Post-Masters feast of birdies and bogeys

Defending Masters' champion Adam Scott, of Australia, helps Defending Masters' champion Adam Scott, of Australia, helps Bubba Watson, left, with his green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. Photo Credit: AP / David J. Phillip

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Now that it is over and official, now that Bubba Watson has put on the green jacket, had dinner with the members and then had another celebration at Waffle House, there are a few final scores to report from the Masters.

BIRDIE: Bubba Watson jumped way ahead of all the one-and-done first-time major winners in recent years, gaining his second major. And he was charmingly emotional with his wife and son. He can be goofy, but he was mature and disciplined when he had to be. Would have given him an eagle if he hadn't groused about having to do so many appearances for his sponsors after his last Masters win.

DOUBLE BOGEY: Television ratings. After all these years, and even though Tiger Woods is not the compellingly dominant force he used to be, pro golf still is a one-star show. If he's not playing, many people just aren't interested.

EAGLE: Jordan Spieth. We might look back and see this as the beginning of something special. Or maybe it was just a nice try by a young guy. Still, he handled it with a stellar blend of ice (under pressure) and fire (expressing himself after bad shots Sunday).

MULLIGAN: Tiger Woods and the sport will have a do-over next year, when it will be 10 years since his most recent Masters triumph (also, Phil Mickelson gets a pass for not having had a fully healthy year). But at some point, everyone must come to terms with the fact Woods won't be around forever.

BIRDIE: Rookies. Record 24 first-timers did fine, two of them tied for second.

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BIRDIE: Oldies. Great week for the Champions Tour, what with strong performances by Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer and senior rookie Miguel Angel Jimenez.

BOGEY: Golfers in their primes, other than Bubba. Weak week for the likes of Dustin and Zach Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner and others who missed the cut. Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar were among those who played on the weekend, but did not rise to the occasion.

BOGEY: Europeans. They dominate the Ryder Cup, but haven't won a green jacket in 15 years.

EAGLE: Golf Channel. After capping a strong week at Augusta with a solid recap Sunday night, it debuted a documentary on Arnold Palmer. Better yet were the features aired during the week: Spieth speaking touchingly about his young teen sister who has a neurological disorder; Scott Hoch ruminating on being known as the guy who blew the Masters by missing a 32-inch putt. "It's a game," Hoch said into the camera, "until you lose a major."

BIRDIE: Augusta National. Even with the course firm and fast (as the players say they like courses, at least until they are actually confronted with those conditions), the place looked plush and green. Made the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt contest a stunning success just by hosting the final.

BOGEY: Augusta's greens. They were too hard and slick, causing all the golfers to play defense Sunday, which ruled out chances of somebody making a big charge.

BIRDIE: Possible upside to people not watching golf in great numbers when Woods isn't on screen -- maybe the public will get out and play golf more.

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