2014 Masters Round 4

My last round of this year’s Masters Tournament was a bit better than Saturday and overall, I’m pleased with how things ended up. Of course it can always be better, but that’s golf.

I didn’t drive the ball that well on Sunday and at Augusta National that can make for a tough day. I had to play from a few places I wasn’t expecting, but having said that, I think I managed my game well.

My short game was working much better and I hit some great shots around the greens. I had some great up and downs and I also chipped in twice, the first on 11 and the second on 12.

The course played really tough all week – hard and fast. On 17, I hit a five iron into the green that landed a foot in front. I thought that would be perfect and the ball would just ease up to the hole. Instead, it bounced hard and rolled over 20 feet, but hey that’s major championship golf for you.

There were a couple of scary moments for me today. On the second hole, my ball was on the pine straw and when I swung I hit a tree root. That sent a stinger up my arm, thankfully it went away after a few minutes. The same thing happened on the tenth hole, but I had only grazed the root. Luckily it was just a temporary sting and nothing more.

On the whole, it was a better day and I’m hoping I can see more of those as the season progresses.

I haven’t really had time to assess what I’ll take away from this week. I do know that it was one of my better putting performances of the year and I’m happy about that. I will look back on everything that happened here and figure out what I need to work on and where I saw progress.

Next week, I’ll be heading to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage which is on a course that really suits my game. I’m looking forward to seeing if the progress I’ve made in Augusta will carry onto the RBC Heritage and through the remainder of the year.

Leaving Augusta National is always a sad moment. No matter what happens around here, it’s always an honour and a thrill to play in the Masters.

As always, thanks for your support.
Mike