Tiger Woods made his comeback for the Masters, as he did in healthier years. He took a step back at Augusta National, did not break off until the last round, finishing 16 shots behind Patrick Reed, the most he left behind for the Masters winner. Woods was not alone in his disappointment. Jordan Spieth has spent his early part of the year getting ready for the Masters, the major he says he wants the most. He had a two-shot lead after the first round, and laps of 74-71 even meant that final 64 was not enough. Phil Mickelson left the hunt with a 79 in the second round. Jack Nicklaus can understand how they feel, and his message to anyone who cares so much about a green jacket is that the show goes on. "I had to learn that there were other tournaments in the country after Augusta," Nicklaus told the Masters after hitting the ceremonial first tee. "I played and lost Augusta many times, winning # 63, # 65 and # 66, and I was just expecting to win every year, so I thought I'd just keep doing that. "Nicklaus missed the cut in 1
967. He says that this has started a three-year trend that took him longer than it would have to do to avoid winning the Masters." That was one humiliating experience of missing the cut after winning it twice in a row, "he said," but then, in the next few years, I think it probably destroyed the rest of my year. Because I was so disappointed that I did not win in Augusta, that I had a downer almost all year round. He did not do more than two tournaments before winning again after the Masters in 1963, 1964 and 1965. After having repeated himself in Augusta in 1966, he ran in the top five five times in a row before he did The British Open in Muirfield won to finish the Grand Slam career but after missing the 1967 cut, he went through five tournaments without winning and had a 10-lap run in which he could not break 70. In the following Nicklaus won Western Open the first weekend of August the year he finished fifth at the Masters, and after finishing 23rd in the Masters in 1969, he did not win until the Sahara Invitational in October, "I have so much Nicklaus has found out that in the next four years he has never been more than three events after the mast before he won again. Twice, in 1971 and 1973, he won on his next start after failing to win the Masters. CURTIS CUP Four years after Lucy Li qualified for the US Women's Open at the age of eleven, the Californian is heading for her first Curtis Cup. Li was among eight women selected for the June 8-10 games against amateurs from the UK and Ireland at Quaker Ridge in New York. Li is the first 15-year-old to join the American team since Lexi Thompson in 2010. The other Americans selected for the team are UCLA star Lilia Vu, Andrea Lee, Jennifer Kupcho, Kristen Gillman, US women's amateur champion Sophia Schubert, Lauren Stephenson and Mariel Galdiano. Lee and Galdiano played in the last Curtis Cup, won by Britain & Ireland in Ireland. AS THE WORLD TURNS For the second time since the World Golf Championships began in 1999, the PGA Tour is transforming one of its regular tournaments into one of the four WGCs with a big budget ($ 10 million this year) and a limited field without cut. Doral was the longest-running PGA Tour event on the Florida Swing until it entered the 2007 WGC-CA Championship. Now it's in Memphis, Tennessee. Bridgestone decided not to renew its increasingly expensive title sponsorship of the WGC at Firestone, which since 1976 hosted an elite event. As of next year, the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be switching to the TPC Southwind in Memphis. This will ensure the strongest field for Memphis dating back to 1958. But similar to Doral 2007, it is taboo for regulars of the PGA Tour. Based on this week's World Ranking, only 16 players at St. Jude Classic would be eligible for a World Golf Championship last year. BALANCE AT THE TOP Each generation believes it has stronger and deeper competition, though at least it appears to be more balanced. Maybe one way to measure that is Tiger Woods. When he won the US Open for his 14th Major in 2008, only seven other players in the top 20 of the world rankings had brought 13 majors together. Phil Mickelson (# 2), Ernie Els (# 5) and Vijay Singh (# 9) each had three majors. Geoff Ogilvy (# 4), Jim Furyk (# 10), Padraig Harrington (# 13) and Trevor Immelman (# 15) each had one. Just like back then, four of the top five in the world won the majors (all but 23-year-old Jon Rahm). However, 12 of the top 20 in the world rankings have won the majors this week. Top 20 include Mickelson (now with five majors), Rory McIlroy (four majors), Jordan Spieth (three majors) and Bubba Watson (two majors). Eight other players have won at least one major. It is certainly younger at the top. Woods was 32 when he won his last major and only three top 10 players were in their 20s – Scott, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose. This week, seven of the top 10 in the world are in their 20s. MANAGEMENT MOVES Jordan Spieth's manager has closed the circle and returns to IMG, and Jay Danzi brings his top client. Danzi has partnered with William Morris Endeavor of California, who owns IMG. Jordan Lewites, who took over a large part of Spieeth's daily operations, and Laura Moses, who heads the Spieth Foundation, are there. Spieth will be represented by WME and IMG. "Jordan is a world-class talent and we look forward to welcoming him to the family," said Patrick Whitesell, Executive Chairman of Endeavor. "If you look at what he and Jay have already achieved and what opportunities WME and IMG have to extend Jordan's reach in terms of entertainment and sports, the possibilities are endless." Previously, Danzi worked for IMG as a global head of recruiting for his golf business. He left the Cleveland-based agency for Wasserman and then founded his own company (Forefront Sports Group) when he signed Spieth. The heart of Spieth was a bold support from Under Armor. Lagardere bought Forefront in 2013. In addition to managing the triple main champion, Danzi led Lagardere's brand consulting, sales and golf advisory groups. He left Lagardere last month. DIVOT's Ted Potter Jr. was in 16th place at RBC Heritage, notable for missing out on his last five rides for his AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am win. … Satoshi Kodaira was the first player without a PGA Tour status to win a regular PGA Tour since Arjun Atwal at the 2010 Wyndham Championship. Cameron Smith, a 24-year-old Australian, was banned for 32nd place at Hilton Head last week and passed Jack Nicklaus on the PGA Tour career money list. … Bryson DeChambeau rose to the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time at age 48. With his fifth place in the Masters, Bubba Watson became the 16th player to surpass $ 40 million in career income on the PGA Tour. STATUS OF THE WEEK Rickie Fowler was in the top 10 in 20 out of the 32 rounds he has played this season. FINAL WORD & # 39; I probably will not wear it everyday. But it is something special. – Satoshi Kodaira on the tartan jacket he received for winning the Harbor Town.