The first major championship of 2015, the Masters, is in the books. Jordan Spieth, 21, started strong last Thursday and never looked back on his way to a record-tying victory at Augusta National.
Here's a look at five surprises from the final day of the Masters.
5. The lack of a Sunday charge
Why?: Maybe it was because Jordan Spieth picked the course apart with the precision of a surgeon and just refused to make a mistake. Did that take the wind out of the sails for everyone else who -- outside of maybe Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose really late -- had to know they were playing for second?
It couldn't have been the difficulty of the course set up. Based on scoring average, Sunday's 70.9091 was the easiest Augusta National played all week -- more than a full stroke under par.
I'm playing this one on Spieth's extraordinary play, but this Masters Sunday just lacked drama, particularly on the back nine. Surely that's not how Spieth felt as he chased down his first major.
But, whenever someone made even a mini rally, Spieth answered with a birdie of his own, or a clutch par putt.
Is that drama? In fairness, I suppose it is since Spieth had to answer the bell. But since he answered it every time, Sunday's back nine felt like a forgone conclusion instead of the "grab the popcorn and don't leave your seat" kind we've seen so many times before.
4. The incredible leaderboard
Why?: Seeing as the majors are the four most difficult tournaments to win, logic would suggest that the leaderboard should reflect that. However, it doesn't always work out that way.
Anyone who is on the first page of the final scoreboard has no doubt earned it, so I'm not taking anything away from those who have done so without possessing a household name.
But this final Masters scoreboard? It was crazy good.
Spieth is your winner and the names Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Casey, Ian Poulter, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson and Louis Oosthuizen are all among the top-19 finishers.
Now that, friends, is a loaded major leaderboard.
3. The Tiger Woods post-round interview
Why?: This should probably be filed more under the category of "weird" than "surprise" but even still, I'm including it.
In an otherwise glowingly positive week for Woods on a competitive (T17 after a two-month layoff, who saw that coming?) and human level (hugs all around, signing autographs for fans, taking the kids out for the Par 3 Contest), he left Augusta National Sunday evening after one of the strangest live interviews I've ever seen.
It's not uncommon for Tiger to lose us in interviews with cliches like, "it's a process," or head-scratching comments about "glutes activating," or confusion while talking about, "getting stuck between swing patterns."
But Sunday night took the peach cobbler as the strangest, most outlandish words we've ever heard from Tiger on live TV.
Woods appeared to hurt himself with an approach shot on the ninth hole when he hit a root a split-second after impact. He immediately reached for his right wrist. It looked painful.
Twitter was abuzz and the overriding theme seemed to be, "Why? We finally get a healthy Tiger Woods. He's got his game together in a major. And now this?"
Woods would finish the round -- a 1-over 73 -- and didn't show any signs of pain the rest of the way.
So, as he should, CBS reporter Bill Macatee implored. He wanted to know what happened when Woods hit the root.
That's when Woods served up the most unbelievable answer I've ever heard.
"A bone kinda popped out, joint went out of place, but I put it back in," said Woods.
"Really?" said a stunned (like the rest of us watching) Macatee, opening the door for Woods to maybe dial back this preposterous claim.
"Yeah," said Woods, who wasn't budging.
"Wow, OK," Macatee said (click here to see that portion of the interview in case you missed it).
Here's to hoping there are no ill effects for Woods. But, the self-diagnosis was odd.
That was just strange... and surprising since it looked, otherwise, like a week of reform for Woods.
2. Phil Mickelson ties for second... again
Why?: Phil Mickelson should leave Augusta National over the moon about his performance.
Sure, at this stage in his career, Mickelson only cares about winning -- especially when it comes to the majors. You don't become a five-time major champion with any other mindset.
But like the rest of the field, Mickelson ran into a buzzsaw at Augusta National. There's no reason to be discouraged and he knows that even if there is a little sting with collecting a 10th runner-up finish in a major.
All that aside, and the reason he was a surprise at Augusta National, where in the world did this come from?
Mickelson hadn't had a single top-10 finish on the PGA Tour prior to the Masters. In fact, his only top-10 finish over the last two seasons was a runner-up showing last August in the PGA Championship.
Surely he wants to contend every time he tees it up, but it's been clear for a long time now that the majors just bring out the best in Mickelson. Isn't it that way for all the greats?
In the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay this June, Mickelson has his second chance to complete the career grand slam. You're nuts if you don't think he has that week circled on the calendar.
1. Jordan Spieth's record-tying victory
Why?: It sounds insane to say it isn't all that surprising that the 21-year-old Spieth won the Masters, but it's the truth. He earned the right to be a tournament favorite and he delivered. In his only other Masters appearance a year ago, Spieth was a runner up. He improved on that and, in so doing, slipped into his first green jacket.
What's surprising about the win is the way Spieth did it. He set a 36-hole and 54-hole scoring record. He tied the 72-hole scoring record initially set by Tiger Woods in 1997 at 18-under 270. He became just the fifth player in Masters history to win in wire-to-wire fashion.
All in all, Spieth was just dominant throughout the week -- even when it would have been easy to shake in the shoes a little when names like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy were all making a run on Saturday. Spieth was composed and stuck to his plan. He didn't get ahead of himself.
Unlike many young prodigies (see Sergio Garcia), Spieth never has to live with the annoyance that comes with being labeled "best player never to have won a major." Now, for Spieth, it's all about adding to the legacy.
A fearless, yet composed, 21-year-old who already has a major in his back pocket?
All evidence suggests this is just the start for Spieth.
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The final round of the Masters always promises drama.
We haven't had to wait long for it on this Masters Sunday. We showed you the Jimmy Walker bunker hole-out earlier, a magnificent approach from Bubba Watson to set up a short eagle and now there's this from Hunter Mahan:
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 12, 2015
The video doesn't do much justice to just how slick that pitch actually is from behind the par-3 fourth hole.
Mahan, with perfect touch, got it to drop for an unlikely birdie.
The birdie put Mahan to 2 under for the day, but he went on to bogey the next two holes.
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