Beware the Masters hangover
A trend has emerged, and it doesn’t bode well for Patrick Reed
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...