SB Nation Chicago: All Posts by Brendan Porath http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/community_logos/48877/chicago-fave.png 2014-04-18T07:30:02-05:00 http://chicago.sbnation.com/authors/brendan-porath/rss 2014-04-18T08:30:02-04:00 2014-04-18T08:30:02-04:00 RBC Heritage 2014 live stream: How to watch online, TV coverage and more <img alt="" src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31801843/485357281.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Jordan Spieth, in the hunt again after 18 holes at Harbour Town, should headline the late afternoon coverage of the RBC Heritage on Friday.</p> <p>The RBC Heritage is one of the PGA Tour's great annual stops, hosted at one of the country's best courses, Harbour Town. When tour pros are polled, it's always ranked near the top or as the favorite annual course they play. There are always some mixed opinions on Pete Dye designs, but this original is almost universally loved. It's a shorter, classic layout that changes things up a bit from the often monotonous lengthy TPC courses that are week-to-week staples now.</p> <p>The love of the course and this event continues to draw a pretty loaded field for a tournament coming right on the heels of the first major of the season. Being a tour pro isn't the most taxing job in the world, but most of the top players generally take the week off after a major championship and relax. It also helps that the title sponsor has deals with a stable of impressive players, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Brandt Snedeker among them. Those guys all typically show up to this tourney and the RBC Canadian Open, fulfilling their duties as "brand ambassadors" or whatever they're called. It adds field depth to an already good event at a great course.</p> <p>Most of those headliners will be out in the morning wave on Friday before TV coverage begins. The biggest name in the afternoon draw is Jordan Spieth, the well-known prospect whose profile rocketed last week during his run at the Masters. The 20-year-old is playing with a couple Champions Tour eligible players this week, Tom Watson and Davis Love III. They tee off at 12:40 p.m. ET, so they should be making the turn as Golf Channel goes live at 3 p.m. Spieth is currently T5 at 2-under, in fine position and chasing a trio of leaders at 5-under. He was already becoming one of the top draws, but after his showing at the Masters, he'll continue to be the guy people follow most, especially with Tiger out.</p> <p>In addition to the three-hour afternoon broadcast window, Golf Channel will also have their usual simulcast stream up and running via their LiveExtra service. Here are your media options for the second round at Hilton Head:</p> <h4>Friday's second round coverage:</h4> <p><b>Television: </b>Golf Channel -- 3 to 6 p.m.</p> <p><b>Online: </b><a target="_blank" href="http://stream.golfchannel.com/?pid=24">Golf Live Extra</a> -- 3 to 6 p.m.</p> <p><b>Radio: </b>PGA Tour Radio (Sirius-XM channel 208/93) -- 12 to 6 p.m.</p> http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/18/5626828/2014-rbc-heritage-streaming-online-tv-schedule-friday Brendan Porath 2014-04-18T07:00:02-04:00 2014-04-18T07:00:02-04:00 2014 RBC Heritage: Tee times, pairings for Friday's round <img alt="" src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31799451/485358609.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Like much of the past month on Tour, Matt Kuchar slept on another lead and he'll be out early in the morning trying to post a number and set the pace at the Heritage.</p> <p>The RBC Heritage has about as good a field any event can have with a spot on the schedule the week right after a major. Part of that has to do with the impressive stable of players the title sponsor backs, and a bigger part of it has to do with the venue.</p> <p>Harbour Town is one of the classic, old style courses that annually ranks among the favorites when tour players are polled. It's not a monotonous TPC course that we get so often, but a shorter and challenging Pete Dye original that rewards shotmaking with plenty of opportunities for birdies. The Hilton Head spot was without a title sponsor and in danger of losing its place on the schedule, but RBC came in a couple years ago to rescue one of the great annual stops on Tour.</p> <p>First round co-leader Matt Kuchar, who continues his month-long run near the top of leaderboards, will be out in the morning wave on Friday. Kuchar is part of one of the marquee groups in the morning draw, playing alongside Ernie Els and Hunter Mahan. One group behind them, 10 minutes later, is Graeme McDowell, Bill Haas, and Brandt Snedeker. Out of that cluster, only Haas is not a part of that impressive group of players signed up by RBC, and they'll be the headliners in the morning.</p> <p>In the afternoon during the TV window, all cameras should be on last week's runner-up, Jordan Spieth. The 20-year-old is paired up with 50-year old Davis Love III and 64-year old Tom Watson, who will almost certainly be his Ryder Cup captain. The notion that Watson is really using these first two days of the tournament to "scout" Spieth for the team is pretty ludicrous. Unless his game falls off a cliff or he's injured, Spieth is going to make it. And two days during a tournament in mid-April should carry little weight anyways, but people need things to talk about. They will be off the first tee at 12:40 p.m. ET, so their final nine holes or so should be shown when Golf Channel goes live at 3 p.m.</p> <p>Here's the full tee sheet for Friday at Harbour Town.</p> <h4>Morning wave off No. 1:</h4> <table border="0" rules="NONE" cols="4" cellspacing="0" frame="VOID"> <colgroup> <col width="83"> <col width="151"> <col width="156"> <col width="220"> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18" width="83"><b>Tee Time</b></td> <td align="CENTER" width="527" colspan="3"><b>Players</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">7:20 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Jeff Maggert</td> <td align="CENTER">David Hearn</td> <td align="CENTER">John Peterson</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18">7:30 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">John Rollins</td> <td align="CENTER">Chris DiMarco</td> <td align="CENTER">Brian Davis</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18">7:40 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Paul Casey</td> <td align="CENTER">Will MacKenzie</td> <td align="CENTER">Russell Knox</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">7:50 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Scott Brown</td> <td align="CENTER">John Huh</td> <td align="CENTER">Rory Sabbatini</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">8:00 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Billy Horschel</td> <td align="CENTER">Carl Pettersson</td> <td align="CENTER">Scott Verplank</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">8:10 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Steven Bowditch</td> <td align="CENTER">Chesson Hadley</td> <td align="CENTER">Kevin Stadler</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">8:20 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Matt Every</td> <td align="CENTER">Chris Kirk</td> <td align="CENTER">Jim Furyk</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18">8:30 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Tommy Gainey</td> <td align="CENTER">Johnson Wagner</td> <td align="CENTER">Charley Hoffman</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">8:40 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Bo Van Pelt</td> <td align="CENTER">Glen Day</td> <td align="CENTER">Cameron Tringale</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18">8:50 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Jerry Kelly</td> <td align="CENTER">Brian Harman</td> <td align="CENTER">Justin Hicks</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18">9:00 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Shawn Stefani</td> <td align="CENTER">Ben Martin</td> <td align="CENTER">Wes Roach</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h4>Morning wave off No. 10:</h4> <table border="0" rules="NONE" cols="4" cellspacing="0" frame="VOID"> <colgroup> <col width="83"> <col width="151"> <col width="156"> <col width="220"> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18" width="83"><b>Tee Time</b></td> <td align="CENTER" width="527" colspan="3"><b>Players</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18">7:20 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Dudley Hart</td> <td align="CENTER">Roberto Castro</td> <td align="CENTER">Steve Marino</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">7:30 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Ben Crane</td> <td align="CENTER">Brice Garnett</td> <td align="CENTER">Stephen Gallacher</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18">7:40 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Vaughn Taylor</td> <td align="CENTER">Michael Putnam</td> <td align="CENTER">Spencer Levin</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">7:50 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Woody Austin</td> <td align="CENTER">Boo Weekley</td> <td align="CENTER">Justin Leonard</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">8:00 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Ted Potter, Jr.</td> <td align="CENTER">Stuart Appleby</td> <td align="CENTER">Vijay Singh</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">8:10 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Matt Kuchar</td> <td align="CENTER">Ernie Els</td> <td align="CENTER">Hunter Mahan</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">8:20 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Brandt Snedeker</td> <td align="CENTER">Bill Haas</td> <td align="CENTER">Graeme McDowell</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">8:30 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Brian Gay</td> <td align="CENTER">Martin Kaymer</td> <td align="CENTER">Robert Allenby</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">8:40 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Stephen Ames</td> <td align="CENTER">Trevor Immelman</td> <td align="CENTER">Nick Faldo</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">8:50 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Paul Goydos</td> <td align="CENTER">John Daly</td> <td align="CENTER">Richard H. Lee</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">9:00 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Tim Wilkinson</td> <td align="CENTER">Tyrone Van Aswegen</td> <td align="CENTER">Rick Lewallen</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h4>Afternoon wave off No. 1:</h4> <table border="0" rules="NONE" cols="4" cellspacing="0" frame="VOID"> <colgroup> <col width="83"> <col width="151"> <col width="156"> <col width="220"> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18" width="83"><b>Tee Time</b></td> <td align="CENTER" width="527" colspan="3"><b>Players</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18">11:50 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Scott Langley</td> <td align="CENTER">William McGirt</td> <td align="CENTER">Danny Lee</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">12:00 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Nicholas Thompson</td> <td align="CENTER">Brian Stuard</td> <td align="CENTER">Jim Renner</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">12:10 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Charlie Wi</td> <td align="CENTER">Chris Stroud</td> <td align="CENTER">Ryo Ishikawa</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18">12:20 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Martin Laird</td> <td align="CENTER">Ben Curtis</td> <td align="CENTER">Lucas Glover</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">12:30 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Charlie Beljan</td> <td align="CENTER">Mark Wilson</td> <td align="CENTER">Jonathan Byrd</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">12:40 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Jordan Spieth</td> <td align="CENTER">Davis Love III</td> <td align="CENTER">Tom Watson</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18">12:50 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Zach Johnson</td> <td align="CENTER">Harris English</td> <td align="CENTER">Luke Donald</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18">1:00 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Kyle Stanley</td> <td align="CENTER">Tim Clark</td> <td align="CENTER">Mike Weir</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">1:10 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Jason Bohn</td> <td align="CENTER">Jason Kokrak</td> <td align="CENTER">James Hahn</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">1:20 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Aaron Baddeley</td> <td align="CENTER">James Driscoll</td> <td align="CENTER">Kevin Chappell</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18">1:30 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Andrew Loupe</td> <td align="CENTER">Mark Anderson</td> <td align="CENTER">Hunter Stewart</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h4>Afternoon wave off No. 10:</h4> <table border="0" rules="NONE" cols="4" cellspacing="0" frame="VOID"> <colgroup> <col width="83"> <col width="151"> <col width="156"> <col width="220"> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18" width="83"><b>Tee Time</b></td> <td align="CENTER" width="527" colspan="3"><b>Players</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18">11:50 a.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Camilo Villegas</td> <td align="CENTER">Tim Herron</td> <td align="CENTER">Briny Baird</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">12:00 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Greg Chalmers</td> <td align="CENTER">John Mallinger</td> <td align="CENTER">Hideki Matsuyama</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">12:10 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Bryce Molder</td> <td align="CENTER">Robert Garrigus</td> <td align="CENTER">J.B. Holmes</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">12:20 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Ken Duke</td> <td align="CENTER">K.J. Choi</td> <td align="CENTER">Geoff Ogilvy</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">12:30 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Marc Leishman</td> <td align="CENTER">David Toms</td> <td align="CENTER">Stewart Cink</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">12:40 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Kevin Streelman</td> <td align="CENTER">Kevin Na</td> <td align="CENTER">Charles Howell III</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">12:50 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Patrick Reed</td> <td align="CENTER">Russell Henley</td> <td align="CENTER">Charl Schwartzel</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">1:00 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Josh Teater</td> <td align="CENTER">Brendon Todd</td> <td align="CENTER">Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="18">1:10 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Ricky Barnes</td> <td align="CENTER">Erik Compton</td> <td align="CENTER">Chad Collins</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">1:20 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Pat Perez</td> <td align="CENTER">Brendon de Jonge</td> <td align="CENTER">Billy Hurley III</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="CENTER" height="19">1:30 p.m.</td> <td align="CENTER">Kevin Kisner</td> <td align="CENTER">Kevin Tway</td> <td align="CENTER">Matthew Fitzpatrick</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/18/5626752/rbc-heritage-2014-tee-times-pairings-friday Brendan Porath 2014-04-15T11:12:06-04:00 2014-04-15T11:12:06-04:00 Tiger Woods never stood a chance, 'streaking' at Augusta and other things we learned at the Masters <img alt="" src="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31653561/484174671.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>It was another long week at Augusta. Here are some of the things we took away from the 2014 Masters.</p> <p>Masters week has come and gone, and the season's first major closed with little drama Sunday night as Bubba Watson rolled to a three-shot win. Now we'll wait 51 more weeks for a return to Augusta and golf's biggest event. Here are 10 things I took away from the 2014 Masters.</p> <h5>1. Bubba Watson is going to win more Masters</h5> <p>I went into this in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/14/5611822/bubba-watson-masters-wins-augusta-national-2014">greater detail Monday morning after his second win</a>, but Bubba Watson is the perfect player to repeatedly take down the modern Augusta National. With the new golf ball, a left-handed player has an advantage and Bubba's length accentuates that.</p> <div class="floated-video"> <img src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31700781/484662061.0.jpg"><i>Watson celebrates his second Masters win in three years/Photo credit: Harry How</i> </div> <p>The winning score of 8-under wasn't a ridiculous number, so they're not going to "Bubba-proof" it or anything, but we're going to see him consistently shoot in the 60s. Unless his game falls off a cliff, Bubba will almost always be around the first page of the leaderboard.</p> <p>After his first win, Bubba, understandably, didn't care all that much for golf -- he wanted to enjoy life as a new major champion and a new dad, and that led to a drought of non-contention. But Sunday was probably the start of a six-to-eight year run now where he's the guy to beat at the season's first major.</p> <h5>2. Jordan Spieth is a better, different kind of American prospect</h5> <p>The 20-year-old emerged on Sunday as the fan favorite and next great American golfer everyone was rooting for at the Masters. Then a two-shot lead became a two-shot deficit in two holes right before the turn, before Spieth's run at becoming the youngest Masters winner ever ended at Rae's Creek.</p> <p><a href="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/assets/4293509/spiethwater.gif" target="_blank"><img alt="Spiethwater_medium" class="photo" src="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/assets/4293509/spiethwater.gif"></a> <br id="1397573357863"></p> <p>Spieth continues to exceed expectations, getting to major career mile posts sooner and faster than predicted. He got his full-time tour card less than a year ago, but he's already one of the favorites every week he tees it up. There are some awesome young American players under 30, even under 25, but Spieth is the best and most exciting young player in the game and the best U.S. prospect to come along in a decade. His rookie Masters validated that.</p> <p>There was already a bit of a backlash to the hype Sunday night and Monday morning.</p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>This Jordan Spieth majors hype rivals blabber about 19-year-old Sergio after his '99 loss to Tiger at the PGA. Wake me when either wins one.</p> &mdash; Craig Bestrom (@GDCraigeeBee) <a href="https://twitter.com/GDCraigeeBee/statuses/455521156968501248">April 14, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <p>That he didn't win his first Masters ever doesn't seem like cause for concern. Throwing Sergio's name out there is an easy way to take a shot. You could also just say he's like a 19- or 20-year-old Rory McIlroy, who came close at multiple majors, had a ton of hype, and then won two of them in consecutive years. Whether Spieth is the future of golf or not, we know what he is now.</p> <h5>3. Tiger wouldn't have had a chance</h5> <p>Even if he was able to play unbothered by the back problem that wrecked his Honda Classic and Cadillac Championship, Tiger Woods would not have hung with Bubba (and probably Spieth too) this past weekend. We now know that the back problem was a large part of his struggle in recent months, but Tiger was not sharp before that and had barely played since September. His Sean Foley-redesigned swing may be easier on his knee, but it's not yet reliable, especially at a major and most especially at Augusta, where you have to move the ball both ways. Even at 100 percent, Tiger wasn't going to keep up with Bubba.</p> <p><a href="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/assets/4302259/Fred.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="Fred_medium" class="photo" src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/assets/4302259/Fred.jpg"></a> <br id="1397572211727"></p> <p><i>Fred Couples works out his 54-year-old back. Photo credit:&nbsp;<i>Andrew Redington</i></i></p> <h5>4. The old guys can still hang at Augusta</h5> <p>There were six guys over the age of 50 who made the cut this year. Some were expected on the weekend, others were not (Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize). Fred Couples is the exemplar of why Augusta is the perfect major championship venue, and at this point it seems we can count on him to be there on Sunday until he's 60. Bernhard Langer is the Euro equivalent of Freddie, a former Masters champ who can still make his way around Augusta with the young bombers. Langer finished inside the top 10, and second in the 50-plus division to Miguel Angel Jimenez, who's still chopping away with the young guys every week. The Mechanic had the low round of the tournament Saturday and finished fourth overall. Augusta is great because it incorporates everyone who's playing well regardless of particular strengths or weaknesses, and we saw that again this weekend with those six old guys making noise while players like Dustin Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia and Patrick Reed went home early.</p> <p> <link href="http://cdn3.sbnation.com/assets/3608425/mustreads.css" rel="stylesheet"></p> <div class="must-reads"> <h4> <span class="must-reads-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> The Masters <span class="must-reads-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> </h4> <div class="snippet-n tiles"> <div class="row"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/14/5611886/tiger-woods-injury-phil-mickelson-masters-2014" class="cell" style="background-image: url(http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31579447/201301003_pjc_ss1_371.0_cinema_1050.0.jpg);"> <div class="hgroup"> <h2 class="photohead">Tiger & Phil era coming to an end</h2> <h3 class="meta"><span class="byline">Emily Kay</span></h3> <span class="blurb">Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were nowhere in sight when Bubba Watson donned his second green jacket in three years, leaving Augusta watchers wondering if the fading superstars had made their last runs at Masters glory.</span> </div> </a></div> </div> </div> <div class="must-reads-compact-container"> <h4> <span class="must-reads-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> The Masters <span class="must-reads-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> </h4> <div class="must-reads-compact-link-container"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/14/5611886/tiger-woods-injury-phil-mickelson-masters-2014?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=mustreads&utm_campaign=blogs">Tiger & Phil era coming to an end<span class="must-reads-compact-byline"></span></a></div> </div> <h5>5. The Ryder Cup will be loaded</h5> <p>This week was another reminder that the European team for the Ryder Cup will be just as deep, if not deeper, than the collection of American talent we constantly hear and read about. Recent Ryder Cup results aside, the American group has the bigger pool to draw from and the tougher roster choices to make, but there will still be many options to fill out the 12-man European team.</p> <p>Jimenez, who had advanced to assistant captain status, is probably going to make it as a player this year. The same could be said for Thomas Bjorn, a veteran who had taken on leadership roles in the organization of the Euro Tour but is now playing the best golf of his life. Then there's the new up-and-coming group, like Jonas Blixt, the Masters runner-up. Lesser known players like Jamie Donaldson and Stephen Gallacher continue to play better than some of the bigger names that have populated the Euro team over the last decade. It's going to be a tough roster to make for Gleneagles (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.rydercup.com/europe/2014/team/european-ryder-cup-points-list" style="background-color: #ffffff;">current standings</a> if you're interested).</p> <h5>6. This may be Rory's hardest major</h5> <p>The winner of the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 PGA Championship has struggled at Augusta since the great unraveling of 2011, when he sat on the 54-hole lead. That was a memorably gruesome day playing in the final Sunday pairing with Angel Cabrera. He hasn't been a factor at Augusta since. This week he was out of green jacket contention on Friday, the Sunday backdoor top 10 notwithstanding.</p> <p>Augusta should suit Rory well. He hits the ball high, which should be an advantage coming into the slippery greens. He's also comfortable drawing the ball right to left off the tee. The biggest issue for Rory seems to be around the greens, where his sometimes inconsistent putting stroke can't always be trusted on the most important part of the course. Ironically, the Ulsterman has always said that he's not crazy about links golf, and aside from a T3 in 2010, he's never been a factor at the Open. But this year's backdoor T8 was his best finish at Augusta, and the greens continue to give him trouble since that Sunday implosion back in 2011.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/assets/4302299/Rory_Flowers.jpg"><img src="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/assets/4302299/Rory_Flowers.jpg" class="photo" alt="Rory_flowers_medium"></a> <br id="1397572552024"></p> <p><i> Rory punches from the flowers at No. 13 on Friday, the point where his 2014 chances essentially ended.&nbsp;David Cannon/Getty</i></p> <h5>7. Rickie Fowler, Butch Harmon protege, is coming for a major title</h5> <p>This was Rickie Fowler's best major championship performance. Fowler was a contender up to the second nine on Sunday, proving that his short time under Butch Harmon is paying off. After tweaking some things with Tiger's old coach, Fowler started the season with three consecutive missed cuts during the West Coast leg. He told me last month that was due more to failures chipping and putting and not the swing changes, and after that MC streak, he came out of nowhere to get to Sunday and play fives matches at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. Fowler takes heat because his ubiquitous #brand presence on commercials is disproportionate to his one career win, but what we saw this week should change that. There were bad holes and bad stretches, but he avoided going in the tank and grinded his way to a T5. The work with Harmon is pushing him to a new level.</p> <p> <link href="http://cdn3.sbnation.com/assets/3603867/mustreads-compact-only.css" rel="stylesheet"></p> <div class="must-reads-compact-only-container"> <h4> <span class="must-reads-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> Masters photo gallery <span class="must-reads-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> </h4> <div class="must-reads-compact-link-container"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/14/5612752/2014-masters-pictures-gallery-augusta-national?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=mustreads&utm_campaign=blogs">Best images from the weekend<span class="must-reads-compact-byline"></span></a></div> </div> <h5>8. When in doubt, whistle at your golf ball</h5> <p>It was great to have Miguel Angel Jimenez play a large role at the 2014 Masters. He made the British Open enjoyable through three days last year, and he was an incredible source of entertainment again this week. I chronicled his ascension to "<a target="_blank" href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/12/5608404/miguel-angel-jimenez-stretching-cigar-masters-2014">most interesting golfer in the world" status</a> Saturday, but for me, the high point came Wednesday during the Par-3 contest. Many amateurs helplessly exhort their golf ball with shouts to go in different directions or do different things, looking like nerds every time they do. The Mechanic, on the other hand, just&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/9/5598470/miguel-angel-jimenez-dog-whistle-masters-par-3-contest/in/5361047">whistles at his ball</a> as if he were calling his pup into the house. And it worked:</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.sbnation.com/videos/iframe?id=43521" frameborder="0" seamless="true" marginwidth="0" mozallowfullscreen="true" webkitallowfullscreen="true" name="43521-chorus-video-iframe"></iframe></p> <h5>9. The most Masters way to "streak" at Augusta</h5> <p>Here's how you storm the course at Augusta -- with pearls, a Lilly Pulitzer (or some such) skirt and a gentle barefoot prance across the green.</p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>An unidentified patron ran across the 10th green at Augusta National during <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Masters&src=hash">#Masters</a>: <a href="http://t.co/ZqAfVbjmeO">http://t.co/ZqAfVbjmeO</a> | <a href="http://t.co/9UjyReG44X">pic.twitter.com/9UjyReG44X</a></p> &mdash; AUG Chronicle Photo (@AUG_Photo) <a href="https://twitter.com/AUG_Photo/statuses/455128195248164864">April 12, 2014</a> </blockquote> <h5>10. Last loops for Crenshaw, Stadler</h5> <p>While there was a strong senior circuit element to the weekend, a couple former winners and lifetime invitees closed the books on their career at the Masters. Craig Stadler, the 1982 winner, said before the tournament that this was likely his last Masters. He was part of the first ever father-son duo to play in the same Masters, after Kevin earned a berth with his win in Phoenix this year. The Walrus' 159 total through the first two days was his third-worst, but he hung around for the rest of the weekend and greeted his son as he walked off the 18th green following an impressive debut at Augusta. Getting to experience the week with Kevin should be it for him.</p> <p>While providing commentary for Golf Channel during the Sunday morning pregame show, Crenshaw announced that next year would be his final Masters. The two-time winner has become the go-to source for Masters history and Augusta expertise, but his 83-85 in the first two rounds was the worst score of the week. He's got a booming course design business with Bill Coore and two Masters titles. I'm sure he'll still be around Masters week, just not as a player.</p> http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/15/5616312/2014-masters-bubba-watson-tiger-woods-injury-augusta-national Brendan Porath 2014-04-14T10:51:49-04:00 2014-04-14T10:51:49-04:00 The best photos from the weekend at the 2014 Masters <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/14/5612752/2014-masters-pictures-gallery-augusta-national">View this gallery here.</a> http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/14/5612752/2014-masters-pictures-gallery-augusta-national Brendan Porath 2014-04-14T09:00:02-04:00 2014-04-14T09:00:02-04:00 Bubba comin': Why Watson's 2014 Masters win is just the beginning <img alt="" src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31592267/484644309.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Bubba Watson put on a show at Augusta National last week, one we're going to see again in the future from a left-handed bomber who's playing a different course than everyone else.</p> <p>Up until about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Masters, all we were talking about was how we were witnessing the future of golf. And we were, it's just that we were focused on 20-year old Jordan Spieth and not soon-to-be two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson.</p> <p>Bubba is 15 years older than Spieth, the phenom who's likely to become a major champion. But with two green jackets, Bubba Watson is just getting started. Bubba's game is singular and unique. We're so used to seeing players try and get comfortable with their perfect swing, copy others, hire the same swing coaches, and work to achieve some perfect mechanical motion that's verified by TrackMan numbers. Watson, who's never taken a lesson, is an original. He makes different swings for different shots, sometimes when that kind of shot is not even needed. He throws his back wrist at the club. He finishes in all different places and different angles. He sometimes comes off the ground and out of his shoes, as he did this weekend when he hammered a drive at the the 13th with his front right leg opening up and coming off the ground on the follow-through.</p> <p> <style> @media only screen and (max-width: 400px) { .sidebar { display: none; } } </style></p> <div class="sidebar"> <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5610080/masters-2014-live-updates-leaderboard-sunday-final-round"> <h2>The Masters</h2> </a> <img src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/imported_assets/2147805/484645325.0_medium.jpg"><span><i>Bubba Watson walks off No. 18 after winning the Masters. (Harry How/Getty Images)</i> <br><br><li><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5611292/masters-results-2014-bubba-watson-wins">Watson joins golf lore as 2-time winner</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5611410/bubba-watson-green-jacket-ceremony-2014-masters-winner">Watch Watson don green jacket</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5611158/masters-2014-full-results-sunday-bubba-watson-jordan-spieth">Full results: Spieth, Blixt finish runners-up</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5610870/masters-2014-payout-purse-prize-money/in/5374121">Payouts: Winning share $1.62MM</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5610080/masters-2014-live-updates-leaderboard-sunday-final-round">Live updates, GIFs and more</a></li> </span> </div> <p>While all the other guys are trying to achieve some comfortable, repetitive motion, Bubba's blasting away and still learning when to try all the different shots he has for the specific situation that's required.</p> <p>And there's no better situation for Bubba, in any tournament, than Augusta National. It's a perfect fit, and we might be entering a decade of Bubba dominance at the season's first major.</p> <p>Bubba is now the sixth left-handed winner in the last 12 years at the Masters (Phil Mickelson 3x, Bubba 2x, Mike Weir). Their dominant hand aside, Bubba and Phil are two of the best talents of this era. It's an amazing run given the disproportionate number of golfers who are left-handed, and then also in the limited Masters field. The theory that the course now favors a lefty got another boost this week. Watson has stated he's totally comfortable on every hole but two, the 7th and 18th.</p> <p>So how would Augusta favor lefties? The scouting report on the course, for decades now, is that the layout has always favored a right-handed player hitting draws (right-to-left) off the tee. It's reportedly an intentional design trend influenced by founder Bobby Jones, who hit that kind of shot well, and added his input with original architect Alister MacKenzie. The development of the golf ball over the last 15 years has increased length but significantly decreased spin. A right-handed hitter needs to get the ball spinning in order to hit a steady draw and move it right-to-left. So the new golf ball technology has made it harder, perhaps marginally for some and significantly for others, for a righty to hit the shots that are historically the best way to play Augusta off the tee. Longtime pro Mark Calcavecchia even tweeted that it should be a par-68 for Watson:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>There's never been a course ever better designed for a power lefty player like Phil and Bubba. Both will win more! Especially Bubba</p> &mdash; Mark Calcavecchia (@MarkCalc) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkCalc/statuses/455470928416104449">April 13, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>1st congrats Bubba. 2nd it's a par 68 for him. He won the Masters shooting 8 over par for him!! He will win MANY more!!</p> &mdash; Mark Calcavecchia (@MarkCalc) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkCalc/statuses/455479733179154433">April 13, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <p>The opposite is obviously true for a lefty, who can bomb away a high fade (for them) that's moving right-to-left and requires less spin to work it. Bubba, who's probably the most creative shot maker in golf, stands on the tee and just rips over and around corners. Spieth said he would remember his partner's drive at No. 13, a sharp dogleg left that requires a draw for righties, for the rest of his life. In that instance, Bubba just went up and over the obstruction in his way to make the par-5 a little two-shot hole. All four par-5s at Augusta are gettable birdie holes, and the two on the second nine are often eagle chances. Given Bubba's length, it's another advantage he'll have here for years to come.</p> <p> <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://cdn3.sbnation.com/assets/3608425/mustreads.css"></p> <div class="must-reads"> <h4> <span class="must-reads-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> The Masters <span class="must-reads-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> </h4> <div class="snippet-n tiles"> <div class="row"><a style="background-image: url(http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31564931/484422243.0_cinema_1050.0.jpg);" class="cell" href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5610624/bubba-watson-masters-2014-anti-gay-comments-caddie"> <div class="hgroup"> <h2 class="photohead">Rooting against Bubba</h2> <h3 class="meta"><span class="byline">Brendan Porath</span></h3> <span class="blurb">Bubba Watson is one of golf's most unique talents. He's got tons of game, and has plenty of fun off the course. But he's also got a history of actions and comments that have turned off many would-be fans.</span> </div> </a></div> </div> </div> <div class="must-reads-compact-container"> <h4> <span class="must-reads-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> The Masters <span class="must-reads-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> </h4> <div class="must-reads-compact-link-container"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5610624/bubba-watson-masters-2014-anti-gay-comments-caddie?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=mustreads&utm_campaign=blogs">Rooting against Bubba<span class="must-reads-compact-byline"></span></a></div> </div> <p>After his first win here in 2012, Watson understandably took time away from golf. He not only cuddled up with his new green jacket, but also his newly adopted son. That was a win that on Sunday night he said he "lucked into" and it was a sudden life-changing moment. He took a little time to take it all in concurrently with a stretch in his life when the importance of golf receded. He wasn't really a factor at the next seven majors, and there were just a couple close calls at the non-majors, most notably at back-to-back Travelers Championships.</p> <p>That all changed this year and he was arguably the best player in the world before this Masters win. He ended the almost two-year drought in mid February at Riviera in LA, and finished second at both Doral and the Phoenix Open. In nine total events since the start of the PGA Tour's new wraparound schedule, Bubba has six top 10 finishes. Given that pre-tournament form on a course that already suits his eye, we really shouldn't have been surprised when he won, and did so without drama. On a day when right-handed Jordan Spieth hit some bumps trying to draw the ball, Bubba blasted away and never got into trouble after the 10th hole.</p> <p> <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://cdn3.sbnation.com/assets/3603867/mustreads-compact-only.css"></p> <div class="must-reads-compact-only-container"> <h4> <span class="must-reads-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> Getting Past Tiger <span class="must-reads-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> </h4> <div class="must-reads-compact-link-container"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/3/24/5541132/tiger-woods-pga-tour-2014-arnold-palmer-invitational-bay-hill?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=mustreads&utm_campaign=blogs">What will the PGA do without its biggest star?<span class="must-reads-compact-byline"></span></a></div> </div> <p>With the course playing to his strength, and no real troubles with his long game, Bubba just needed to hold it together up on the greens. While we instantly think of all the 340-yard drives with him, he started the third round without a three-putt in 291 consecutive competitive holes. No one on the Tour was close to that mark. Unlike some of the other huge hitters, he's actually pretty steady around and on the green.</p> <p><a href="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/assets/4281587/bubbaputt.gif" target="_blank"><img alt="Bubbaputt_medium" class="photo" src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/assets/4281587/bubbaputt_medium.gif"></a> <br id="1397454138801"></p> <p>Saturday's round, which ended the three-putt streak, was the lone exception and he receded back to the field with a 2-over 74. The front nine holes on Saturday would be the only stretch that he was over-par. He overwhelmed the course, and it was done in a way that can be repeatable and consistent for him. It's also something no one else playing right now can replicate.</p> <p>Bubba is more than just perpetuating the "horses for courses" cliche, because he's got the talent and creativity to be contending at all these other places (Doral, Phoenix, Riviera so far this year). Now that the life-changing shock of winning the first one is gone, we're going to see more and more of the performances like this week's win. He's going to win more Masters, and that success could start crossing over at other majors. We saw a big part of the future of golf on Sunday, and he's already got two green jackets.</p> <p>Bubba comin'.</p> http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/14/5611822/bubba-watson-masters-wins-augusta-national-2014 Brendan Porath 2014-04-13T19:17:23-04:00 2014-04-13T19:17:23-04:00 Bubba Watson receives his 2nd green jacket, breaks down on 18th green at Augusta <img alt="" src="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31574837/484644933.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Bubba gets his second green jacket, and enjoys a moment with his wife and son, who were unable to be there the first time around in 2012.</p> <p>For the second time in three years, Bubba Watson got to visit Butler Cabin and pick up a nice, new green jacket. Watson got back to form on Sunday with another round in the red to cruise comfortably to his second Masters title.</p> <p>Watson distinguished this win from the last one, saying the first time around he kind of "lucked into it" as opposed to this year, when he steadily ran away from the field across four solid days. The jacket ceremony went a little smoother the second time, as we didn't get that awkward missed handshake with Augusta National chairman Billy Payne left hangin'.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/assets/1048084/hangin.gif"><img src="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/assets/1048084/hangin_medium.gif" class="photo" alt="Hangin_medium"></a></p> <p>This one was nice and clean, and Billy went with two hands to make sure the connection was made.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/assets/4293717/green_1.jpg"><img src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/assets/4293717/green_1_medium.jpg" class="photo" alt="Green_1_medium"></a> <br id="1397430949877"></p> <p>Despite the easy finish, it didn't start so well for Watson, who fell behind two shots to Jordan Spieth by the seventh hole. That deficit, however, dramatically swung the other way before they even finished up on the first nine. Two birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 from Watson moved him from two-down to two-up as he watched Spieth hit his first big speed bump of the week, back-to-back bogeys to finish up on the front. Another bogey on No. 12 with a ball in Rae's Creek pushed the cushion back to two, and Bubba would close the door from there with steady play all the way in.</p> <p> <link href="http://cdn3.sbnation.com/assets/3603867/mustreads-compact-only.css" rel="stylesheet"></p> <div class="must-reads-compact-only-container"> <h4> <span class="must-reads-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> 2014 Masters Payout <span class="must-reads-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> </h4> <div class="must-reads-compact-link-container"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5610870/masters-2014-payout-purse-prize-money?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=mustreads&utm_campaign=blogs">Bubba Watson takes home $1.62MM<span class="must-reads-compact-byline"></span></a></div> </div> <p>While it wasn't as dramatic as the ridiculous draw-hook shot to win it in a playoff on No. 10, the emotions still flowed for the two-time champion. He met his wife, Angie, a former UGA basketball player, and son, Caleb, just behind the 18th green and promptly broke down on her shoulder. Both were unable to be there the last time Bubba won, as Caleb had just been adopted at the time and Angie stayed home with him.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/assets/4293677/bubbawife.gif"><img src="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/assets/4293677/bubbawife_medium.gif" class="photo" alt="Bubbawife_medium"></a> <br id="1397430557930"></p> <p>He also had a nice little moment, with his caddie, Ted Scott. Watson caught some heat last year when CBS microphones picked him up berating his caddie at the Travelers Championship, but the two both joked about it afterwards and said that's just how they operate together. Scott was the first person Bubba found as the final putt went in:</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/assets/4293685/bubbawins.gif"><img src="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/assets/4293685/bubbawins_medium.gif" class="photo" alt="Bubbawins_medium"></a> <br id="1397430657444"></p> <p>Watson now joins some pretty elite company with multiple wins at Augusta. The list, which Watson joins today:</p> <table frame="VOID" cellspacing="0" cols="3" rules="NONE" border="0"> <colgroup> <col width="286"> <col width="102"> <col width="102"> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td width="286" height="18" align="CENTER">Player</td> <td width="102" align="CENTER">Total</td> <td width="102" align="CENTER">Year</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Jack Nicklaus</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="6" sdnum="1033;">6</td> <td align="CENTER">1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Arnold Palmer</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="4" sdnum="1033;">4</td> <td align="CENTER">1958, 1960, 1962, 1964</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Tiger Woods</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="4" sdnum="1033;">4</td> <td align="CENTER">1997, 2001, 2002, 2005</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Jimmy Demaret</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="3" sdnum="1033;">3</td> <td align="CENTER">1940, 1947, 1950</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Sam Snead</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="3" sdnum="1033;">3</td> <td align="CENTER">1949, 1952, 1954</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Gary Player</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="3" sdnum="1033;">3</td> <td align="CENTER">1961, 1974, 1978</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Nick Faldo</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="3" sdnum="1033;">3</td> <td align="CENTER">1989, 1990, 1996</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Phil Mickelson</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="3" sdnum="1033;">3</td> <td align="CENTER">2004, 2006, 2010</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Horton Smith</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="2" sdnum="1033;">2</td> <td align="CENTER">1934, 1936</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Byron Nelson</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="2" sdnum="1033;">2</td> <td align="CENTER">1937, 1942</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Ben Hogan</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="2" sdnum="1033;">2</td> <td align="CENTER">1951, 1953</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Tom Watson</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="2" sdnum="1033;">2</td> <td align="CENTER">1977, 1981</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Seve Ballesteros</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="2" sdnum="1033;">2</td> <td align="CENTER">1980, 1983</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Bernhard Langer</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="2" sdnum="1033;">2</td> <td align="CENTER">1985, 1993</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Ben Crenshaw</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="2" sdnum="1033;">2</td> <td align="CENTER">1984, 1995</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="29" align="CENTER">Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a Olaz&aacute;bal</td> <td align="CENTER" sdval="2" sdnum="1033;">2</td> <td align="CENTER">1994, 1999</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5611410/bubba-watson-green-jacket-ceremony-2014-masters-winner Brendan Porath 2014-04-13T18:51:46-04:00 2014-04-13T18:51:46-04:00 Masters 2014 purse: Bubba Watson takes home $1.62 million in prize money <img alt="" src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31575105/484645325.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>While it's customary to play for a $1M-plus winner's check every week now on the PGA Tour, the cash earned on Sunday at the Masters is, as usual, secondary.</p> <p>In addition to a green jacket, a lifetime invitation, and all the glory that comes with winning the Masters, Bubba Watson can also walk away Sunday with a $1.62 million check. That's almost $200,000 more than what Adam Scott took home last year, as purses all around golf, particularly at the majors, continue to balloon.</p> <p> <style> @media only screen and (max-width: 400px) { .sidebar { display: none; } } </style></p> <div class="sidebar"> <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5610080/masters-2014-live-updates-leaderboard-sunday-final-round"> <h2>The Masters</h2> </a> <img src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/imported_assets/2147805/484645325.0_medium.jpg"><span><i>Bubba Watson walks off No. 18 after winning the Masters. (Harry How/Getty Images)</i> <br><br><ul> <li><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5611292/masters-results-2014-bubba-watson-wins">Watson joins golf lore as 2-time winner</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5611410/bubba-watson-green-jacket-ceremony-2014-masters-winner">Watch Watson don green jacket</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5611158/masters-2014-full-results-sunday-bubba-watson-jordan-spieth">Full results: Spieth, Blixt runners-up</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5610870/masters-2014-payout-purse-prize-money/in/5374121">Payouts: Winning share $1.62 million</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5610624/bubba-watson-masters-2014-anti-gay-comments-caddie/in/5374121">Why some were rooting against Bubba</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5610080/masters-2014-live-updates-leaderboard-sunday-final-round">More from Sunday&rsquo;s final round</a></li> </ul></span> </div> <p>The increase in purse sizes at the major championships was first set by the PGA of America and PGA Tour, who made an&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2013/11/7/5078320/pga-players-championship-payout-purse-money-pga-tour-2014">announcement last year that they were pushing their purses from $8 million to $10 million</a>. All four majors had previously had $8 million payouts, while the three WGC titles had $8.5 million totals. The largest purse in golf, for some time now, belongs to the "fifth major," the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. That tournament was already $9.5 million before the bump up to $10 million at the end of last year.</p> <p>With this latest hefty check, Bubba's career earnings are now at $23,843,433. Watson has been cashing huge checks all season, but this is obviously the largest so far. He earned just over $1.2 million with his win at Riviera, $545k with his second-place finish at Phoenix, and $753k with his second-place finish at Doral. It's a monster year for the left-hander, but unlike some of those other results, the check here isn't the most important thing.</p> <p>Here are the final payout totals for the field that made the weekend:</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center"><b>Place</b></p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center"><b>Player</b></p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center"><b>Payout</b></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">1</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Bubba Watson</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$1,620,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T2</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Jonas Blixt</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$792,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T2</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Jordan Spieth</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$792,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">4</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Miguel Jimenez</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$432,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T5</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Rickie Fowler</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$342,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T5</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Matt Kuchar</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$342,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">7</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Lee Westwood</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$301,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T8</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Bernhard Langer</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$234,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T8</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Jimmy Walker</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$234,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T8</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Rory McIlroy</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$234,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T8</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">John Senden</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$234,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T8</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Kevin Stadler</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$234,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T8</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Thomas Bjorn</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$234,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T14</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Stewart Cink</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$148,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T14</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Jamie Donaldson</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$148,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T14</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Henrik Stenson</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$148,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T14</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Adam Scott</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$148,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T14</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Justin Rose</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$148,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T14</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Jim Furyk</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$148,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T20</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Bill Haas</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$101,160</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T20</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Chris Kirk</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$101,160</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T20</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Jason Day</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$101,160</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T20</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Ian Poulter</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$101,160</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T20</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Fred Couples</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$101,160</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">25</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Louis Oosthuizen</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$79,200</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T26</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Joost Luiten</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$66,600</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T26</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Hunter Mahan</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$66,600</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T26</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Steven Bowditch</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$66,600</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T26</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Gonzalo Fdez-Castano</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$66,600</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T26</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Gary Woodland</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$66,600</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T31</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Martin Kaymer</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$55,800</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T31</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Russell Henley</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$55,800</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T31</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Steve Stricker</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$55,800</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T34</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Stephen Gallacher</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$48,600</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T34</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">K.J. Choi</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$48,600</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T34</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Jose Maria Olazabal</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$48,600</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T37</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Brandt Snedeker</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$40,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T37</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Brendon de Jonge</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$40,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T37</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Thongchai Jaidee</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$40,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T37</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Billy Horschel</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$40,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T37</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Vijay Singh</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$40,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T42</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Lucas Glover</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$34,200</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T42</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Kevin Streelman</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$34,200</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T44</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Mike Weir</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$27,972</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T44</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Sandy Lyle</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$27,972</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T44</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Nick Watney</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$27,972</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T44</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Thorbjorn Olesen</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$27,972</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">T44</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Darren Clarke</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$27,972</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">49</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Oliver Goss</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$23,400</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">50</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Francesco Molinari</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$11,340</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="bottom" width="64"> <p align="center">51</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="139"> <p align="center">Larry Mize</p> </td> <td valign="bottom" width="75"> <p align="center">$11,340</p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5611186/masters-purse-2014-prize-money-bubba-watson Brendan Porath 2014-04-13T18:14:57-04:00 2014-04-13T18:14:57-04:00 Tiger Woods super fan soldiers on with world No. 1 absent from Augusta <img alt="" src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31572887/tiger_1.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Tiger may be gone, but his biggest fan is back.</p> <p>Last year we found this Tiger Woods super fan sitting behind the 16th tee on Sunday, wearing an interesting t-shirt to show his support for the No. 1 player in the world. However, it wasn't your standard Nike Tiger red:</p> <p><a href="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/assets/2473671/tigertiger.gif" target="_blank"><img alt="Tigertiger_medium" class="photo" src="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/assets/2473671/tigertiger_medium.gif"></a> <br id="1397427025836"></p> <p>Well, Tiger's sadly not here this year. But this individual soldiers on without him, still manning the post at No. 16.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/assets/4293605/tiger_1.jpg"><img src="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/assets/4293605/tiger_1_medium.jpg" class="photo" alt="Tiger_1_medium"></a> <br id="1397427081547"></p> <p>Jonas Blixt just doesn't do it. Miss you, Tiger.</p> http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/4/13/5611362/tiger-woods-super-fan-t-shirt-masters-2014 Brendan Porath