It’s finally here. One of the greatest events on the sporting calendar…the US Masters.
This is the tournament which truly messes with player’s heads and can make professionals look like an everyday hacker.
Amen Corner is arguably the hardest stretch of holes in the world. It includes the approach shot into the 11th, the entire 12th hole and then the tee off on the 13th. Many players have had their prayers unanswered over these three holes.
The US Masters is full of tradition. Each year the tournament starts with legends of the game teeing off. This year Gary Player got us under way and he was followed by the great Jack Nicklaus, while Arnold Palmer watched on.
Australia is full of anticipation heading into the years event. Adam Scott has been hot over the last month and knows what it feels like to have a green blazer on his back. He’s a beautiful playmaker with an almost flawless swing. He can attack the course and at the same time, knows how to fight and grind out a win.
Marc Leishman missed last years Masters to look after his sick wife. She is at 85% health and will be by his side with their two sons as he comes back. Leishman won’t be on the radar as a potential winner, but he’s led here before and won’t be overawed by the occasion. Cam Smith is making his debut this year. He tied for fourth in last years US Open and has plenty of potential. Steven Bowditch returns for his second attempt at Augusta. His short game is as good as it gets and he’ll need it to be working around these treacherous greens.
It’s been 14 years since the number 1 player in the world won the US Masters. That was Tiger Woods back in 2002. With back to back wins, Jason Day comes into the tournament in red hot form.
Rory McIlroy is trying to win his career Grand Slam, Jordan Spieth is the defending champion and Bubba Watson has won twice here and has the perfect game for Augusta.
Form and common sense says this tournament has to be won by either Day, Spieth, McIlroy, Watson or Scott.
Phil Mickelson will be sniffing around like he always does and Rickie Fowler won’t be far from the leader board, with his snapback. If an Australian can’t win, I’d dearly love Sergio Garcia to win. He’s the best player on the tour to not have won a major.
I think there’ll be a two way play off with Day and Watson, with the Aussie coming out on top!
Good luck to Tom Watson in his last US Masters appearance.
Enjoy the lack of sleep and the greatest golf game in the world.