「我離港前到過一間精神科醫院。當時有位病人禮貌地問,一個以作為世上最悠久民主政體而自傲的國家,如何能夠將此地交給一個政治制度非常不同的國家,且既沒諮詢當地公民,又沒給予他們民主的前景,好讓他們捍衞自己的將來。一個隨行同事說,奇怪,香港提出最理智問題的人,竟在精神科醫院。」彭定康 金融時報

“During a visit to a mental hospital before I left Hong Kong, a patient politely asked me how a country that prided itself on being the oldest democracy in the world had come to be handing over his city to another country with a very different system of government, without either consulting the citizens or giving them the prospect of democracy to safeguard their future. Strange, said one of my aides, that the man with the sanest question in Hong Kong is in a mental hospital.”Chris Patten Financial Times

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Monday, April 13, 2015

The Masters 2015 創紀錄

The Masters 2015 創紀錄




79年來 Augusta 都是 Masters Tournament 的比賽場地



過去的週末 嗜悲 不是期待看 英超 孟城 City vs 孟聯 United 誰得勝,而是追看高爾夫球界每年度的第一項 Grand Slam,Georgia 喬治亞州 Augusta 的 高爾夫球 Masters Golf 大師賽。



位於 喬治亞州 的 Augusta National Golf Course


由上屆冠軍 名將 Bubba Watson 幫助 Jordan Spieth 穿起 Masters 高爾夫球大師賽冠軍象徵 Green Jacket, Spieth 是 Masters 大師賽歷史第二位最年輕球手獲得冠軍,比起 18年前 Tiger Woods 老虎活士 得到第一次冠軍時,只是年長 8個月。(Woods 活士 won 4 Masters Championships 1997 2001 2002 and 2005)



得 21歲的 Spieth 已經髮線後退開始脫頭了



不過,Jordan Spieth 還創了多項新紀錄(請細讀)


【Masters 官方網頁】Jordan Spieth proved to be one tough Texan to wrestle the lead from in the 79th Masters Tournament, going wire-to-wire to win at Augusta National Golf Club in dominating fashion.

On the 20th anniversary of the last Texan – Ben Crenshaw – to win the Masters, Spieth closed with 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to win by four shots and finish at 18-under-par 270, matching Tiger Woods’ 18-year-old scoring record.

“I am so proud of my fellow (Texas) Longhorn, and it will be a great honor to call him a fellow Masters champion and welcome him to the Masters Club next year,” said Crenshaw, a two-time champion who played in his 44th and final Masters earlier this week, missing the cut.

Spieth played his final practice round Wednesday with Crenshaw, who encouraged Spieth after his round Saturday before heading home to Austin, Texas, on Sunday morning. Then came a text from Crenshaw before Spieth teed off Sunday.

“He said, ‘Stay patient, this is going to be yours, you’ve got this thing and you’re playing great. Just keep your head down and stay focused,’ ” Spieth said.

On the way to victory, the 21-year-old Spieth became the second-youngest Masters champion (behind Woods, who was 21 in 1997) and broke the record for low 36- and 54-hole scores while finishing with a record 28 birdies, three more than Phil Mickelson when he set the record in 2001.


Jordan Spieth 4天以來的成績

看到 4 X 72 = 288 洞 頭三天的成績驕人 但第四天顯然真的有壓力 只能保持平穩 但已經夠贏了


“This was my ultimate goal in my golf life,” Spieth said of winning the Masters. “To accomplish this at 21 – I didn’t expect that.”

At the outdoor green jacket ceremony, Spieth said that he didn’t want to take off the jacket for a while and that he would “probably sleep in it tonight.”

Later, in his news conference, he said “this was arguably the greatest day of my life. To join the club that is the green jackets and to join Masters history and put my name on that trophy and to have this jacket forever, is something that I can’t fathom right now.”

His next goal, he said, is to overtake Rory McIlroy as the world’s No. 1-ranked player. Spieth’s win moved him from No. 4 in the world to No. 2.

“I’m still chasing that – it’s going to be very difficult,” Spieth said.

After Spieth rolled in a birdie on the 10th hole to go up by six shots, all that was unknown was whether he would break Woods’ scoring record and who would finish second.

Spieth needed to play his final eight holes in 1-under to break Woods’ record of 18-under 270. He covered those holes in even par, with his birdie on No. 15 making him the first in Masters history to reach 19-under. A bogey on the final hole dropped him back into sharing the record.

Three-time Masters winner Mickelson (69 on Sunday) and former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose (70) tied for second place at 14-under.

Their scores of 274 would have won the three previous Masters.

“The fact is, I would have taken 14-under at the start of the week,” Mickelson said. “I would have been happy with that. I’ve played really well to shoot 14-under and I just simply got outplayed by a young player who just played some incredible golf.”

Rose, who played in the final pairing with Spieth, saw first hand what Mickelson was talking about.

“Playing with Jordan, he’s going to sort of fly the flag, I think, for golf for quite a while,” Rose said. “People were getting excited about that out there, you could tell.”

Spieth is only the fifth player to go wire-to-wire to win the Masters, and the first since Raymond Floyd in 1976. Woods never did in any of his four victories.



潤色後的 Google Map 截圖 較清楚看到 Augusta 18個洞和球道 layout


“I think it’s fantastic,” Woods said of Spieth’s play. “He’s doing all the things he needs to do.”

McIlroy, who was seeking his third consecutive major championship title and the career Grand Slam, closed with 66 and finished fourth at 276. It was his best finish in seven Masters starts.

Woods, who hadn’t played in nine weeks because of problems with his game and his back, had a final-round 73 despite injuring his hand on the ninth hole. He tied for 17th.



網上找到的 Augusta 18個洞和球道的 layout 放大些圖來看 18個球道都有名字 這都是紀念歷來 Augusta Golf Course 的某些事和人 (到 Augusta 的官方網頁有資料可供閱讀)


It was the fourth win in recent months for Spieth, who won the Australian Open in November, the Hero World Challenge in December and the Valspar Championship in late March. He now has three victories on the PGA Tour, with his first one coming at the John Deere Classic in 2013 when he was 19.

Spieth is on a hot streak that is hard to fathom. He is 51 under par in his past four tournaments, two of which he won. He tied for second in the other two, losing in a playoff last week in Houston.

“He was upset that we lost in Houston,” said Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller. “It definitely made him hungrier this week. He doesn’t play for second or top-10s. He plays to win.”

Spieth said it wasn’t just losing last week at Houston that drove him this week. So did his runner-up finish in the 2014 Masters when he led by two shots with 11 holes to play and ended up second to Bubba Watson.

“It was the combination of the two,” Spieth said. “I was already hungry from last year having already had an opportunity and watched it slip away and watched Bubba win and everything that came with Bubba being the Masters champion, and the announcements of it, going on the shows and whatever, I knew I had a chance to win that tournament. So you get reminded of it all the time because when you’re Masters champion, it’s a different legacy. And so that definitely left me hungry.”

Greller agreed.



網上找到 Augusta 18個洞和球道的 layout 有每個洞的 基本桿數 和 球道距離


“He’s just fiery; he’s got that killer instinct,” he said of Spieth. “You want to play against the best at the Masters, and fortunately he was able to close the deal.”

Spieth gave a lot of credit to Greller, who he said “kept me strong,” telling him at the outdoor green jacket ceremony that “you’re the reason the dream came true.”

Greller had some help from Crenshaw’s caddie, Carl Jackson, who stayed around after Crenshaw missed the cut. Jackson, who was on Crenshaw’s bag for 38 years before sitting this one out because of tender ribs, met with Greller each morning to go over the pin locations. Greller said it was like meeting with Michael Jordan before the NBA Finals.

“I told him to be careful of the sucker pins; there are several of them out there,” Jackson said Sunday, referring to the final round pin positions. “I told him to focus.”

Said Spieth: “Michael and I owe a lot to Ben and Carl for creating this opportunity for us.”

Jackson said Greller’s “done a great job. Mike listens and he takes it to heart.”

The biggest drama Sunday came on the 18th when Spieth was trying to break the tournament record. Needing to make par, he hit his drive in the right rough and his second shot ended just short of the green. With two-time champion Watson watching behind the green in his green jacket, he chipped to within 5 feet of the hole, but missed the putt to the right, then tapped in for bogey.



Speith 本來打完 287個洞 總成績是 19 under 低標準十九桿 只要最後一擊 at Par 完成 就會創出新紀錄 但就是這一 Putt 略微右了一點 吃了 Bogey 煲忌 只能以 18 under 完成 平了舊記錄 但曾經達到 19 under 已經又是一個新記錄 壓力下失諸交臂!


“I’ll never forget watching the front of the hole as the last tap in went in the front edge,” Spieth said. “There was no need for crazy celebrations. At that point I was just really, really pleased with the whole week, being out on top, being able to stay on top and to conquer my favorite tournament in the world.”



Spieth 差一點就破多一項紀錄,四天以來都領先群雄,到了最後一洞卻失手了,本來是破紀錄的 19 under 到了最終,吃了一記 煲忌 Bogey 就是在第 18洞,只可以平記錄 18 under 贏得 Green Jacket!


以下是全部參賽的高爾夫球球手,有些在兩天比賽後落後過多,會被 cut 斬掉請早回家,即是請你不要阻著地頭轉。


冠軍以下至 T38 的球手記錄




Phil Mickelson T2位 271,Rory McIlroy 第4位 276,老虎活士 T17位 283,Sergio Garcia T17位 283,Angel Cabrera T22位 286。


T38 至被 Cut 裁掉的 球手




上屆冠軍 Bubba Watson 289 高 1桿完成 T38位,至於 Vijay Singh 沒有被斬 但是四天以來 295 高 7桿 位列 54。



最底底的一群被斬參賽者



其中見到被 Cut 的有 加拿大 Mike Weir 曾經贏過 2003 Masters,兩天比賽後已經高 19桿被斬掉,還有 Jim Furyk 兩天比賽 高 3桿也都是冇得留低。



後記:

繼 “Masters 大師賽” 過去的週末(June 18-21) Jordan Spieth 又大發神威,D1=68, D2=67, D3=71, D4=69, 前兩日進取把握 5桿的優勢,在其後兩天只力求平穩的策略,又拿下了 2015年度 高爾夫球的另一個大滿貫冠軍 US Open 美國公開賽,成績是 -5 低標準五桿的 275桿總數。







看看 scoreboard 有 Adam Scott 從後力追, 第四天拿下低標準 6桿的 64 最好成績,可惜之前 3天失地過多,只能得個 T4 -3 與其他兩名同是低三桿 Cameron Smith 和 Branden Grace 並列第四。T2 也有兩位分別是 Louis Oosthuizen 和 Dustin Johnson 低標準四桿 -4 得雙亞軍。


伸延閱覽:
Spieth becomes second-youngest Masters champion augusta.com
Augusta Golf Course augusta.com
Augusta Golf Course ~ Interactive Map augusta.com
US Open 2015 scoreboard USopen.com


我的舊文:
記四則美國體壇新聞
The Green Jacket
NO more TIGER Woods?


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