The 18: Thoughts on the Masters

The 18 is a look at eighteen stories from the previous week or so in the world of golf, and they will usually be on stories that I didn’t dedicate a full post towards. Expect a combination of thoughts, GIFs, images and anything else that caught my eye from the past seven days. Some will be longer thoughts, and others will be no more than a line or two. This week will be a little shorter than normal with a few links at the end, as I’ll have a separate post coming tomorrow with thoughts on the Masters.

The 18 will (hopefully) run every Tuesday. You can catch up on previous versions of The 18 right here.

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Sergio Garcia wins the Masters

Sergio Garcia was always supposed to win a major championship.

When you’re blessed with the ball striking ability that Garcia has been given, winning golf tournaments and major championships seems like it should be a given, but we all know that’s simply not the case. Whether we’re talking about 1999 at Medinah when he battled Tiger Woods at his peak, scissor kicking up to the fairway at 19 years old and falling one shot short, or losing in a playoff to Padraig Harrington in 2007 at Carnoustie because of a putt that somehow didn’t turn right into the hole, Garcia has suffered some bad beats.

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Thoughts and predictions as we head into the 2017 Masters

1. Players flying under the radar who can win this tournament:

  • Paul Casey
    • Since emerging from the wilderness a few years ago, Casey has very quietly posted T6 and T4 finishes in the last two years, and while there are definitely some concerns about how high he hits the ball, this is clearly the major he has performed best at over the years. He’s just a really solid player that seems to get overlooked, partially because he only has one win on the PGA Tour.
  • Louis Oosthuizen
    • If you read enough about the PGA Tour, it won’t take you too long to see someone say that Oosthuizen could be the best player out there if he wanted to be, but that golf just isn’t everything to him. Every once and a while, he pops up on a leaderboard and reminds you of just how good he is, and he has done just that in this tournament before. You never know when it’s going to happen, and it could absolutely be this week.
  • Justin Rose
    • Perpetually underrated with a ton of good success at this event, including back in 2015 when he posted a -14 that somehow was only good enough to finish four back of Jordan Spieth. U.S. Open, Olympic gold and a green jacket sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

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The 18: Golf failed at the ANA Inspiration

The 18 is a look at eighteen stories from the previous week or so in the world of golf, and they will usually be on stories that I didn’t dedicate a full post towards. Expect a combination of thoughts, GIFs, images and anything else that caught my eye from the past seven days. Some will be longer thoughts, and others will be no more than a line or two. This week will be a little shorter than normal with a few links at the end, as I’ll have a separate post coming tomorrow with thoughts on the Masters.

The 18 will (hopefully) run every Tuesday. You can catch up on previous versions of The 18 right here.

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March 29th Mailbag: Rahm, Masters scenarios and bagged milk

Overflowing with mailbag questions this week on Augusta, DJ, Jon Rahm and so much more. Keep the questions coming on Twitter or send them to my e-mail: adamrsarson@gmail.com

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The 18: Dustin Johnson is pretty good at golf

The 18 is a look at eighteen stories from the previous week or so in the world of golf, and they will usually be on stories that I didn’t dedicate a full post towards. Expect a combination of thoughts, GIFs, images and anything else that caught my eye from the past seven days. Some will be longer thoughts, and others will be no more than a line or two.

The 18 will (hopefully) run every Tuesday. You can catch up on previous versions of The 18 right here.

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The 18: Leishman wins at Bay Hill

The 18 is a look at eighteen stories from the previous week or so in the world of golf, and they will usually be on stories that I didn’t dedicate a full post towards. Expect a combination of thoughts, GIFs, images and anything else that caught my eye from the past seven days. Some will be longer thoughts, and others will be no more than a line or two.

The 18 will (hopefully) run every Tuesday. You can catch up on previous versions of The 18 right here.

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2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Records for all 64 players

This week, sixty four of the best players in the world will tee it up at Austin Country Club in Texas for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. As I do every year, I’ve created a table looking at the match play records for each player in the field, with each player name being clickable and taking you to the full details of each match. It is sorted by winning percentage, with the following tournaments being covered:

  • WGC-Match Play (1999-2016): This shows their record at all previous courses to host the event, dating back to 1999.
  • Presidents Cup: Singles records only from the Presidents Cup.
  • Ryder Cup: Singles records only from the Ryder Cup.
  • Other: The Cisco/Volvo World Match Play on the European Tour, as well as the Paul Lawrie Match Play, Seve Trophy, Royal Trophy and Eurasia Cup. Again, singles records only. Note that this doesn’t include the 1994, 1995 or 1996 Cisco Match Play, which were all won by Ernie Els. There just isn’t enough reliable data available online to include the information, but if anyone has access to it, let me know and I’ll add them in.

Note that Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and Adam Hadwin all qualified for the event, but will not be playing for a variety of reasons. Their full records, minus Hadwin since he has never played in professional match play, can be accessed by clicking on their names as well.

One last note: in addition to looking at the winning percentage, it’s obviously important to look at the total number of matches played as well, and the quality of competition. For example, Rory having won 67% of his forty two matches across all competitions is far more impressive than Joost Luiten having won 67% in his twelve matches, most of which haven’t come at the WGC.

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The 18: Hadwin, Cantlay and the API

The 18 is a look at eighteen stories from the previous week or so in the world of golf, and they will usually be on stories that I didn’t dedicate a full post towards. Expect a combination of thoughts, GIFs, images and anything else that caught my eye from the past seven days. Some will be longer thoughts, and others will be no more than a line or two.

The 18 will (hopefully) run every Tuesday. You can catch up on previous versions of The 18 right here.

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The 18: DJ wins in Mexico

The 18 is a look at eighteen stories from the previous week or so in the world of golf, and they will usually be on stories that I didn’t dedicate a full post towards. Expect a combination of thoughts, GIFs, images and anything else that caught my eye from the past seven days. Some will be longer thoughts, and others will be no more than a line or two.

The 18 will (hopefully) run every Tuesday. You can catch up on previous versions of The 18 right here.

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