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The Masters: Rob Lee blogs on his colourful clothing and Jordan Spieth

Features - Rob Lee Posted 15th April 2014 view comments

I had a ball doing Masters Breakfast.

David Howell and Andrew Coltart were my guests and not only do they have a very similar sense of humour, they are also forthright in their opinions on the game of golf, which makes for good TV.

We had great banter in the Shot Centre, too, and out of all the shots that were hit, I would say that Andy probably got the better of myself and David - but I think David deserves a special mention for hitting two tee shots on Augusta's 18th into the right-hand rough!

Rob sported pink trousers on Masters Breakfast - and a good swing, too

Rob sported pink trousers on Masters Breakfast - and a good swing, too

My attire was a popular topic on Twitter, too - especially on the day I wore pink!

You have to wear logo-less clothing and not your usual gear, so as one of the shirts I bought had pink on it, I thought it would be churlish not to go for a pair of trousers to match.

I had positive and negative feedback on my garments and one guy even said it was an outrage that I didn't go whole hog and try to source out a pink visor as well!

Hopeless

Onto the Masters itself and three things really caught my eye.

I most enjoyed playing Augusta's 11th hole in the Shot Centre as it is not an easy drive and is definitely not an easy second shot.

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Firstly, I didn't think Rory McIlroy's course management was up to scratch.

He played good enough golf to win the tournament but let himself down badly in the second round by shooting 77.

He played the par fives in level and considering where he hit his tee shots for most of the week that was pretty hopeless, so he has to improve on that front if he wants to get more victories under his belt.

Secondly, I was impressed with the way Bubba Watson bounced back from a poor third round to collect the Green Jacket, as on Saturday night he looked at sixes and sevens mentally.

And thirdly, I thought Jordan Spieth's performance, as well as the way he carried himself and engaged on the course, was tremendous and showed that he is destined for great things.

Estimations

I have always been a big admirer of Spieth's - every time you chart his progress on a graph he does more - but I ruled out his chances of winning the Masters this year because history suggests you have to know all the nuances of the course to come out on top.

But while he made a couple of errors he might not have made had he been an Augusta veteran - like his second shot at nine and his tee shot at 12 - he was remarkable and has gone up in my estimations once again.

I must also give a mention to Miguel Angel Jimenez, who shot the best round of the week on Sunday - a six-under 66 - to finish fourth and may yet become Europe's oldest-ever Ryder Cup player at Gleneagles later this year.

Miguel is unique - but no-one can say he has got it wrong because he is as nimble and lithe as ever and his appetite for the game has not diminished as much as a per cent.

Plus, Lee Westwood should be pleased with his week's work in Augusta as he was exceptional from tee to green and if he is so again at the US Open at Pinehurst in June, I will put some money on him to win it.

ROB'S SKY BET TIPS

Lee Westwood is the 9/1 favourite with Sky Bet for the Malaysian Open and while he may get quite tired in the heat in Kuala Lumpur he is back on with his swing and should fend off the likes of Louis Oosthuizen, Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero. Over at the RBC Heritage, meanwhile, I am going for Jordan Spieth to back up his great play at The Masters and win his second PGA Tour event. He's a 14/1 shot.

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