2018-04-12 / Sports

Masters provided good drama

Fat Guy Corner

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist Jeff Day — Sports Columnist The Masters PGA golf tournament once again provided drama (the good kind) on Sunday afternoon with the thrill of Patrick Reed, with a three-shot lead, looking for his first major win and a green jacket. Add to that the greatness of Rory McIlroy stalking him in second place looking for the Masters victory and a golf grand slam. The fact that the crowd at Augusta National was rooting for everyone except Patrick Reed didn’t bother him. The 27-year-old from Texas never backed down on Sunday taking on all foes. The play of Rickie Fowler, who made an 8-foot putt on No. 18 to force Reed to make par to win just added to the drama. Rickie just keeps knocking on the major door finishing runner up for the third time in his career. It’s just a matter of time before Rickie breaks through with a win. I think it will actually come here in 2018.

How about Jordan Spieth coming back from nine shots down to get in the mix of a possible green jacket? He birdied four of the last five holes and tried to make history, but fell short in his attempt. The drama just kept unfolding all afternoon long. However, Reed, who was known for his brashness and speaking his mind, would not fold. Patrick shot a 1-under 71 for the win. Best known for his Ryder Cup and President’s Cup play, needed a major on his resume, and he got it.

Patrick Reed got the job done and I was rooting for him to win this green jacket. I like that Patrick is a hardnosed grinder on the golf course. We all know winning the Masters changes your entire life and Mr. Reed will enjoy the changes. Of that, I am sure.

How did my selections fare? Let’s just say Henrik Stenson was in the hunt at 9-under and was in the top ten for the weekend. My other pick, Paul Casey, played one good round on the last day and that was it! Picking the winner of a golf tournament is one hard proposition. This week the tour heads to Harbor Town, a golf course I had the privilege of playing in early March. It’s a tight golf course and a shot-making course and will be a great watch for me.

On the outside looking in

The NHL hockey playoffs begin this week and for the second straight year the ‘Dead Wings’ will be watching on television. The Eastern Conference match-ups are as follows. The Tampa Bay ‘Bolts’ will play the New Jersey Devils. I like Tampa to advance.

The Boston Bruins will play the Toronto Maple Leafs (used to be the Maple Laughs, but not anymore)! I like the Bruins to take out the Leafs in a close series.

The choking Washington Capitals take on Columbus and they also fold in the playoffs. So this will all come down to who wins a series of chokers? I will take the Blue Jackets to advance.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will defeat the Philadelphia

Flyers in a great battle of Pennsylvania bragging rights.

The Western

Conference has

Nashville taking on Colorado and nobody is playing any better than Nashville. I love Nashville to move on. The Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild, I feel is a tossup. I will take Minnesota to advance.

The expansion team, Las Vegas, is the hockey story of the year by far. Las Vegas will play the L.A. Kings. I’ll take the expansion Knights to move on.

The toss up series is in California where the San Jose Sharks will play the Anaheim Ducks. These two teams are so even it’s a coin flip. I flipped it and it came up San Jose and I cannot go against the coin!

The chase for the Stanley Cup is so much fun to watch. The first round is great because the unexpected is always looming its ugly head for an upset. I believe it’s the only sport where the lowest seed has a legit chance at winning a series and the entire playoffs. The fans know it, and the teams do, too! The electricity in the hockey arenas is so awesome it gives me goose bumps. I love the white outs, or whatever color the teams have. Drop the puck and get the Stanley Cup Playoffs going! It sure would be nice if Detroit gets back in the mix.

Broom ball

The Detroit Tigers busted out the broom over the weekend to sweep the White Sox. The Tigers won 1-0 on Sunday marking the first 1-0 win on the season after losing 1-0 twice. The Tigers are 4-5 on the season after Sunday and that’s respectable. The problem is, the White Sox and Royals are also terrible baseball teams. I want to see what the Tigers do on the field when facing a very good ball club. I will say the cold weather has been brutal on the players and it’s forced some non-hitting by all teams. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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