Golf – The Masters
Once again the Masters is fast approaching and it is more hotly contested than ever. The only Golf Major to be played at the same venue every year, it appeals to golf fans who over the years become intoxicated by the familiar holes of the dream snatching ”Amen Corner” and the run-in to the closing finale. Year after year of watching the best players in the world either hold their nerve or crumble under the pressure, every fan has a favourite story attached to it. Tiger Woods jaw-dropping putts or chip-ins, probably a thing of the past but he is (at the time of writing) claiming to be playing this year. Lets hope for Golf he makes it and puts in a good showing.
Last year the Englishman Danny Willett won the Green Jacket and his first ever Major. Whilst Willet played well, Jordan Spieth all but collapsed whilst leading on the final day. Spieth, a previous winner of the Masters definitely has the Big Match Temperament, but even the best can succumb to Augusta and this tournament is seldom won before the last putt on the 18th green. The greens are also notoriously and ridiculously quick. It often seems as if the players are putting down a pane of glass and stopping near the hole is nothing short of a miracle.
So far this year the wins on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour have been spread around quite a bit, with no one really providing an obvious stand out. Dustin Johnson has claimed the Number 1 ranking in the world recently and is definitely a threat and will be up there. It is a layout where accuracy is important and having your putting game on point is even more so. In previous years both of these were DJs achelies heel, but he seems to be able to mould and control his game better these days.
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Some other big names who have already tasted success in 2017 include, Sergio Garcia, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama and Marc Leishman. Any of these could come good and for all but Spieth would be their first Major win. Other notable names with a good chance of winning the event would be Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickleson, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson and the irrepressible 2 time winner Bubba Watson with his new pink golf balls.
South African golfers in the field this year include Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, Ernie Els and Trevor Immelman.
So the excitement builds and we should be in for another humdinger, hopefully with less stupid noises emanating from the crowd this year.
Who is our pick? With the field so wide open we are going to go with our gut and hope that Sergio or Rory can do the business in 2017. Enjoy people…Golf at its Best…