Sunday evening, with the 2022 green jacket hanging in treasury Balance, Rory McIlroy made one of the great shots in the history of the Masters. a point. Stranded in the dugout to the right of the eighteenth green and needing to post a number, McIlroy pounced on the face of the playing surface and watched him squirt with a sense of assured fate toward the bottom of the cup. I’ve watched it a million times. Now a million and one watched it.
As it turned out, McIlroy’s heroism wasn’t enough. Scheffler held onto the win by three strokes, drawing the iconic shot instantly into the Masters’ “what if” moments overflow container. But there was another factor at play that undermined McIlroy’s moment of genius in golf. its name?
When the Scheffler-Smith pairing finished playing on the 13th, Sir Nick poured the beans on the toast, and by the time the broadcast swung to 18 to show off the footage, the whole world knew what was going to happen. In the hours that followed, Faldo took his share of the baton on the web – some fair, some not – but after 48 hours of abuse, he was forced to join the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday to address the spoiler and regain control of the DC-N story. How did that happen, according to 006.
“This was a beginner’s mistake,” admitted Faldo, CBS’s chief golf analyst since 2006. Then he went on to explain how between the fair’s roar and Jim Nantz’s grumbles and the sweet, sweet visions of Rory in his green jacket, he couldn’t keep them in bottles. He had to share it with the world, and share it, like Mentos in a Coca-Cola bottle.
“I’ve been there for 18 years,” he concluded. “That was my first movie.”
We’re not sure we’d go so far as to call it Faldo first “c***-up” (his term, not ours), but at this point, you should be feeling the guy… right? Welcome? anyone?