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5 things we learnt from the US Masters

JORDAN Spieth is the newest player to win a Green Jacket, but what else did we learn during the 2015 US Masters?

WE learnt many things during this year's US Masters. Mainly, Jordan Spieth will now always be referred to as 'Masters champion Jordan Spieth' and Adam Scott will never again use an anchored putting stroke at Augusta National.

What else did we learn from the US Masters in 2015?

TIGER IS STILL AN ENTERTAINER

He hasn't played much golf since being plagued by injuries the last two seasons and many were quick to write-off Tiger Woods as a has-been. The chipping yips that affected his game at Phoenix and Torrey Pines earlier this year meant many were shocked when Tiger decided to tee it up at Augusta this year.

Just making the cut at the US Masters seemed to be a long-shot for the 14-time Major winner.

But over much of the four days at Augusta, Tiger reminded us all of the player that he used to be and still is.

After a duck hook tee-shot on No. 13 on Saturday, Tiger was able to recover with an incredible birdie.

On Thursday, his tee-shot on No. 7 rolled behind a tree, blocking a clear approach to the green. Instead of taking the easy way out and hooking it around the tree, Tiger attemped a brave cut shot that landed on the green and he saved par.

Tiger Apr 10

THE LEGENDS KEEP GIVING US REASONS TO LOVE THEM

It's one of the great appeals of the US Masters that past champions are held in such high regard by the fans of the game and Augusta National.

For different reasons, three of the all-time greats of the tournament made headlines.

Jack Nicklaus, a six-time winner of the tournament and the oldest to ever don a green jacket, hit a hole-in-one during the Wednesday Par-3 contest.

Two-time US Masters winner Tom Watson played again this year and impressed during the first round when he became the oldest to ever break par during the US Masters. At 65, he may not be the longest off the tee, but Watson still managed to shoot an impressive score of 71.

A Friday round of 81 meant that the 1977 and '81 champion missed the cut, but Watson's Thursday performance earned its way into the record books.

Ben Crenshaw might have shot the highest score during the first two rounds of the 2015 US Masters, but after he holed his putt on the 18th the patrons roared like he had won.

Even if they're not there to challenge the current generation of golfers, Crenshaw's ovation on Friday proved that the patrons truly appreciate the history of the Masters tournament.

tom watson

MARTIN KAYMER ISN'T ANY CLOSER TO WINNING A GREEN JACKET

He may be the reigning US Open champion after a wire-to-wire victory at Pinehurst last year, but Martin Kaymer is still obssessed with winning the US Masters.

Kaymer also won a PGA Championship in 2010, but the German's poor record at Augusta would have more people picking him never to win a US Masters than to ever win.

When he failed to make the weekend in 2015, Kaymer took his tally to five missed cuts in eight attempts. His highest finish at the US Masters is a T31 in 2014.

Naturally, not every player that competes at the Masters is going to win a Green Jacket, but Kaymer seems to be more obssessed with the possibility than many other players.

After his PGA Championship win in 2010, Kaymer fell from World Number one to 64th in the world during a three-year slump.

During that time, he was working to evolve his natural fade into a swing that would suit Augusta, a course that favours a draw.

With rounds of 76 and 75, Kaymer's performance in 2015 seems he isn't any closer to achieving his goal.

A NEW RIVALRY MAY HAVE BEGUN IN SYDNEY

The talk months before the first tee shot at Augusta was all about Rory McIlroy. Could he achieve a career slam at just 25? By winning the US Masters and US Open in 2015, could he be the first player since Tiger Woods to hold all four Majors at the same time?

At the Australian Open in November, Rory McIlroy was the main draw card and may be again if he chooses to compete at The Australian Golf Club in 2015.

But there was another young player that made the journey to Sydney. Having already won on the PGA Tour and finishing T2 at the 2014 US Masters, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth was still a star appearance at The Australian.

All the talk, however, was whether Adam Scott and McIlroy would resume their battle of 2013 and fight it our for the Stonehaven Cup. But it was Spieth who reigned supreme with a round of 63 on the Sunday that is rated as one of the best the tournament has seen.

Over the past weekend, Spieth then gazumped McIlroy by six shots to win his first US Masters. McIlroy will feel disappointed after a slow first 27 holes almost certainly cost him a shot at the Green Jacket.

From The Australian to Augusta National, the true rivalry of golf for many more years may well be Spieth v McIlroy.

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THE ASIA-PACIFIC AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP PRODUCES TALENT

Australian amateur Antonio Murdaca was this year's invitee from the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship after he won at Royal Melbourne last year.

Also in the US Masters field in 2015 was two-time winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Champinship, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.

Playing in his fourth US Masters and second as a professional, Matsuyama finished a career-best fifth with a final score of 11-under.

During his four rounds at Augusta in 2015, Matsuyama broke par each time, including an excellent bogey-free 66 on Sunday.

The PGA Tour winner may not have won anything last weekend, but Matsuyama reaffirmed the opinion that so many hold of him - that he could become the first ever US Masters champion from Asia.

That is unless fellow Asia-Pacific Amateur champion Guan Tianlang doesn't do it before him.

Hideki Matsuyama

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