The wait is finally over and after weeks of quality golf, what better way to top it all off than at Augusta National. The Masters is arguably the most prestigious tournament in golf and is one every player is proud to appear in. Most golfers believe winning the British Open at St Andrews ‘The Home Of Golf’ is the best feeling around but as a tournament as a whole, there is nothing quite like the Masters. The atmosphere, the History, the Legends and of course the coveted green jacket all accumulate to a spectacle like no other.
The build up to Thursday’s opening round has stirred up a lot of rumours and most have finally been put to rest the past few days. Tiger Woods has been the main headline in most articles with the former world number 1 leaving it until the last week to announce his appearance. Many had some idea he would participate in the tournament after his Private Jet was seen in a nearby airport. Woods has only played in two events this Calender year and the two events are one’s to forget. He carded his worst ever round as a professional with an 82 at the Phoenix Open and followed that by withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance after 11 holes with Injury. Woods had surgery late last year due to a trapped nerve in his lower back and has yet to find his memorable form since. Even though the 14 time major winner has slowly seen himself slip out of the top 100 for the first time since 1996, he still at a highly rate 28/1 for the outright lead.
Nike Golf unveiled their latest TV advert this week which saw the awe-inspiring journey of Rory Mcilroy from a young fan of Tiger Woods to a mature opponent. The current world number 1 will tee off on Thursday with Three Time Masters champion Phil Mickelson and on form Ryan Moore. Mcilroy’s 2015 season has already seen him win on the European Tour, seen three top ten finishes on both Tours and a missed cut at the Honda Classic earlier this year. Even with this slight inconsistency in his game at the moment, he is still red-hot favourite to win. His game suits Augusta perfectly with his high draw coming in handy on the majority of holes. The length on his drives and his iron shots have always been a big advantage in his game and will be ideal this week if he wants to shoot low. The Northern Irishman admitted this week that the first tee shot at Augusta is the only shot that creates any nerves these days, but nerves could be the difference between winning and finishing second, and in a good way. Many believe keeping calm is essential in golf but with nerves creates adrenaline and a focused mind.