5 Things We Learned at the 2016 Masters

April 10, 2016
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On Sunday, Danny Willett ran away with the lead while Jordan Spieth crumpled on the back nine. Here’s what you need to know about the 2016 Masters:

1. This Masters was a wild, jerky, bone-white knuckles kind of rollercoaster ride. Those who thought that Jordan Spieth had the tournament sewn up were in for a heart-in-your-throat back-nine, as Danny Willett surged and Spieth collapsed with a quadruple bogey on the 12th hole.

2. The wind is a flighty mistress. The unpredictable weather conditions at Augusta made the first three days a nightmare for many players, causing even stars like Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler to miss the cut.

3. Age is just a number. On Saturday, 58-year-old Bernhard Langer was joined on the leader board by the 22-year-old Spieth and the 24-year-old Smylie Kaufman. Those perilous gusts were an equalizer on the course, one that helped veterans like Langer hang around over the weekend.

4. The golf gods giveth and the golf gods taketh away. After the wind blew his ball off the green and into the water on Saturday, Billy Horschel said that the sport’s capricious deities owed him one. He got his lucky break one day later on the 8th hole, when he had his approach shot take one hop and fall into the cup for an eagle. That wasn’t all the excitement on Sunday. The 16th hole saw three aces, including one epic shot from Louis Oosthuizen that saw his ball bounce off of J.B. Holmes’ on the green and drop into the cup for a hole-in-one.

5. The British are coming. Led by Danny Willett, the English players in the tournament rallied on Sunday. Lee Westwood and Paul Casey joined their countryman at the top of the leader board, shooting a 69 and a 67 respectively in the final round.