2020 Masters Choose Your Own Adventure, Rory McIlroy vs. Brooks Koepka: Big-Game Hunter


Streeter Lecka/Getty Images. Pictured: Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy

Koepka is too tough in majors.

There are no electronic devices allowed on the premises at Augusta National during Masters week. That is, as everyone knows, strictly forbidden.

It’s a rule which stinks for any spectator trying to catch up on highlights they might’ve missed or any other non-golf correspondence they needed to have.

It’s a great rule for so many other reasons, though.

This is the only tournament all year where the scene around the final green doesn’t show a backdrop of fans holding up their cell phones to capture a moment which is already being captured on live television and by professional photographers.

It’s also the only one where good ol’ fashioned sports debates — or at least trivia quizzes — can take place without somebody pulling the answer out of their pocket.

As you walk the back-nine, you befriend another golf nut who is similarly taking in the scene alone, just enjoying the competition and the course and everything that surrounds it. As the two of you watch Koepka make consecutive birdies on the 13th, 14th and 15th holes, the conversation turns to just how proficient he’s been in major championships over the past few years.

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What would be a two-second Wikipedia search in the real world becomes a 30-minute memorization test on just how proficient he’s really been.

You both remember the four majors, of course — any golf fan who’s been paying even the slightest attention knows that. It’s the other close calls which are tougher. Last year’s Masters runner-up is an easy call; the other guy remembers that he was also second at the U.S. Open and top-five at the Open Championship in addition to his PGA Championship win.

From there, you work backward. The two of you finally conclude there were two other top-fives at the PGA and one more at the U.S. Open. Neither of you recall the T-6 at The Open three years ago, though, something easily findable with a phone.

By the time your discussion is nearly over, so is the tournament.

Koepka has done it again, taking a torch to the back-nine and the rest of the contenders as he claims his fifth career title. When it’s finally clinched, you turn to the other fan and say, “I bet some guy sitting at home just updated his Wikipedia page as soon as that putt dropped.”

You both laugh, knowing it was more fun to watch him in person and try to recount his successes than simply looking it all up on the Internet.

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