2021 Masters Review

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With the 2021 Masters coming to a close this past weekend we would like to take this article to give you a summary of everything that happened in case you didn’t have time to watch it this weekend.

We start this article with the start of the tournament, looking specifically at the players who did not make the cutline going into Saturday. This Masters was quite unique when it comes to that respect, with many of the best players in the world, including the reigning Masters champion, missing the cutline this past weekend. This includes stars like Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Rory McIlroy. Dustin Johnson was not only the reigning champion but is also the number one ranked golfer in the world currently. With this statistic he joins a negative part of history being the third defending champion within the past five years to miss the cut and the 12th Master champion to miss it in general. We were not as surprised to see Koepka or McIlroy miss the cut due to their recent struggles, but these are still big names to be missing the cut at a Majors championship event.

There were some newcomers that made a large way in this year’s tournament, specifically Will Zalatoris who prior to this event called the Korn Ferry Tour home. This was the third Major championship event that he had played on in the PGA Tour, but keep in mind that this was his very first appearance at the Masters specifically. With that being said, expectations were low for this young golfer, in fact not many people even knew his name prior to this tournament. Despite the low expectations, he quickly jumped to the front of the pack where you could see his name towards the top of the leaderboard day after day. People expected him to fall off even after the first round, but he stayed put and kept his ground. He eventually finished in second place with a score of nine under par, and had one of the best finishes for a first time Masters player in the history of the tournament.

As for the final day of the tournament it still made for some excitement, with Jon Rahm coming out of nowhere and having a day six under par to finish tied for fifth place. Although it was safe to say that all eyes were on Hideki Matsuyama and Xander Schauffele who were the final group of the day. It was safe to say that it was exciting from start to finish with Schauffele having a day full of birdies and bogeys even though he would finish the round with even par. Matsuyama came into the day with a four stroke lead, and did win the tournament after all but did so by only one stroke due to a bogey on hole eighteen. In doing so he became the first Japanese Masters champion in the history of the tournament. It is safe to say that it was a great day for him, but it was a great day in golf history for sure.

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