11 days to go until the first major of the year! The Masters is played over four rounds on the world-famous Augusta national with challenging greens and smooth carpet like fairways, but it’s not all happy times as many holes introduce a dispute task. An example of this is the 10th hole which is historically the hardest hole on the course, the 495 yard par 4. Herbet Warren in 1958 gave holes 11-13 a name that has stuck since, ‘Amen Corner’ where the majority of players experience goosebumps just by hearing the name, however it is believed that the 10th hole is now the beginning of the troubling few holes on the back nine.
There are many players going into the Masters but none other than the new world number 1 Tiger Woods who just last week won the Arnold Palmer Invitational open by two shots. Last week was Woods’ 6th win in just 20 starts which helped him substantially to retain the number one spot. Woods was quoted this week that he wanted to win another major and what better major to win than the Masters. Tiger has won 14 majors in the past making him one of the best golfers of all time, could this be his 15th?
Rory Mcilroy is another on to look out for after losing his world number 1 title which could mean he could be going into the tournament with some vengeance! It was believed that Mcilroy would have one more tournament before the Masters which was the Shell Houston Open, but after his second round at the open he announced he would play next week in the Texas open as a warm up for the Masters.
Marcel Siem is on his way to win the Hassan tournament and save himself a spot in the Masters in two weeks time. He went into the tournament looking to do only one thing, to win, and that is what he is going to do as he sees himself 5 shots clear of his closest contender.
I personally would love to see Tiger win his 15th major and overcome all the critics who doubted him after his antics in 2009. He deserves it more than anyone after his current form and determination and is the only one who seems to want to win. However, golf is never that simple, one week you could be shooting under par and then next you could be shooting 6 maybe 7 over par and not even making the cut. This is why I love golf, not just for the amazing atmosphere and incredible history, but for its unpredictable nature where every shot is different with varied outcomes which can leave you begging for mercy or jumping for joy. The feeling you get when you hit a shot as clean as a whistle and holing a putt for a well-earned birdie. Golf is the game of champions and always will be.