Spieth, who at 21 is just a few months older than Tiger Woods was when he won the Masters for the first time, scored a two-under 70 in Sunday’s fourth round to finish 18-under for the tournament, equalling Woods’ record from 1997.
Past British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen was the best of the South Africans as he finished tied 19th with a total of 284 for a four-under par finish over the tournament. The Mossel Bay-born player, who ended with a par round of 72 said that he was not happy with his performance in the final round.
“Today was not pretty. I was in trouble the first seven holes really. I probably should be happy with level par and I will take a lot of positives out of it. I hit some good shots this week and it is good to go forward to the next major on this and see if I can improve all the time.”
Asked to describe his tournament, he said it was probably mixed. “I can’t say I had a good tournament, but it did not have a bad tournament. It was somewhere in between.”
Four-time major winner Ernie Els played a solid round of golf on Sunday with two birdies and two bogeys for a par round of 72. He finished two-under for the tournament and tied in 22nd place.
“It was not a great weekend, but I have been hitting it nicely. I think I am in with a chance this year to challenge in some of the majors. A couple of mistakes cost me a lot, they probably cost me a top ten finish. I feel like I am hitting it well and I have got to take that out of here.”
He said that if there was a defining moment it was the 15th hole in the third round when he shot a double bogey. “That really cost more than just those two shots. It cost me two shots afterwards as it really lingered. I would have been much higher had I not made that mistake.”
Els, who was 24 when he won his first US Open title, said that he did not expect Spieth to change as a result of his win. “Look at me, it did not change me,” he said with a laugh.
“Seriously though, he has a great background, I know his family. He is a golfer and he knows that he wont become a genius overnight and he wont solve the worlds’ problems. And if he keeps that in mind he will be fine. I think that is who Jordan is. He is a steady kid and wants to be a really good golfer. He is pretty solid and he will be fine.”
A dejected-looking Charl Schwartzel, who played a three-over 75 in the final round, to finish one-over for the tournament, was looking for answers after his round. “Who knows what went wrong. That is just the way golf is, sometimes you hit poor shots and you get penalised and when you start hitting bad ones you get even more penalised and that is pretty much what it felt like.”
“There is nothing really to say. I had a very poor weekend.
He said that he was grateful that as a Masters champion he no longer needed to qualify. “Of course you want to come back. This is a special place and that is what makes it frustrating because I know I am a lot better than what I am finishing on. But the fact that I can come back next year and try again and the year after that, does help.” – ANA
Original source: Disappointing Masters for SA