Five Masters Players to Watch

Five Masters Players to Watch

Five Masters Players to Watch

"I wouldn't be fulfilled if I didn't get it". Not for a while now has Spieth looked the player he was during the 2015 season, during which he won two majors.

Four-time major victor McIlroy, trying to complete a career grand slam by winning the Masters, said he felt at the time that turning down Trump's invitation would have been a worse option. There is the spurned widow who haunts the halls of the Partridge Inn, the scorned preacher who cursed the old marketplace on Broad Street and, of course, all those furious old golfers down at Amen Corner, staring at the flags and trying to figure which way the wind is blowing.

But the odds are stacked against him this year as there have only been three back-to-back winners in the tournament's history in Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.

McIlroy has come close to donning the Green Jacket in the past, the prize given to all Masters champions.

Woods, who is absent for the third time in four years due to ongoing back problems, was tied 33rd after an opening 74 in 2005 before surging though the field with scores of 66 and 65 and eventually beating Chris DiMarco in a play-off. The 22-year-old qualified by winning at Torrey Pines in January for his first US PGA Tour title, firing a final-round 65 to go from three shots down to a three-stroke victory. I've spent time in President Trump's company before, and that does not mean that I agree with everything that he says.

Johnson, the newly-ascended world No. 1, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are the three clear favorites for the year's first major championship, though at least two dozen others have a realistic chance of winning if the stars all align at the right time.

Rory McIlroy, 27, has made $35.1 million, and is already the 18th highest earner of all-time.

Thomas was asked if he can needle Spieth about the 12th hole previous year at the Masters, where Spieth put two in the water for a quadruple bogey that cost him a second straight green jacket. Spieth gave it a run in 2014, finishing tied for second. Whether he can avoid repeating such poor scoring in the latter stages of the Masters 2017 tournament will unfold in the coming days. He was more interested talking about the grass that he just put on the greens.

Leading the Aussie charge is world No.3 Jason Day, bolstered by the positive news mother Dening, who had a 3.5cm tumour removed from her left lung in March, will not have to undergo chemotherapy for lung cancer. He arrived in Augusta on the back of a missed cut in Houston.

While the Australians are collectively feeling confident there are a host of others standing in their way, headed by world No.1 Johnson. I've got that many opportunities to go back and really create more great memories on the back nine of Augusta, which we've had in the past on Sunday. "A combination of power, finesse [and] calmness beyond calm".

"I haven't played a lot this year and I haven't played at my best".

"I hope to rely on that knowledge and skill to keep myself in it heading into the weekend, where players less experienced with the golf course will possibly miss it in the wrong spots and shoot themselves out". Turns out Lefty, a two-time Masters champion himself, wasn't far off. [But] yeah, I would liked to have won more.

Granted, this wasn't during tournament play, which Spieth fully acknowledged, but it sure had to feel good to do that with a few people watching.

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth have been friends since they were 14. In his three Masters golf appearances to date, he has never finished outside the top-two.

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