The Masters is one of the most famous competitions in golfing history. It is played over four rounds on the Augusta National golf course with a par 3 competition played on the wednesday before the tournament. The jacket is passed down by the winner from the year before and has been won by some well known golfers like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and many more. But who will win it this year?
The top ten favourites have been named:
1. Tiger Woods 9/2
2. Rory Mcilroy 8/1
3. Phil Mickelson 10/1
4. Brandt Snedeker 16/1
5. Charl Schwartzel 20/1
6. Justin Rose 20/1
7. Adam Scott 25/1
8. Lee Westwood 25/1
9. Luke Donald 25/1
10. Bubba Watson 33/1
But could there be a dark horse in the field that could sneak up on the leaders and pip them to the post? Last years winner, Bubba Watson, was a dark horse himself and took everyone by surprise as his erratic yet niche style of golf came in handy and helped him win. The left hander is well known for his obscure fashion and style of golf and has never been a total success but every now and again he shows us why he is up there with the best.
One of my favourite past winners is my local hero Ian Woosnam. Ian Woosnam use to play at Llanymynech golf club which is also my current club, the only course in Europe to be played in two different countries. The fourth hole is played in both England and Wales, where you drive in Wales and putt out in England. For many years he held the record at the club until recently when the local head green keeper shot an astonishing 6 under par with a round of 64.
The Masters along with the Ryder cup and British open are appreciated by all golfers and all walks of life because of the sheer talent on display as the best of the best come to play some of the best courses around and to show us why they are a cut above the rest.