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After Further Review: Debunking the bomber myth

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Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on the advantage of being a "feel" player at Augusta, debunking the theory that you have to be a bomber to win there, and why we shouldn't be surprised that Jordan Spieth won the Masters.

Winning the Masters didn’t just get more difficult for Tiger Woods. It got tougher for Rory McIlroy. Woods’ game might be improving, but there has to be discouragement seeing how tough this championship will be with Jordan Spieth clearly having figured out the Rubic’s Cube that is Augusta National. McIlroy is still searching to understand how the pieces fit here. Yes, Spieth isn’t going to win here every year. He isn’t going to be playing well coming here every year, but this place suits him. He talked about being a feel player, and how much feel is required playing off the slopes and swales that make Augusta National so confounding. Spieth and Bubba Watson are both feel players. Watson wasn’t feeling it this year, and Spieth might not next year, but you get the feeling these two players could be on the stage taking turns slipping green jackets on each other more than once in the future. - Randall  Mell

So much for the theory that the Masters had been transformed into a long-drive contest with a soft spot for southpaws. Following victories in recent years by Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson – all founding members of the bomber’s club – some jokingly wondered if Augusta National was looking to back tees up to the other side of Berckmans Road to combat the distance gains. But on Sunday, Jordan Spieth proved in convincing style that the putter, not the driver, still rules at the Masters. The 21-year-old, who set 36-, 54- and 72-hole scoring records, ranked 52nd, out of 55 players that made the cut, in driving distance (285-yard average). Distance is always an advantage, but it’s not the only way to win at Augusta National. - Rex Hoggard

We should’ve seen this coming. We shouldn’t be the least bit surprised that Jordan Spieth dominated every phase of this 79th Masters. The stars were aligned and we should’ve used our context clues. Spieth has been playing better than anyone in the world the past month, he had revenge on his mind because of the bad taste left in his mouth from last year’s Masters failure and this was Ben Crenshaw’s last Masters. Crenshaw, a fellow Texas Longhorn, has been a mentor to Spieth and has shared much of his Augusta National knowledge with the new champ. The Masters always produces great theater.  Sure, hindsight is 20/20, but this outcome was bound to happen. We should’ve known better. – Jay Coffin