There are many, many things to love about the Masters, but one of my favorites has always been that it is both a high point and a beginning. One of the pinnacles of the season also, in a way, seems to kick off a great stretch of golf that is building towards another major (and another millionaire) before you know it.
So, did you hear about Jordan Spieth? He played a pretty good tournament last weekend. And, for the first time since 2007, the Masters champ is teeing it up again at the RBC Heritage. And why not? With a $6 million purse and FedEx Cup points on the line at one of the best golf courses in the country, why would’t you want to show up for this one? Not that I would necessarily want to play him this weekend. Being Master’s champ makes for a busy week – I am pretty sure he’s on Letterman tonight. Maybe he’ll practice some putting on the sidewalk.
For all of those reasons, you do see a rather deep field this weekend, with a number of well-ranked Americans, in particular. Many of the top golfers from last weekend are not here, but Spieth heads a groups of young guys who are always a threat to win when they are out on the course.
If you are relatively new to golf, here’s a tip: most people don’t shoot -18 at the Masters. There were a lot of low scores this past weekend, actually. Mickelson’s -14 would have been enough to win it each of the past three years – by at least 4 strokes each time. The winners at RBC Heritage, on the other hand, often have a final score somewhere in the vicinity of 14 or 15 strokes under par. But here, as opposed to Augusta, it’s not going to be one shining star, one outlier, doing most of the work. There is a good chance you are going to need to score more points than you have in a few weeks to place in GPPs and, proportionately, smaller things like 50/50s as well.