Masters Tracker: Day 4 at Augusta National

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 10, 2016, 3:00 pm

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7:14PM: The final leaderboard. And that's all folks. Another incredible finish at the Masters.

7:06PM: Spieth finishes with a par. That's a second-nine 41 and a 1-over 73 total. Spieth ties for second with Westwood.

7:01PM: Spieth bogeys 17 and that's it. Danny Willett is the 2016 Masters champion.

6:51PM: Spieth finds a bunker on 17 from the fairway. Things are looking good for Willett ...

6:44PM: Spieth stuffs his approach on 16, but he misses the tricky birdie putt. Two behind Willett with two to play.

6:40PM: Incredible round by Willett.

6:36PM: Spieth birdies 15 to get back to 3 under. He's two behind Willett with three to play.

6:34PM: Ummm .... about DJ .... Makes double bogey on the par-4 17th, drops back to 1 under par. Now it's all down to Spieth.

6:29PM: Willett leaves birdie putt short on 18. Knocks in his par for a 5-under 67, and he currently leads DJ by two, and Spieth and Westwood by three. Spieth is in close for birdie on 15.

6:24PM: Willett in total control. Finds the fairway on 18, then sticks his approach to about 15 feet.

6:21PM: Spieth juuuuust misses his birdie on 14. Stays at 2 under, three behind Willett.

6:13PM: Willett goes long left on 17, but he hits an incredible chip shot and saves par to remain at 5 under par, two ahead of DJ, who makes par at 16.

6:05PM: Spieth bounces back with birdie at 13. He gets back to 2 under, three behind Willett.

6:02PM: DJ misses eagle putt on 15. Another birdie, though, and he's at 3 under, two behind Willett.

5:59PM: Another birdie for Willett. Stuffs his tee shot on the par-3 16th and makes the birdie putt. He's now 5 under par, three ahead of Westwood and DJ. Spieth is 1 under.

5:57PM: Spieth's nightmare quad at the 12th:

5:53PM: What a crazy turn of events:

5:49PM: Spieth makes a quad on No. 12. He's now 1 under par. Un ... real.

5:44PM: This is insane. Spieth chunks his third shot on 12 into the water. His fifth shot flies long into the back bunker.

5:40PM: Spieth finds the water on the par-3 12th. Unreal turn of events. And now we have ourselves a wide-open tournament.

5:36PM: Hooooooo boy. Spieth bogeys par-4 11th, he's back to 5 under par. Spieth started the second nine with a five-shot lead, and now it's only one over Willett.

5:34PM: DJ leaves eagle putt short on 13. But he makes birdie to reach 2 under par.

5:32PM: Willett (-4) birdies par-4 14th. That's two birdies in a row, and he's trimmed Spieth's lead to two strokes.

5:30PM: More trouble for Spieth. Has to punch out from trees on the par-4 11th. Meanwhile, Willett is in tight for birdie on 14.

5:26PM: DJ (-1) hits par-5 13th in two. Great look at eagle coming up.

5:22PM: Willett birdies par-5 13th. He's now 3 under, three behind Spieth.

5:21PM: Rose making a late run. Birdies 13, 15 and 16 to reach 1 under par.

5:20PM: Spieth bogeys par-4 10th. Can't get up-and-down from a bunker, and his lead is back to four over Willett.

5:17PM: DJ starts second nine with three straight pars. 1 under par, six back heading to the first of two par 5s.

5:12PM: Welp, this is incredible ...

5:10PM: Here's where we stand heading to the second nine.

5:03PM: Spieth birdies par-4 9th. Closes out the front nine with four straight birdies, and his lead is now five over Willett.

4:57PM: Spieth currently leads by four.

4:55PM: DJ misses a good look at birdie on 10. He remains at 1 under. Kjeldsen birdies par-3 12th to reach 1 under.

4:50PM: Spieth birdies the par-5 8th to reach 6 under. That's three birdies in a row, and the defending champ leads Willett by four.

4:47PM: Poulter weighs in ...

4:41PM: Westwood bogeys No. 10. Back to even par. He's five back ... for now. Spieth is in great shape at the par-5 eighth.

4:35PM: DJ birdies No. 9 He's in red numbers at 1 under, four off the pace.

4:28PM: Spieth makes his second consecutive birdie, at No. 7, to get to 5 under. His lead is now three shots over Willett. Kaufman is five back after another bogey.

4:27PM: Bryson DeChambeau will be low amateur. He closed in even-par 72 to finish at 5 over. DeChambeau will make his pro debut next week at the RBC Heritage.

4:24PM: Lee Westwood birdies three of his final four holes on the first nine to shoot 34 and reach 1 under par. He's three back. Playing alongside Westwood, countryman Willett makes a gutsy par at No. 9 to make the turn at 2 under.

4:18PM: Dustin Johnson had 11 feet for eagle at the par-5 eighth, cut couldn't convert. He made birdie. Day made birdie. Both are four back, at even par.

4:13PM: Putter. On. Fire. Spieth makes huge birdie at par-3 sixth, following that bogey on No. 5. He back to two up on Willett. Kaufman pars the fifth and is three back.

4:08PM: Willett taps in for birdie at the par-5 eighth. He's now one off the lead.

4:04PM: Spieth drops a shot. Jordan bogeys No. 5 to drop to 3 under. His lead is two, over Kaufman, Kjeldsen and Willett.

4:01PM: None of the big-name pursuers are doing any actual pursuing. Matsuyama just made a double at No. 6 to fall off the map.

3:53PM: Westwood birdies No. 7, his second straight birdie, to get back to even par. Matsuyama bogeys No. 5 to drop to 1 over.

3:47PM: Spieth's putter is on fire. Despite a poor tee shot, Spieth makes a 12-footer for par at the fourth to remain at 4 under. Meanwhile, Kaufman makes his second consecutive bogey and falls to 1 under. Spieth's lead is now 3.

3:46PM: McIlroy update: After a birdie at No. 7, Rory had a 10-footer for eagle at the eighth ... but he missed it. The birdie gets him back to 2 over, six back.

3:40PM: Major disappointments early on Sunday: Day bogeys No. 5 to fall to 1 over. DJ makes double and drops to 2 over.

3:36PM: Danny Willett joins red figures with a birdie at the sixth. As it stands now: Spieth (-4), Kaufman (-2), Kjeldsen (-1), Matsuyama (-1), Willett (-1)

3:34PM: Kaufman bogeys the third to drop to 2 under. Spieth saves par. Spieth is two up.

3:30PM: After four years without a Masters ace, we have two today. Davis Love III holed out with a 7-iron. Coincidentally, both Love and Lowry shot 41 on the first nine today.

3:23PM: Langer makes double bogey at the third He's dropped three shots in three holes and is down to 2 over, six back.

3:22PM: Expert analysis from 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman.

3:20PM: Soren Kjeldsen makes a huge putt at the fifth hole for birdie. He's at 1 under.

3:18PM: Spieth hits a crazy good curler at the par-5 second and eventually converts a 3-footer for birdie. Kaufman hit a great approach shot to 5 feet and made it for birdie. Spieth remains one up, at 4 under.

3:14PM: McIlroy update. There may not be another one for a long while (like when he putts out on 18).

3:12PM: Check out this shot from Billy Horschel. Wind can't blow the ball off the green if it's in the hole.

3:11PM: DJ drove through the green at No. 3 and hit a brilliant pitch to within 4 feet of the hole. But he missed the birdie putt. He and playing competitor Jason Day remain at even par.

3:08PM: Matsuyama birdies the second. He moves to 1 under, two off the lead.

3:04PM: Shane Lowry just aced the par-3 16th with an 8-iron.

3:01PM: Day and DJ both parred the par-5 second. They are part of a six-man group at even par.

2:57PM: Kaufman misses a 4-footer for birdie at the first. A little too far left, little too much speed. He makes a 3-footer for par to remain one back of Spieth, who also parred the first.

2:54PM: McIlroy finds his original ball in the right trees on No. 4. He hits an amazing pitch out of the jungle and onto the green, but misses the par putt and drops back to 3 over.

2:52PM: Oh, Smylie! Kaufman nearly jars his approach shot at the first. He's got a few feet left for birdie.

2:51PM: Langer and Matsuyama bogey the first. Spieth and Kaufman are currently the only players under par.

2:46PM: Spieth finds the fairway and Kaufman's tee shot lands just outside the right fairway bunker, but may not give him much of a stance.

2:42PM: McIlroy hit a provisional on the par-3 fourth. Those aren't good.

2:39PM: Rut-roh

2:37PM: Langer and Matsuyama are off. Just one group remains.

2:32PM: McIlroy settles for a two-putt birdie at the third and is five back.

2:32PM: Does this make Jordan Spieth David Sims?

2:30PM: After a par at the par-5 second, McIlroy drives the green at the par-4 third. He's got 16 feet for eagle.

2:28PM: It's a bogey at the first for Lee Westwood, too He drops to 2 over par and is now five back.

2:20PM: Check out this Tiger-esque chip-in.

2:12PM: The 1-overs are now on the course. That group includes Soren Kjeldsen, Brandt Snedeker and Lee Westwood. Then we have the even-par players, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Danny Willett.

2:07PM: McIlroy's Sunday Masters run may have ended right out of the gates. He bogeyed the first and is now six back.

2:03PM: For three days, Bernhard Langer has looked like he was wearing a Little League hat from Target. That blank space on the front will be filled on Masters Sunday, though.

2:01PM: And don't forget! The top 12 and ties earn an invite back next year. Bryson DeChambeau is currently tied for 18th, two shots off that cut line.

1:51PM: Lots of red on the board compared to yesterday. Ten players are currently under par for the day. Matthew Fitzpatrick is two under through three, 3 over for the event.

1:42PM: Rory McIlroy is about to tee off. He starts the day at 2 over par, three off the lead. A victory today would secure the career Grand Slam.

1:31PM: Two amateurs made the cut. France's Romain Langasque followed his third-round 83 with a closing 68. He finished at 10 over par. The other amateur, Bryson DeChambeau, is currently at 4 over par through four holes.

1:24PM: The first player to post a final score is Kevin Na. Na shot even-par 72 to finish at 15 over par. That's 13 strokes better than his Saturday 85.

1:19PM: If this doesn't get you jacked up for what may lie ahead, nothing will.

1:09PM: The 4-overs are now teeing off. That group includes Casey, Grillo, Horschel, Kuchar, Oosthuizen, Wood and Walker.

1:02PM: Some more Langer facts:

12:51PM: Call off the Adam Scott watch. He made bogey at No. 4 and is only 1 under today, now nine back of Spieth.

12:47PM: Mouth. Watering.

12:37PM: Of the 31 players on-course right now, eight players are under par on the day,

12:34PM: MA! The meatloaf!

12:30PM: Where would a Bernhard Langer win rank?

12:23PM: Is that why it's called tWITter?

12:16PM: 2 under through 2 holes. Look out, Adam Scott is on the move and now only(!) eight shots back.

12:09PM: Trouble in paradise? Brandel Chamblee is a believer of self-correcting.

12:04PM: Your 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott makes birdie at No. 1 today. He's one of only four players under par on the course Sunday (others: Henrik Stenson, Kevin Na, Cameron Smith).

11:59AM: For more on the ageless wonder that is Bernhard Langer, check out senior writer Ryan Lavner's column from Saturday night.

11:55AM: Wonder who she's rooting for.

11:52AM: Fact.

11:44AM: Calmer winds means low numbers are out there. Kevin Na is finding them early on Sunday.

11:34AM: Past and present. No, I'm not talking about Bernhard Langer and Jordan Spieth. Here's a look at Sunday hole locations at Augusta this year and last,

11:25AM: Don't mind if we do.

11:21AM: Something to nibble on this morning. Ya know, in addition to your pimento cheese sandwich.

11:12AM: Doesn't quite have the same ring to it as "Arnie's Army," but we appreciate the enthusiasm.

11:07AM: Snedeker begins the day four shots back, and on Twitter, apparently.

11:04AM: Some players going low already, including Kevin Na.

11:00AM: Hello, friends. Welcome to the Sunday Masters tracker. First, a look at the leaderboard through 54 holes.

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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry