So many good cards this week at Augusta National. Lots of birdies. Lots of doubles. A smattering of eagles, and plenty of others. This always makes for a great tournament to watch, but it’s a little harder to pick the most intriguing card when there are so many out there. At first I thought it might be Marc Leishman or Peter Hanson, but those were just not very good rounds of golf. Then Gary Woodland put his name into the ring on Saturday, and Bernhard Langer threw down a similarly spectacular round on Sunday. But no one could do what Justin Rose did over the course of 72 holes.
Overall, Rose managed to put up a t14 finish at 289 (+1), which seems innocent enough until you see how he got there. Rose’s tournament long stretch of pars was five holes, two longer than his next best streak. Two of his three eagles on the week we semi-flop pitch shots on tough leaves that had no business going in, but once struck there was no other possibility. All told, Rose could only cobble together 36 pars. That is, he parred only half of his holes, which for a round isn’t terribly unusual, but for a 72-hole event with his final score being +1 it is, uhh, not common.
Full rundown of scores: