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I love playing solo golf. Just something about getting out on the course early enough to where it’s just me, my cart, and no group in front of me to slow down my pace. I feel like I play some of my best golf when I’m riding solo. However, my worst nightmare is booking a tee time, showing up to the course, and finding out I’ve been placed with three strangers. It really kills my mood, and my scores on the first couple of holes usually reflect that. However, if I was paired with some of the Masters groupings, I wouldn’t hate it. In honor of a tradition unlike any other, I ranked the 5 groups I’d want to play with.
Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner, and Patrick Reed
Lowkey one of the best groupings of this year’s Masters. These guys aren’t going to blow you away with their talent such as guys like Spieth, Day, Mickelson, Rory, etc., but they are still players and all come with a different approach to the game. Jason and I could connect over losing the one that got away while Reed and I could chum it up about living in Texas. Louis is a dark-horse. Good character guy to have around.
Tom Watson, Charley Hoffman, and Lee Westwood
I’m joining this grouping for one reason only: Tom Watson. Just sitting in a cart for 18 holes with one of the guys who has seen it all in golf would be a huge day. Just listening to Watson’s stories, sharing some of my own, cracking jokes at Westwood’s expense for the inevitable collapse on the back-nine, and tons of smiles. Count me in.
Justin Thomas, Emiliano Grillo, and Dustin Johnson
This grouping is about one thing and one thing only: having fun on the course. This would be the foursome that was shotgunning beers on every hole, hollering at the cart girl, and maybe even sneaking a line in at the turn. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.
Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, and Ernie Els
This group is chock full of good dudes. They’d be more than willing to give me advice on my iron play, sand saves, etc. True story: I used to be a big Ernie fan way back in the day. Don’t know why really, just always rooted for the dude. Kuchar’s one of the best ball strikers in the game, so watching his swing would be the perfect thing to calm me down from a bad shot. Plus, maybe Day’s wife joins as a spectator. Not a bad view, either.
Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey, and Bryson DeChambeau
This one should be an easy top choice for any golfer. Not only do you get to play with last year’s Masters champion in Spieth, but you also get to play with one of the most interesting newcomers in all of golf in Bryson DeChambeau. Both of those guys like to keep it light on the course, so you know we’d just be hamming it up and talking shit about Casey every time he tees it up. Just feels like the ultimate foursome..
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