Be­ware the Mas­ters hang­over

A trend has emerged, and it doesn’t bode well for Pa­trick Reed

Today's Golfer (UK) - - First Tee -

Be­ing a Mas­ters cham­pion brings plenty of re­wards. Yes, the Green Jacket is great, but the money is greater. So, too, is the recog­ni­tion. What they for­get to men­tion, how­ever, is the me­dia cir­cus that comes with it. Af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion is made in the But­ler Cabin, there’s a sec­ond one by the prac­tice green. Then there’s a din­ner – in your hon­our of course – and a one-way flight wait­ing to take you to New York at silly o’clock. There’s lit­tle time to sleep or breathe, as the in­ter­views fol­low one af­ter an­other the next morn­ing. Lit­tle won­der Reed de­cided to take four weeks off. Try­ing to re­turn to nor­mal­ity is the hard thing, which is why peo­ple call it the Mas­ters hang­over. But is there such a thing? The num­bers sug­gest there is.

Since 2008 only three golfers have won an­other tour­na­ment that same sea­son. Jor­dan Spieth won three, in­clud­ing a US Open. Oth­ers, though, have strug­gled to record a top 10, let alone a top five. Danny Wil­lett didn’t achieve ei­ther on the PGA Tour in 2016, while Ser­gio man­aged just one top 10 last sea­son. Nei­ther player fared much bet­ter in the Ma­jors (or on the Eu­ro­pean Tour) and as our chart shows, it’s a trend which can be traced all the way back to Trevor Im­mel­man in 2008. Some­where, Rory is breath­ing a sigh of re­lief...

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