It was a wild year at Augusta National — a Masters tournament that will be remembered more for the tragedies to befall the defeated than the heroics of the victorious.
1. When Defending champion Jordan Spieth hit his tee shot on the twelfth hole, Golden Bell, just short, the world watched as his ball then bounced flaccidly into Ray's Creek. It was when his second ball splashed down to a watery grave from 80 yards that our hearts broke. The result: He had just made a quadruple bogey and watched a second green jacket slip from his grasp.
2. Also, to the dismay of everyone watching, Ernie Els seven-putted his first hole. The Big Easy is one of the game's most respected veterans, so it's hard to take any joy in the schadenfreude.
3. On a more joyful note, there were three holes in one on the 16th during the final round, None was quite as epic as Louis Oosthuizen's snooker-style ace. His shot ricocheted off J.B. Holmes' ball and rolled magically into the cup. It was almost as amazing as his double eagle on number two, Pink Dogwood, back in 2012. We will have to ask him which he thought was cooler.
4. Remember when 58-year-old, two-time-Masters champ Bernhard Langer found himself heading into the final round in contention for his third green jacket. A win would have made him the oldest player to ever win a major championship, and given hope to a number of players late in their career. Sadly, on Sunday, Langer fell well off the pace, shooting 79.
5. Three-time Phil Mickelson came to Augusta feeling like he was on top of his game, and for nearly a round and a half, he was. He posted at even par on Thursday and was one under on his second round when he came to the seventh hole, where he made a double bogey. He made three more bogeys in the next four holes and two double bogeys before his round was done to shoot a 79 and miss the cut by one shot.
6. Some took the news of Spieth's blow up harder than others. Stephen Curry was warming up for a game against San Antonio when Andre Iguodala broke the news. Curry, a golf nut and major Spieth fan, fell to the floor in disbelief.
7. The wind conditions for most of the tournament were a bit dicey, making shooting a good number tough for all the players. But one particular gust was menacingly disastrous on Billy Horschel. As he was getting ready to putt for eagle on the par-5 15th, Firethorn Horschel was forced to watch helplessly as the wind blew his ball off the green and into the water.
8. Jordan Spieth had but a few short minutes to process the anguish of his blow up before he had to take questions from Jim Nantz inside Butler Cabin and help Danny Willet don his green jacket, as tradition dictates. It was an awkward bit of television; Spieth literally stumbled over a chair. A short while later, Spieth had regrouped to face the press with his usual preternatural poise.
9. Danny Willet made five birdies and no bogeys on Masters Sunday to shoot what is certainly the greatest 67 of his life to win the golf tournament. But it was a stroke of luck he was even in Georgia. His wife's due date with their first child was April 11. But the golf gods were smiling on the 28-year-old Englishman, his son was born March 29, ensuring his Augusta tee time.