Thursday, April 7, 2016

Breaking Records at The Masters


The 80th Masters tournament officially teed off today (Thurs., April 7) but there was a lot of commotion at Augusta yesterday. During the annual Par 3 Tournament, an astonishing nine players made holes-in-one, setting a new record! Included in those nine were our very own Team RSM members Zach Johnson and Andy Sullivan! Watch them sink their holes-in-one on The Masters Twitter account (Zach’s Shot | Andy’s Shot). If this isn’t a great start to their weeks, we don’t know what is!  And, if you want to see the other seven, check out this video!

Team RSM member Davis Love III is at Augusta, as well, along with previous RSM Classic winners Chris Kirk (2013), Robert Streb (2014) and Kevin Kisner (2015). Their tee times are below:

PLAYER
TEE #
TIME (ET)
Robert Streb
1
8:31 a.m.
Zach Johnson
1
9:26 a.m.
Chris Kirk
1
10:21 a.m.
Andy Sullivan
1
10:32 a.m.
Kevin Kisner
1
11:05 a.m.
Davis Love III
1
12:22 p.m.

Best of luck to “our guys”! We’ll be watching and cheering them on throughout the weekend. Who do YOU think will be sporting the green jacket Sunday?
 
 
Leading up to The Masters, Team RSM members have been in the news quite a bit. Davis spoke with CBS about how he prepared for the week. Watch the interview below:

 
Golf is really all about sharing the knowledge of the game – this week especially! We’ve read multiple articles about players passing along tips and techniques about how others can play their best game during this prestigious tournament. The PGA shared an article about last year’s RSM Classic Champion Kevin Kisner getting insights from Team RSM member Zach Johnson. "I got to pick his brain a bit. He's a champion, so it was a good experience," Kisner said. Sky Sports did a similar feature with Team RSM member Andy Sullivan getting advice from two former Masters champions. The article quotes Andy saying, "It was really cool. Mark O'Meara and Mike Weir were in the group ahead of me and invited me to join them," Sullivan told Skysports.com. "It was great to play with them and pick their brains. Obviously it's my first Masters and I need to get as much information as possible.” You can read the complete article here.

The PGA Tour features a breakdown of the Augusta National Golf Club holes, with perspectives from the players. Our very own Zach Johnson talked about holes No. 9 and 18. Below is an excerpt of his perspective but you can read the full article here. It’s a great read, especially if you plan on watching!

No. 9: 460 yards, par-4
“Carolina Cherry”
Zach Johnson (2007 Masters champion) says: “It’s a tee shot that looks fairly daunting. You can’t see where your ball ends up, but there’s a tree out in the distance that is your target. It calls for a draw because the fairway goes right-to-left, but you can still play a power-fade because it does open up on the right side. The other thing that’s hard about it is that when you get back in that little hollow back in the tee box, you don’t really feel the wind, so whatever you feel on 8, you have to remember it for 9. The second shot is on a severe downhill lie hitting severely uphill, so it’s one that with a three-tiered green, a false front, hitting it to the middle of the green is pretty good. The front pins are the hardest on that hole because it’s hard to keep it on that level. Missing it right on that hole on the second shot isn’t ideal, but isn’t that bad because you’re kind of chipping back uphill. It’s usually a driver and mid-iron for me.” 

No. 18: 465 yards, par-4
“Holly”
Zach Johnson (2007 Masters champion) says: “It’s a tough hole. It’s very much a chute. You have more fairway on the right than it looks. It calls for a power fade off the bunker out there. Some guys can get to that bunker downwind. I can’t. The tee shot is slightly uphill. The second shot is 6-7 percent uphill, so if you have 200 yards, it plays 10-15 yards longer. The green looks really, really small to the eye from the fairway. It’s multi-tiered with a false front. Middle of the green, especially with a mid-iron, is ideal. The ball will roll back if the pin is up front. It’s hard to get up-and-down long. On average, it’s usually a 5- or 6-iron. Anywhere from 180 to 215. If the pin is on the right side of the green, being left is never bad, and vice versa. If you short-side yourself, you’re making a bogey unless you make a long putt. The front-left pin on Sunday, you don’t want to be left.”  

The Masters is debuting a new “Featured Group” channel that provides three hours of live action each day on Masters.com.  For today’s coverage, Zach Johnson is in the first group which started at 9:26 a.m. and Davis Love III is in the fourth group starting at 12:22 p.m. You can see who else is being featured here.  

We look forward to a great weekend of golf, which is making us anxious to return to Sea Island for The RSM Classic (Nov. 14-20)! Check back next week for more updates.