking penalty strokes on several Par 3 holes. Kevin Streelman had problems on Augusta's long Par 5s and finished +6/78.

The leaderboard looks like this after the first round:

Bubba Watson -7
Henrik Stenson -6
John Senden -4
Jordan Spieth -3
Brooks Koepka -2
Louis Oosthuizen -2
Cameron Tringale -1
Jason Day -1
Webb Simpson -1
Steve Stricker -1
Tiger Woods -1
Bill Haas -1
Dustin Johnson -1
(6 golfers finished with E/72 for the round)

Round Notes: *there were 17 rating checks for the 43 golfers
* 6 of the 17 rating checks were for Big/Bad Day
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The second round at Augusta is in the books and Bubba Watson remains at the top of the leaderboard. Watson finished with an unremarkable -1/71, although he did manage to navigate his way out of trouble during the round. John Senden moved into second place with a -3/69. Senden also found trouble around the course, but he managed to turn those situations to his favor. The best round of the day belonged to Keegan Bradley, who shot a -4/68 to move up the ranks.

Charley Hoffman turned in the worst round of the day, a +5/77, thanks to some poor drives.

After two rounds, the leaderboard looks like this:

Bubba Watson -8
John Senden -7
Henrik Stenson -5
Jordan Spieth -4
Jason Day -4
Brooks Koepka -3
Louis Oosthuizen -3
Keegan Bradley -3
Dustin Johnson -3
Steve Stricker -2
Justin Rose -2

The field was trimmed down to 25 golfers, with golfers scoring greater than 146 (+2) being cut. Notable cuts were Rory McIlroy who shot a disappointing +6/150 for the two rounds; Phil Mickelson (+3/147); and Sergio Garcia (+3/147). Tiger Woods made the cut and stands at Even par/144 after two rounds.

The final two days should be exciting, with many golfers still in the hunt for the green jacket. Can Watson hold off the challenge from Senden, who may be playing the best golf of his career. Will Day or Spieth, lurking in 4th place, make a move to the lead? Can Henrik Stenson get back to good form after his mediocre +1/73 round today?

Round Notes: *There were 15 skill/scoring checks this round, but only 1 big/bad day check (Senden's trouble check);
*Rickie Fowler came back from the brink by scoring a -2/70 after his first round 76. Fowler had a good day on the long holes. He just made the cut at +2/146.
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On the strength of a -7/65 for the round, Jason Day catapulted into first place after three rounds at the Masters. Day was strong in all aspects of the game, but he was particularly deft his day on those occasions when he found himself in a little trouble. In those instances, he was outstanding, turning lead into gold like an alchemist. Day's 65 would be matched this day by Justin Rose, who played a strong round and birdied each and every Par 3 hole on the course. For his efforts on this day, Rose finds himself in second place going into the final round. Two-day leader Bubba Watson finished with a -1/71 and is now tied with Rose, 2 shots behind Day, at -9 for the tournament. John Senden and Henrik Stenson came in at even par, still in the hunt, but now several strokes back. Dustin Johnson had a solid day, coming in with a -5/67 to put himself into 4th place.

Here is the leaderboard going into the final round:

Jason Day -11
Bubba Watson -9
Justin Rose -9
Dustin Johnson -8
John Senden -7
Jordan Spieth -6
Henrik Stenson -5
Brooks Koepka -4
Zach Johnson -4
Hunter Mahan -4

Round Notes: *there were 12 skill/score checks of the 25 golfers in this round; 2 of those were Big/Bad Day checks, including Rose's Par 3 check

*Rickie Fowler stands well behind the leaders, but if he hadn't had such a poor first round, he would be among them. His last two rounds have been among the best in the tournament.

*Tiger Woods had a tough day, coming in at +4/76.
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Jason Day held off challenges from Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson to win the 2015 Masters Tournament. Day had a solid performance under the pressure of leading going into the final round. He finished with a -4/68 after birdies on many Par 4 holes. Dustin Johnson had the best round of the day, however, coming in at -5/67. However, Day never really faltered and Johnson's great effort came up 2-strokes short. Bubba Watson found his putting stroke, also coming in at -4/68, but, again, this was not enough to overcome the cool precision of Day.

Justin Rose came into the day vying for the lead, but lost his touch on the greens today, coming in at a round-worst +4/76.

John Senden finished tied for 3rd place with Jordan Spieth at -10 for the tournament. Senden was the Cinderella story this tournament and turned in scores of 68-69-72-69. Clearly, Senden's success this week was attributable to his fine efforts off the tee. Senden's drives were long and straight for most of the tournament and kept him in contention all 4 days.

For Day, it is his second straight victory in my golf world. Day took home the trophy in my recent 2015 Valspar Invitational as well.

The Final Leaderboard:

Jason Day -15
Bubba Watson -13
Dustin Johnson -13
John Senden -10
Jordan Spieth -10
Henrik Stenson -9
Zach Johnson -7
Russell Henley -6
Justin Rose -5
Hunter Mahan -5
Jonas Blixt -5
Rickie Fowler -4

Round Notes:
*there were only 8 of 25 skill/score checks this round, with only 1 Big/Bad Day check (Rose's putting);
*only 3 golfers finished this round over par

Tournament Notes:
*there were a total of 186 rounds in the tournament
*65 was the best round score, achieved by 3 golfers (Bubba Watson, Jason Day, and Justin Rose)
*of the 186 rounds, there were 52 skill/score checks (11 of those were Big/Bad Day checks)
*the skill/score checks broke down as follows:
Drive - 6
Fairway - 6
Trouble - 8
Putting - 11
Par 3 - 9
Par 4 - 7
Par 5 - 5
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