Golfing fans from around the globe were in anticipation of watching World Number One, Dustin Johnson, continue his winning streak with claiming another victory at this year Masters. But to everyone’s surprise, just as Johnson was about to join Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker at the first tee, he decided to withdraw from the Masters.
On the eve before Masters, Johnson, 32, was wearing socks while running down a polished wooden staircase, playing with his son, before slipping backwards and hurting his back.
In a statement Johnson said “I want to play, more than anything. I just can’t swing the club. It sucks, really bad.”
Masters began Thursday with two ceremonial tee shots and one empty chair.
In a somber tribute to Arnold Palmer, who died in September, Augusta National chairman Billy Payne escorted Palmer’s widow to the first tee for the honorary start. Payne also carried Palmer’s green jacket and draped it over a chair where Palmer sat last April.
This is the first Masters without the King since 1954.
CBS aired a special interview in honor of Arnold Palmer before the final round telecast on Sunday
The interview took place in Butler Cabin last year following the first-tee ceremony—the last time Arnie would set foot at Augusta National.
You can check out the special interview by clicking on this link.
As the Masters headed into the final rounds on Sunday, the showdown began between Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose as they battled it out on the greens to become this year’s Masters Champion.
And just when you thought it was over for Sergio after making a wayward tee shot at 13, he surprised the crowd and saved par. It was neck and neck all the way to the very last stroke.
This was a great match between two very talented golfers with two very different playing styles. The crowd agreed and as the final two players made their way to the final 18th hole, the crowds stood to their feet and applauded both players.
Although Rose was a triumphant competitor and held the lead for a while, it was definitely Sergio’s day making an eagle putt on the 15, his first eagle in his last 452 holes and then a birdie putt that gave him his first major victory!
The golf world toasted Garcia on Sunday evening as they watched him slip on the Green Jacket. It was a sweet moment.
Winning the 2017 Masters now puts Garcia in the top ten in career majors of all time. Only two other Spaniards have won Masters, his idols Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal.
Garcia told CBS reporter Jim Nantz, “It’s something amazing to win this and join my two idols of all time.”
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