With the Coronavirus still lurking and protests gathering across the country, it was nice to return to the links to get away from all that stuff for a few
hours. Obviously, my feelings parallel with most of the players in the league because it was the largest turn out of the season. I could feel the love in the air while watching all the
bright smiling faces. It was a thing of beauty. It felt like one big happy family reunion. Proud to be an American in the greatest country on earth. Well, that lasted for most of the players until
Amen Corner turned those smiles to frowns. The love in the air soon became hard to breathe, The thing of beauty turned ugly with some ugly triples and double bogeys. Rodney Griggs played Amen
Corner -3, the best in the A flight with an eagle on 7, followed by Chad Adaway and newcomer, Mark Bridges -2.
But, it was Khris Colbert who pretty much led this tournament from start to finish. He seems to play this course well. If it weren't for the slow start last year on the first two holes, he probably would have been putting that white jacket on himself this year. Yes, JK, you would have finished second to the kid in 2019. Just like the PGA, the 2020 Masters would start to crystallize on the back nine. It was a five-man race between Chad Adaway, who was looking to win his second tournament of the season, Roland Turner, a multiple- major winner, Mark Bridges who carries a 2 handicap and probably the best ball-striker in the league, Rodney Griggs, the 2019 Player of the Year and Khris Colbert who was hitting it well all day. Chad's 44 on the back will never be good enough for a white jacket nor Roland's 4 over on the last 5 holes. Both of their sub-par performances on the back kept them out of the money. The third-place finish went to the newcomer, Bridges. His misstep was on 12 when his tee shot went out of bounds within an inch. Rodney played great all day. His only bad hole was a double on the first hole. His 73 was low gross and normally that is good enough to win. But, Khris matched him shot for shot and played his best round since entering the league back in 2015. Khris, you are now a 2-time champion and that puts you only 4 away from your idol, Tom Brady. I am pretty sure you can match him. Just keep up the hard work. Congratulations on your great win! And to sum up this article "Before God, we are all equally wise and equally foolish."
The B Flight was readjusted for an even number of players participating as the A Flight. With this readjustment, the B Flight became very competitive again. All
considered, 9 and below would be the A Flight and 10 and above would be considered B Flight. With that redistribution of players, it sent several players down to the B Flight like Jamie
Villarreal, Gabe Ramos, Chris Allen, and Chuck Tolliver just to name a few.
So as the 2020 Masters got underway, everyone except Chuck Tolliver was on top of the leaderboard and poised to win. Chris Allen was looking like it was his tournament to win and he would finally get "the monkey off his back" since he hasn't won a major, yet. Well, that "monkey" turned into a "silverback" starting on hole 12 with a triple boogie and he couldn't recover from there.
The next contender up was Gabe "Big Money" Ramos aka "G-Money" who's Major resume is second to none with two Players Championships, PGA Championship, Ryder Cup Championship, Culture Cup Championship. Not to mention, he already has a white jacket in his closet. I said this a lot "the brighter the lights, the better Gabe shines". Well, someone needs to call HL&P because there was no electricity on the back nine. It was a total lunar eclipse with a 44 giving him a money-less third-place finish.
That brings us to the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Let's talk about the agony... Jamie Villarreal was in the clubhouse sitting on the lead. Rumor has it that he tried the jacket on for fit assuming he had ended his 2-year winless drought and revenge his loss of the Masters to Mike Rizzo in a playoff back in 2017. There was only one player left in the field who could have possibly catch Jamie and that was Jonathan Cole.
This is the part were the thrill of victory and agony of defeat meet. Cole goes birdie, par, birdie, par to flip Jamie on his back with a field low 38 on the back nine. What an amazing win for Cole! Congratulations!! You earned the right of being the 2020 Masters Champion.
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