The great exhale has begun.
The Masters is just one week on the professional golf schedule but it dominates the landscape well in advance. By late Sunday evening, the decompression is in full force.
It continues this week at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town where the Spanish moss and South Carolina Lowcountry charms offer an ideal respite.
With the Masters as the baseline, it’s time to consider what’s ahead for some of the key figures involved last week:
Everything changed for Matsuyama with his Masters victory, particularly in his home country of Japan as he is sure to find out this week being back there.
A major championship was the one gap in Matsuyama’s résumé and he had quietly gone nearly four years without winning a tournament. He’s always been an exceptional ball-striker but he’s never been a great putter.
Winning the Masters doesn’t make Matsuyama a great putter but nothing is more valuable in golf than confidence. And a green jacket brings it. His short game last week was Olazábal level and ...
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