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Thoughts Of Augusta

by Mike Purkey

If you don’t think the golf world isn’t already thinking and talking about The Masters, you should have been inside George Coetzee’s head. The South African needed to win the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco in order to end the weekend inside the top 50 in the world ranking, which would have punched his ticket to Augusta.

Richie Ramsay did his utmost to make certain Coetzee didn’t make The Masters and not out of any malice toward Coetzee, even when Ramsay gave back the four shots he had gained in the inal round in just two holes.

Despite falling on his face, Ramsay mounted a comeback for the second time in the final round and won his third career European Tour event. Give Coetzee credit, his past two starts on the European Tour were 1 and T3.

Romain Wattel fell short of making Sunday a big day in French golf as countrywoman Gwladys Nocera won the Lalla Meryem Cup just down the road from the palace walls where the men were playing. Wattel finished second by one shot in Morocco.

In America, Jimmy Walker won his fifth PGA Tour event in the past 18 months, beating Jordan Spieth to capture the Valero Texas Open. However, Walker hasn’t played well in big tournaments, which is why he is “only” No. 10 in the world.

Speaking of big tournaments, the year’s first major on the LPGA Tour is this week, the ANA Inspiration, which used to be the Kraft Nabisco. Cristie Kerr, who won on Sunday in California, knows how to win the big ones.

So does Lydia Ko. Already.

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