80 Years For The Masters !
The 2016 Masters, the first of the four majors, and the 80th year of this event, will be held at Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia from Thursday April 7th to Sunday April 10th with a field of less than 100 players.
The top 3 players in the world at this event are defending champion Jordan Spieth, world number one Jason Day and four time major winner Rory McIlroy and many expect the champion to be one of these three although Augusta is full or surprises.
Day and Spieth won three of the four majors last year, while McIlroy is looking to complete his Grand Slam.
Australian Day is in fine form after winning the Dell Match Play last weekend, beating McIlroy by 1 hole in the semi final and going on the beat Louis Oosthuizen 5 and 4 in the final. McIlroy said of the Masters: “It’s all about Augusta,” and he is quite right as the course will be a major factor in the final outcome.
Although a European has not won the Masters since Olazabal 17 years ago, there are a number of players hoping to make their mark including: Henrik Stenson (5 world ranking), Justin Rose (7 world ranking), Danny Willett, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sergio Garcia, Shane Lowry, Paul Casey, Russell Knox, Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson, Bernd Wiesberger, Rafael Cabrera-Bello and David Lingmerth.
Americans have won 8 of the last 12 events and further American contenders include Bubba Watson, with two Masters wins to his credit, Phil Mickelson with three wins, as well as Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed who are all ranked in the top 10 in the world.
Australian Adam Scott, with two wins under his belt already this season, is also in good form and said of Watson: “I think Bubba is the favourite” after closing him out at the Trump National recently.
The presence of Tiger Woods will be missed as he is recovering from his third back surgery, saying he is “not physically ready” to play golf right now.
Keep your eyes on Amen Corner over the next four days as this is where the tournament will be won and lost with the potential for great golf and ultimately determining who wears the Green Jacket on Sunday evening.