2020 Masters Choose Your Own Adventure, Patrick Reed vs. Jon Rahm: Big Decision
Harry Trump/Getty Images. Pictured: Patrick Reed, Jon Rahm
Leave this pairing and find another one.
As it turns out, the Reed-Rahm pairing is like terrible sandwich meat on the best-tasting bread you’ve ever had. On either side of this twosome — Koepka and McIlroy up ahead, Woods and Mickelson behind — loud cheers echo through the gallery with every birdie, as all four of these players are within sniffing distance of the title.
You’ve often wondered why, as a spectator, people would camp out at a specific hole and watch multiple groups come through, as opposed to following these groups throughout the round and witnessing the ebbs and flows.
Well, you’re starting to get a valuable lesson why.
As you try to weave back and forth between the last pairing and the third-to-last pairing, trying to ignore the second-to-last pairing that you started with, you find it utterly difficult, if not impossible, to jump between them. After a few feeble attempts, you resign yourself to camping out in a spot — about 10 rows deep behind the gallery ropes short of the 16th green, watching the final three groups come through. OK, make that trying to watch the final three groups, as it was packed so deep for such high-quality players that it was nearly impossible to see anything.
In the end, you were there. You were present for one of the better final rounds of the Masters in recent history. You’ll forever be able to tell the story of being in attendance.
But you also know you made some poor decisions along the way.
Following a specific pairing is a risk-reward decision. You took the risk today, going with the lowest-profile of the three, but didn’t get the reward in the end. Maybe somewhere along the line, you should’ve chosen a different path.