The Masters never fails to serve up some of the most exciting golf of the year and this time around it was no different.
Louis Oosthuizen’s hole in one on the 16th hole was just the icing on the cake in a spectacular four days of golf at Augusta. It was also the third of the day on the same hole.
Danny Willett left Augusta with the green jacket but that is just one of many talking points coming out of the weekend’s golf. Willett found himself five shots behind leader Jordan Spieth, as the American birdied four in a row at the end of the front nine.
Spieth had a nightmare on the back nine however, dropping six shots in three holes including a quadruple bogey on the par three 12th. Willett, who was five behind, suddenly found himself three ahead after a couple birdies of his own.
Spieth looked all weekend like he had Augusta completely figured out as he fended off challenges from the field, most notably from Rory McIlroy who edged closer on Friday. After winning the tournament last year, very few would have backed against the world number two going into the final day. Looking like he might come back again after a birdie at 15, Spieth missed a five-foot putt for birdie at 16, all but confirming Willett as the new champion.
Hole 16 provided much of the entertainment for the day at Augusta as Shane Lowry, Davis Love III and Oosthuizen all scored a hole in one at 16. Before Sunday there had only been 15 holes in one in the history of the Masters but hole 16 seemed to be set up for it on Sunday with many golfers going close.
The third hole in one by Oosthuizen proved to be the most outrageous as his ball bounced off J.B. Holmes’ golf ball and somehow still found its way into the hole.
Watch the drama unfold below:
Video credit: John Smith
Paul O’Dea, Pundit Arena