Five former Sun Devils were in the playing field for The Masters this past weekend, the most alumni from a single school this year. Unfortunately for Sun Devil fans, neither of the five competitors came out on top.
Spaniard and most recent graduate, Jon Rahm came the closest to the top of the leaderboard before losing focus on the Par-5, 15th. After a drive that set himself up nice for an approach shot to get him on the green in two, Rahm landed his shot on the false front of the green, which made his ball trickle down into the water.
Instead of an eagle opportunity to tie him with the leader at the time, Rahm made bogey and saw himself out of contention with three holes to go. In total, Rahm finished in fourth place with a score of 11-under-par. If it weren’t for his first round 75, Rahm could’ve had a real chance at taking home the green jacket.
Paul Casey was the next former Sun Devil to follow Rahm. Similarly, to Rahm, Casey struggled mightily in the first round, as he posted a 74, followed by a 75 on Friday, to just barely make the cut at 5-over. After a disappointing first two rounds, Casey bounced back for a strong weekend.
Casey finished his two rounds on the weekend under par and made an impressive run on Sunday. The Brit found himself a 65-foot putt on 18 away from setting the Sunday course record at Augusta with a 63. Instead, Casey would three putt after is first putt went 10 feet past the hole after a steep slope. Unfortunately, he couldn’t match the course record either from 10 feet, so Casey tapped in for bogey for a 7-under, 65 final round, to put him tied for 15th.
Possibly the most famous former Sun Devil in Phil Mickelson, barely made the cut after sharing a two-day score with Casey at 5-over. On Thursday, the lefty looked to show promise for the remainder of the tournament after coming out strong, posting a 70. However, on Friday, Mickelson blew up to shoot 7-over par. Again on Saturday, Mickelson finished over par to put him close to dead last heading into the final round.
On Sunday, Mickelson had his best day of the week, as he posted a 5-under, 67, highlighted by five birdies and an eagle. When all was said and done, Mickelson finished 2-over for the tournament, to put him in a tie for 36th.
The final Sun Devil to make the cut was Phoenix Open runner up, Chez Reavie. After making the cut by two strokes, Reavie could not put anything together on the weekend. Besides his second round at 1-under par, Reavie finished the remaining three rounds at 3-over or worse. He finished the tournament at 10-over par, which was last place for all players who made the cut.
The sole Sun Devil to miss the cut, was Phoenix native, Pat Perez. Perez finished his first two rounds at a combined 6-over par, to miss the cut by just one stroke.
Patrick Reed took home the green jacket on Sunday after a dominant performance throughout the week at Augusta. Reed finished at 15-under par, after doing just enough on Sunday to secure the victory. Fellow Ryder Cup teammates Rickie Fowler (14-under) and Jordan Spieth (13-under), finished in second and third place respectively.
The PGA Tour resumes next week at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina where Wesley Bryan will look to defend his title.