2020 Masters Choose Your Own Adventure, Rory McIlroy vs. Brooks Koepka: A Wild Finish
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images. Pictured: Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy
Keep following and watching the birdies.
Sometimes in golf, it’s better to be lucky than good. Sometimes when watching golf, the same rule applies.
As much as you wanted to camp out by the 18th green and get a decent seat for the conclusion of this whirlwind final round, you couldn’t leave the action. It was way too entertaining. So instead, you decided to bounce around and, man, it couldn’t have worked out better.
Hang back on 11 after Koepka and McIlroy make birdies on top of each other and catch three more in the last three groups. Jump ahead to the 14th and see a few more. The 16th? Wow, a near-ace for Rory that hopped past the hole and wound up being a disappointing par, but still — a shot worth watching.
You’ve seen so many great shots and so many perfect putts that your throat is already sore from so much screaming. The convenience stores in the greater Augusta area are going to make some money off all the lozenge sales after this one.
As you head toward the final hole, you’re feeling pretty good about your decision to not camp out there, while simultaneously bummed out for all those people who have missed an incredible back-nine, just because they made that wrong decision.
And look, it’s all worked out for the best, as you find a spot not far from that final green where you have a visible line on every putt rolling toward that front-right hole location.
No, that’s not even the best part.
The leaderboard ends with a four-way tie at the top – McIlroy, Reed, Thomas and Rahm each at 14-under.
This being your first time at the Masters, you don’t want to gloat, but as most of the spectators are going berserk over a four-man playoff featuring a quartet of superstars, you have the wherewithal to race-walk your way back as close to the 18th tee as you can get, beating the competitors there by a good 10 minutes.
When McIlroy makes birdie to trump pars from the other three, you find yourself part of the jubilant celebration, every fan just ecstatic they were there to watch such a conclusion.
And you? You didn’t just see that. You got to see the whole damned thing.