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A closer look AT THE CONTENDERS.....

JASON DAY Best at Augusta: T-2 (2011)
"Jason is the No. 1 putter on tour, and he hits it long and high. He's perfect for Augusta." . . . "There isn't a spot on that course where he's going to be uncomfortable." . . . "What he doesn't need is a windy Masters. His ball flight is too high when the wind is swirling. Plus, he's always sick. He wants to win Augusta so bad it pretty much guarantees he'll be sick that week. He's like Tiger in that respect—there's always something wrong with him." . . . "He hasn't quite learned to play the golf course correctly. You can't just play all out, and he seems to do that a bit too much. There isn't a pin he doesn't think he can get at, but you have to have the discipline to not go right at some of them because your misses are so magnified there. But he'll learn, and I think he'll eventually win." . . . "The only thing that hurts Jason is that he doesn't seem to have a half-shot. Everything is full tilt." . . . "He just hasn't put it all together in one week there, and the game is filled with guys who did that, be it Tom Weiskopf or Ernie Els. Not saying Jason won't win. But the longer he waits, the harder it gets." . . . "He maybe wants it too badly." . . . "He has great patience. I just wish he would do it faster. I mean, the guy wears out everyone else's patience." “The only thing that hurts Jason is that he doesn’t seem to have a half-shot. everything is full tilt.”

RICKIE FOWLER Best at Augusta: T-5 (2014)
"Rickie seems to have a textbook game for the Masters. If you can win at Sawgrass, you can move the ball both ways. And he can finish well. So he's not afraid of the big situation. But his putting is the weak link, like so many of the leading players other than Jordan." . . . "The problem is his chipping. He's a little flippy at the bottom. Hitting to greens that don't give him much margin for error, that leads to a lot of bogeys if he isn't holing out from 15 feet all day. At Augusta, you have to be comfortable chipping into the grain, and I just don't think Rickie is. When you take the little bump-and-run shot away from him, he looks a little lost." . . . "He's starting to put double bogeys back on his card, and I thought he'd gotten over that when he went to Butch. He's overly aggressive at the wrong times. Bogeys aren't bad sometimes, but double bogeys—and then you press some more. Bad combo."

SERGIO GARCIA Best at Augusta: T-4 (2004)
"The irony is that, ball-striking-wise, Sergio is suited to Augusta more than anyone other than Bubba. Sergio hits it both ways. He can hit the draw off the tee and the fade into the greens. He plays old-school golf. But he's talked himself out of winning there. He clearly hates the place. He's beaten before he gets to the first tee. His putting weakness is a problem, of course. As Ernie showed, you can be exposed on the first hole of the Masters. [Els six-putted the opening hole in 2016.] The same could happen to Sergio. Three-footers in the Masters are as stressful as 10-footers on other courses. If you miss, you're going to be as far away again. And to hole them properly, you have to risk having an eight-footer coming back. Sergio's worried about the next one, so he doesn't hit the first one very well." . . . "He sees it as a tricked-up course, one they would never build today. But he should like it more than he does. The most striking aspect of the course is that the shape asked off the tee is so often the opposite of the approach shot. That should suit Sergio. But he can't get his head out of his arse." . . . "His history in the majors only compounds his bad mood when he plays in the Masters. It's a shame. He has everything, all the shots. And now he's putting just fine. But his attitude is awful at Augusta. He can't escape his past there, especially when he's reminded of some of the things he has said." [After a third-round 75 at the 2012 Masters, Garcia said, "I'm not good enough . . . I don't have the thing I need to have. . . . I've come to the conclusion that I need to play for second or third place . . . in any major."] . . . "He doesn't handle adversity well, and yet he's been a pretty good U.S. Open player. I think he's just fed up with trying and coming up short." . . . "I think he'll win a major, but I don't think it will be the Masters. Some people turn up and relish the prospect. Others dread it, and Sergio is one of those."

BRANDEN GRACE Best at Augusta: T-18 (2013)
"Someone like Branden, even though he drives it so well, has little or no chance to win. He simply hits the ball too low, both off the tee and with his irons." . . . "He shapes his shots left to right. He's likely to be exposed by that. It's a massive disadvantage to be up the right side on, say, 10. It's like a half-shot penalty. The same is true at 13 and 14. Holes where a 20-yard draw gives you a big advantage, he's going to be found out. And you can't see him stopping a long-iron second to the 15th green."

DUSTIN JOHNSON Best at Augusta: T-4 (2016)
"It looks like someone told him he doesn't have all the shots to win at Augusta, and he hasn't actually realized that he does. The only nitpick I see is, his right hand rides a little high when he's putting. Under pressure, that can lead to taking the club back closed and having to make a compensation coming through." . . . "The low cut shot doesn't work at Augusta, but the high cut can. So someone like Dustin Johnson can compete there. He hits it way high and can hold balls into the slopes if it happens to get hard and fast." . . ."His biggest problem is his caddie [brother Austin]. At Augusta, you have to really be on your toes. And he's not that experienced there. So I do wonder if they have any idea strategically on the ultimate strategic course. He has already gone for way too many flags." . . . "He misses so many of those 10-footers that inevitably you're going to have there, but maybe he overcomes that for one week. Sometimes, a 10-footer for par is the best you're going to get. Tiger lived on making 10-footers when he had to." . . . "People don't give Dustin enough credit for his putting. I think he putts it pretty decently. He misses some, but his speed is usually not too far off." . . . "It's obvious what holds back Dustin Johnson: nothing. It's just hard to win majors." “The low cut shot doesn’t work at Augusta, but the high cut can. So someone like Dustin Johnson can compete there.”

ZACH JOHNSON Best at Augusta: 1 (2007)
"It would take a perfect storm of circumstances for a Zach Johnson to win again. A three-to-four-club difference into those greens is too much to overcome."

SMYLIE KAUFMAN Best at Augusta: T-29 (2016)
"He played in the final group last year when the course was a lot harder than when Jordan killed it in 2015. I like his game, but his development is a little behind the curve of the others in his age group. Nothing wrong with that. Just give him more time." Smylie Kaufman was just a stroke behind leader Jordan Spieth after 54 holes last year before shooting a final-round 81.

MARTIN KAYMER Best at Augusta: T-31 (2014)
"Basically he won with putting at Pinehurst [2014 U.S. Open], and he'd have to do the same thing in the Masters because his driving isn't as good as some of the other top players." . . . "Maybe the worst chipper out there."

RUSSELL KNOX Best at Augusta: Cut as rookie (2016)
"He hits it only 285 yards off the tee. That isn't an advantage at Augusta, but it isn't the end of the world, either, if only because he hits it so straight. I'm not sure he putts nearly well enough to even contend at Augusta, never mind win. Because the greens there are so fast, the hole is, in effect, smaller. Look at how many times we see crazy lip-outs there. Not good for guys who putt like Russell."

MATT KUCHAR Best at Augusta: T-3 (2012)
"There's always someone playing better than him. There's nothing bad about his game, but nothing that makes him particularly well-suited to Augusta, either. It's hard to imagine him beating everyone on that course."

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA Best at Augusta: 5 (2015)
He carries the weight of a nation, a bit like Adam Scott used to do for Australia. Can he manage the expectations? That's a hard way to play." . . . "Matsuyama's putting stroke is too slow. It lacks pace. He takes it back too far and too slowly. So there's a built-in deceleration. You can't hit it well enough at Augusta to make up for bad putting."

RORY MCILROY Best at Augusta: 4 (2015)
"I look at this year as sort of a free pass when everyone is going to be talking about Spieth, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Dustin and Jason Day. That said, I would always put Rory in the top 10 even coming off an injury." . . . "Any injury is serious when you swing a stick and hit a ball. Sometimes those rib injuries tend to linger." . . . "Rory goes at the ball so hard. I'm not sure the body is meant to be going at shots with that sort of violence." . . . "When he's not injured, he always seems to be on the edge of being injured. Part of the problem is this mania for power in the modern game." . . . "There's a link between Rory and Tiger. I'm convinced Tiger's body broke down because he overdid it in the gym. He shortened his career by 10 years—at least. I've never seen any of the heavier guys injured. I'm not sure any of the gym rats will have great longevity." . . . "If he's fully healed in time, this will be a good thing for him. He won't have to over-think his preparation or how he's playing. It takes a little pressure off him with all the talk about the career Grand Slam, etc. Down deep, he knows what he's playing for, and he's probably been thinking about it the last few years. But now I think he'll be more relaxed and could come in with a different mind-set entirely." . . . "Rory can't win there because he's a below-average putter. He has been his whole career, and not too many of them win at Augusta National. He's been streaky-good at times, but he's had one good putting week in the past two years. You can talk all you like about Rory winning the Masters, but that depends on him having his best putting week ever. And it has to happen at Augusta National. Really?" . . . "You have to putt well every day to win there, and Rory hasn't done that yet. But he is getting better through his work with Phil Kenyon, who is a brilliant putting coach." . . . "Rory's speed control is sometimes dodgy. It isn't something you can easily learn, either. You can work on mechanics and produce an efficient stroke, but speed control is innate, and Augusta is the ultimate test of that." . . . "Rory just got away from what he was doing as a kid with his putting technique. He came out as this amazing young player, and he was successful and then he said, 'You know what? I'm going to start dragging the handle toward the cup with my putting stroke.' That's the Stockton thing with the forward press and drag the handle, instead of the release method he was using. Either one works, but not when you've been doing one your whole life and then you go to the other. Why did he do that?" . . . "When he gets into trouble he's tempted to try to get out of it with one swing. You can't do that in the Masters. The course can make you feel like you can be a hero, but all too often you end up with a big old black eye." . . . "Whatever happened to him in 2012 [a 77-76 finish], maybe that's just stuck in his head." . . . "Rory is an in-and-out chipper, and his clubbing is suspect at times. How often do you see him and [caddie J.P. Fitzgerald] looking at each other in shock after his ball has finished 20 yards over the back?" . . . "If you listen to them on the course, you often hear Rory asking, 'What happened there?' More than once I've heard J.P. saying something like, 'OK, hit a soft draw with a 6-iron off that tree.' And I've immediately thought, This ball is going over the green. And sure enough, it does. So you have to wonder. I see Rory up close only occasionally, and I know he's going to hit the ball over the green when his caddie clearly doesn't. It makes no sense." . . . "Rory needs someone to tell him what he needs to hear, not what he wants to hear." . . . "Why he doesn't employ Billy Foster is a mystery. Rory would have 10 majors by now if he did. Of course, we know what Rory is like. He's as stubborn as anyone on tour. The more people tell him that J.P. is not the right caddie for him, the more he'll keep him on." “You can talk all you like about Rory winning the masters, but that depends on him having his best putting week ever. and it has to happen at Augusta National. Really?”

PHIL MICKELSON Best at Augusta: 1 (2004, 2006, 2010)
"Phil's notes for Augusta are 100 pages thick. He contends because he knows every inch of the golf course. But he also has imagination for the chipping and the putting required around there, and all the notes in the world aren't going to help you if you can't handle the tough shots around the greens that everyone has to face eventually." . . . "Billy Foster caddied for Seve, but he reckons Phil is the better chipper. That's good enough for me. And Phil is phenomenal out of bunkers." . . . "Phil is the ultimate for chipping at Augusta. He's far and away the most accomplished." . . . "Phil has some issues with his body that I'm not sure we fully appreciate—the arthritis thing is still there. On the course, the 'hero' potential is too often too much for him to deal with. He lives for shots like the one he hit from the pine straw at the 13th [in his 2010 Masters win]. But they don't come off too often. There's always the potential for disaster with Phil. And at Augusta, that's a thin line." . . . "There isn't a shot he won't try. There also isn't a shot he hasn't seen at Augusta. He hasn't lost his nerve, either."

LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN Best at Augusta: 2 (2012)
"Louis should win every time he tees it up. He has the best swing out there. But it comes down to how interested he is. He knows what he wants to do when he finishes playing, and he is, in a very quiet way, trying to get there. Golf for him is not everything. And, yet again, putting is his weakness. That, and a mind that tends to wander. Neither of which works too well at Augusta."

JON RAHM Best at Augusta: Rookie
"Perfect for Augusta. High hooks—the opposite of Bubba's high slices." . . . "I haven't seen him play away from too many pins, and that sort of aggression can get you into trouble, especially on the water holes."

PATRICK REED Best at Augusta: T-22 (2015)
"His biggest handicap is actually his familiarity with the place [Reed played at Augusta State] and his expectation level. He knows he should play well because he's been around there so often. But I think he turns his shots too hard from right to left. He doesn't have a controlled draw. So he's never completely sure where the ball is going to finish."

JUSTIN ROSE Best at Augusta: T-2 (2015)
"Putting is his Achilles' heel. He hits the ball like a world-beater. With putting, you have to feel it and see it and visualize it. And none of those things come out of a computer. But that's the [instructor] Sean Foley way." . . . "Justin is yet another guy who gets better the farther he is from the hole. He was the other way around as a kid. He's mentally strong. But majors are such a big deal now, and he's one who tries too hard. He puts too much importance on them, especially the Masters because of the long build-up, which is why we see some of the top guys have complete nightmares at majors now and then." . . . "When you first get into majors you treat them pretty much like any event. You pitch up on Monday, play a couple of practice rounds and go for it. But when you start contending in them and even winning, the tendency is to put too much importance on them. And nowhere is that more true than at Augusta. Guys just make it too big a deal. Justin and Rickie have certainly fallen into that trap. Their expectations are off the charts."

ADAM SCOTT Best at Augusta: 1 (2013)
"Adam hits the ball as well as anyone, but he doesn't spin the ball an amazing amount. Rory, Dustin, Jason and Bubba all spin the ball a lot. So Adam's not a guy who can stop a 5-iron really quickly. That can be important at Augusta, where you can sometimes have shots over 200 yards to incredibly small targets. As for Adam's putting, he was a good putter for a long time. But now he just seems worn out by having birdie putts roll over the edge so much of the time. And that happens a lot at Augusta. Plus, his short game isn't as good as Jason's or Jordan's. There isn't a hole at Augusta that he can't play well tee to green, but his putting does get exposed. When someone's weakness is putting, it's hard to pick out a hole at Augusta where they're always going to struggle. It could be anywhere."

JORDAN SPIETH Best at Augusta: 1 (2015)
"Jordan's only weakness is what happened last year [the final-round quadruple-bogey 7 after hitting two balls into the water at the 12th hole]. It has to be in his head. Every eye is going to be on him, and he'll be aware of that." . . . "That is such a hard shot. I've hit the ball in the water there once in 30 to 40 tournament rounds, and it was tough the time after I did it. It's especially hard if your miss is to the right under pressure, which is the case for many modern right-handers. There are a lot more blocks than hooks these days." . . . "Olazabal was the classic example of someone made for Augusta. Rubbish off the tee. Great iron player. Wonderful putter. That's Spieth." . . . "All he has to do is put the ball in play off the tee. From there, he can play that course as well as anyone. Perhaps his only weakness is that his bad shots are really, really bad. His misses are off the planet. But so were Tiger's early in his career, and he did OK in the Masters. Besides, Augusta is not a 'chip-out' course." . . . "Jordan gets exposed a little because of his relative lack of length. He's prone to stretches where he doesn't hit many good shots. In every four-day event, he's likely to have one off-day." . . . "Jordan isn't afraid to take on different shots. He isn't afraid to hit a bump-and-run if he has to hit that shot. Everyone else just takes out their 60 or 62 and hits a flop shot of some kind and throws it up in the air." . . . "Spieth is such a great chipper. First time there you can see guys chipping off the first green 20 times. But he never did that." . . . "Someone like Jordan can walk more freely at Augusta because he doesn't worry so much about the short putts. He never thinks about the next putt because he assumes this one is going in. The others—even if they're holing out well—are just more anxious." . . . "Pure striking doesn't necessarily get rewarded at Augusta. Hitting the ball less than perfectly puts less spin on shots, and that works better more often than not. Guys who hit solid shots can see their balls spin back off the greens. And when that happens a few times, their confidence is shot. Spieth doesn't hit the ball nearly as well as, say, Day or Rory or Henrik." . . . "If Jordan's putting is anything other than hot, he has no chance. And he can't hoist irons high in the air like Rory can." . . . "I've never seen a better putter than Jordan. As a whole package, he's amazing. How do you explain how he holes from 25 feet so often? No one else is close. His speed control is incredible. Virtually every putt is traveling at exactly the right speed, which is huge at Augusta. That's a massive weapon." “Jordan’s only weakness is what happened last year,” a quadruple-bogey 7 at the 12th hole.••

HENRIK STENSON Best at Augusta: T-14 (2014)
"Henrik is another guy who will never putt well enough to win the Masters. He's putted well enough to win one major. So has Adam Scott. And when they win, everyone thinks they're going to win every major. But they've done it only once." . . . "Henrik is a great ball-striker, but he needs to hit more drivers to take full advantage of that. He's a 3-wood guy. He averages about 290 yards off the tee. That is such a waste. You can't look at him and say, 'He's my pick for Augusta.' I'd put him in the same category with Adam and Justin Rose. They have all putted well enough to win one major." . . . "The best ball-striker in golf, maybe, but definitely not the best short game. And you're going to have to chip it and make a bunch of four-, six-, eight-footers. Just not a guy I would pick to win." . . . "He might ball-strike the place to death and win, but since they changed it, I have yet to see anyone ball-strike Augusta into submission. They just don't allow it." . . . "He tends to do better on courses where the greens are not like concrete or super burned out, so he feels free to stroke the ball rather than 'hope' the ball. But he can do it anywhere. When he won the Players [in 2009], the greens were almost dead and really fast. So if the greens get so tough that no one is making anything, his chances of success increase. Holding him back, too, is that he clearly doesn't enjoy the golf course. Like Sergio, his inherent dislike of the place is a problem."

JUSTIN THOMAS Best at Augusta: T-39 (2016)
"Well, he's only 23, but there's a big difference between winning the odd PGA Tour event and winning the Masters. Don't get me wrong, four wins, and three here pretty recently, a 59 on the board, he's obviously playing very well." . . . "Justin seems to have a scoring gear he just sort of discovered. Or grew into." . . . "He appears made for the Masters, but we've seen a lot of great players who were made for the Masters who didn't win it. He certainly looks like he has all the tools—length, explosion at the ball (which is incredible), he's proven he can go low, and he obviously has a good head on his shoulders. Augusta is just a different animal, though. Does he have the touch to manage the short shots? That will be important. But with his length he can make up for that with great approaches. You can set yourself up to score with ball-striking."

JIMMY WALKER Best at Augusta: T-8 (2014)
"Jimmy Walker's obvious weakness is that when he gets a little loose, the ball goes left. But now that he's won a major, there's no reason why he can't contend at Augusta. He hits it plenty high." . . . "When I think of some ugly short games, Jimmy Walker comes to mind. He doesn't appear comfortable chipping anywhere he plays."

BUBBA WATSON Best at Augusta: 1 (2012, 2014)
"Bubba is such an unconventional player that he turns out being the perfect guy for Augusta National. First, of course, is that he pounds it, and he can be as long as he chooses to be. But then the way he moves it around and curves the ball, does all those little shots, it's just the best playground for his imagination." . . . "He doesn't get bored there. He loves the course—and we all know how much that means to Bubba." . . . "His preferred shot is perfect for Augusta, apart from the tee shots at the first and 18; 7, too—the holes where he has to hit a straight one off the tee." . . . "He has the most magical short game in golf. He has the most touch, the most imagination. And he likes the challenge of that. Being creative is his game." . . . "There's no shot Bubba can't hit, but he has to hit the appropriate shot at the time. But he can afford to be patient, because if it's not this shot, then it's the next, when he can use his ability to the fullest and do something to set himself up to score." . . . "Bubba's short game is really good, but sometimes he can get a lie that he can't maneuver because he tends to be steep on chip shots, and if it's too tight he might stick it." . . . "Which player has the most/least patience at Augusta? The answer to both is Bubba Watson. Seriously." . . . "Bubba's problem is not knowing which Bubba will show up. If he gets going early, he's fine. But if he has to grind to find something, he throws in the towel, which is odd."

LEE WESTWOOD Best at Augusta: 2 (2010), T-2 (2016)
"Lee does OK at Augusta because he accepts the chip he has to play. He never gets too fancy. He plays to his strength, which is hitting lots of greens. And if he does that, he doesn't have to chip very often, maybe three times a day. Besides, he's better than he used to be. I'd say he's just below average now." “Lee does OK at Augusta because he accepts the chip he has to play. He never gets too fancy.”

DANNY WILLETT Best at Augusta: 1 (2016)
"He has nothing to prove now that he's won the Masters, but he needs to hit the ball higher if he wants to contend in all conditions. Nothing seems to bother him, though. So you never know. He played great [winning in 2016]. And then when his whole world changed as he stood on the 16th tee, he never batted an eye. That was impressive." . . . "He seems to have been on a celebration tour since he won at Augusta."

With thanks to lewisham ranger  • April 2, 2017 11:32 PM BST 
http://www.golfdigest.com/story/who-can-and-who-cant-win-the-masters-and-why
brilliant piece. best exposition I've read about what it's like to play the masters.
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Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 1, 2018 11:41 AM BST
Had a dream last night, that PAUL DUNNE (Ire) won the Masters Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 1, 2018 11:43 AM BST
Hopefully Paul had the same sweet dreams !!!
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 2, 2018 12:11 PM BST
Was expecting to see a “POULTER wins the MASTERS” thread tbh
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 2, 2018 12:13 PM BST
Guess April first is over
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 2, 2018 6:55 PM BST
With back-to-back wins at The MASTERS for Willett & Garcia - IS this the rebirth for EUROPEAN WINNERS

Just like those great years in the 1980's (and right thru to 1999, after 'break through' wins for Seve 80+83 & Langer in '85) when Sandy Lyle (1988) started a European run of 8-wins-in-12-years, then 89&90 Sir Nick, 91 Woosie (4-in-a-row), 93+94 Langer & José María, 96 Sir Nick & 99 José María (with 11 Green Jackets). and thanks to Gary Player for breaking-the-ice in 61+74+78.

Europe do 3-in-a-row ???

TOP EUROPEAN Betting...
Rory McIlroy 10/3    7/2    100/30    7/2    10/3    10/3    21/20
Justin Rose 9/2    9/2    9/2    9/2    9/2    9/2    20/21
Jon Rahm 15/2    15/2    15/2    15/2    13/2    15/2    20/21
Paul Casey 7    15/2    7    15/2    7     15/2    20/21
Sergio Garcia 15/2    9    9    9    10    9    20/21
Henrik Stenson 12    11    12    15    10    12    20/21
Alex Noren 12    12    12    16    12    14    20/21
Tommy Fleetwood 12    12    12    16    12     12    20/21
Ian Poulter 14    16    16    22    18    14      20/21
Thomas Pieters 20    18    18    22    18    18    20/21
Tyrrell Hatton 16    20    20    22    22    18    20/21
Matthew Fitzpatrick 30    33    33    35    33    33    20/21
Rafael Cabrera Bello 25    28    25    35    25    25    20/21
Francesco Molinari 40    40    40    40    33     40    20/21
Ross Fisher 45    50    40    50    40    40    20/21
Martin Kaymer 50    60    50    50     40      50    20/21
Bernd Wiesberger 60    70    50    60    50    50    20/21
Danny Willett 100    100    50    60    50    50    20/21
Bernhard Langer 110    150    100    100     80     125    20/21
Harry Ellis 200    300    125    100    125     200    20/21
Jose Maria Olazabal 300    500    250    100     125     400    20/21
Ian Woosnam 400    500    400    100    500    20/21
Sandy Lyle 400    500    400    100    400    20/21
Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 2, 2018 11:07 PM BST
WHO WINS THE MASTERS...

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/980872408138698753

Devil
Report THEMONEYSHOT April 2, 2018 11:39 PM BST
Butch ! Laugh
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 3, 2018 12:54 AM BST
POD not playing Tongue Out
Report therhino April 3, 2018 8:22 AM BST

Apr 2, 2018 -- 11:07PM, Catch Me ifyoucan wrote:


WHO WINS THE MASTERS...https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/980872408138698753


He is very good!

Report xmoneyx April 3, 2018 10:58 AM BST
everyone brilliant , but I don't think he nailed tiger
Report kincsem April 3, 2018 2:00 PM BST
The top 19 ?

Patrick Cantlay
Paul Casey
Bryson Dechambeau
Tony Finau
Tommy Fleetwood
Rickie Fowler
Sergio Garcia
Dustin Johnson
Rory McIlroy
Alex Noren
Jon Rahm
Patrick Reed
Jordan Spieth
Brendan Steele
Henrik Stenson
Justin Thomas
Bubba Watson
Gary Woodland
Tiger Woods
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 3, 2018 5:46 PM BST
Sergio Garcia Champions Dinner Menu...

http://www.masters.com/en_US/watch/2018-04-02/152271510535797.html

Looks like its an International Salad, followed by LOBSTER Paella and an Ice cream trio.
Report Insideshrewdie April 4, 2018 12:47 PM BST
Wine looks good!

Golf.com ...Vegas expert tips

http://www.golf.com/tour-news/2018/03/29/innovative-system-and-vegas-expert-have-identified-years-masters-champion

Sporting life Ben Coley

https://www.sportinglife.com/golf/news/the-masters:-specials-preview/145586
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 4, 2018 7:15 PM BST
ROLL ON 2018 andA great start for Dustin earlier today - after he successfully negotiated the step up to the front door.....of his rented bungalow.
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THE SUNDAY NIGHT HORROR SHOW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uJ-1wGNK7g
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AT THE OFF...

Jordan Spieth 9    9    10    10    10    10    10    8    9    9    10
Justin Thomas 11    10    11    11    11    11    11    10    11    10    54/5
Rory McIlroy 10    10    10    10    11    11    10    10    10    11    54/5
Dustin Johnson 12    12    12    12    12    12    12    11    12    12    71/5
Tiger Woods 14    14    14    14    12    12    14    14    14    11    76/5
Justin Rose 14    11    12    14    12    12    14    14    12    12    76/5
Phil Mickelson 16    16    16    18    16    16    16    14    18    16    19
Bubba Watson 16    16    16    16    16    16    16    18    16    20    22
Jason Day 18    18    18    16    16    16    18    16    18    20    22
Paul Casey 22    22    22    22    22    22    22    22    20    22    27
Rickie Fowler 25    20    25    25    25    25    25    22    25    25    29
Jon Rahm 25    20    25    25    25    25    25    20    22    28    31
Hideki Matsuyama 33    28    28    30    28    28    33    25    30    25    29
Sergio Garcia 30    28    28    33    25    25    33    25    28    25    39
Henrik Stenson 40    40    33    40    40    40    33    35    35    40    47
Alexander Noren 45    40    40    45    45    45    50    45    45    50    51
Matt Kuchar 40    33    40    40    40    40    40    45    40    40    56
Tommy Fleetwood 45    33    40    45    40    40    40    45    45    50    51
Patrick Reed 50    40    50    50    45    45    50    55    45    50    61
Ian Poulter 55    50    50    50    50    50    40    50    60    50    70
Louis Oosthuizen 50    50    50    60    50    50    66    50    60    50    70
Marc Leishman 55    50    50    50    55    55    50    55    55    50    70
Adam Scott 60    50    50    55    50    50    66    45    55    66    80
Thomas Pieters 66    50    66    66    55    55    66    70    70    66    75
Patrick Cantlay 66    66    66    66    60    60    80    60    66    80    80
Tyrrell Hatton 75    66    66    70    70    70    80    66    70    66    104
Bryson Dechambeau 90    60    80    70    70    70    80    70    80    100    94
100's bar
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Jordan Spieth 15/2    15/2    13/2    7    13/2    13/2    7    6    6    6    36/5
Henrik Stenson 9    8    8    8    8    8    8    8    8    9    19/2
Rory McIlroy 7    15/2    7    7    13/2    13/2    7    8    8    13/2    7

Phil Mickelson 14    16    16    20    16    16    16    12    16    14    83/5
Justin Rose 18    16    16    16    18    22    16    16    11    16    22
Dustin Johnson 22    22    18    25    20    20    20    16    25    20    23
Rickie Fowler 28    20    22        28    28    25    16    22    22    27
Justin Thomas 28    25    25    25    25    25    25    25    22    22    28
Tiger Woods 25    22    20    25    25    25    25    20    30    20    31
Marc Leishman 25    25    22    20    25    25    25    22    30    25    33
Jon Rahm 28    30    20    33    33    25    33    18    22    28    28
Bubba Watson 25    28    25    28    33    33    33    35    16    28    37
Patrick Reed 16    16    18    20    22    22    16    22    20    20    26
Tommy Fleetwood 40    33    33    33    35    35    40    40    20    28    43
Hideki Matsuyama 40    50    40    40    40    40    40    35    40    33    51
66's bar
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 6, 2018 1:09 AM BST
Last 12 Masters Champions were in the T10 after Day 1.


SPIETH
FINAU
KUCHAR
STENSON
REED
HOFFMAN
HADWIN
MCILROY
CABRERA BELLO
Devil

T11 WIESBERGER Z.JOHNSON LEISHMAN MICKELSON FOWLER

T16 SINGH KODAIRA SMITH SCHAUFFELE OOSTHUIZEN.
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Jordan Spieth  2 2    2    15/8    15/8    15/8    15/8    2    17/10    2    15/8    2
Rory McIlroy 11/2    5    11/2    9/2    5    5    5    11/2    11/2    5    11/2
Matt Kuchar 16    14    16    16    16    16    16    14    14    14    88/5
Henrik Stenson 16    16    16    16    18    18    16    16    14    14    88/5
Patrick Reed 25    25    25    28    25    25    25    25    20    25    29
Tony Finau 33    33    33    33    33    33    28    28    25    28    37
Rafael Cabrera Bello 33    40    33    40    33    33    40    35    40    40    47
Charley Hoffman 40    45    50    40    40    40    40    40    33    40    51
Adam Hadwin 50    55    50    50    50    50    50    45    40    40    61

+
Phil Mickelson 14    14    14    16    14    14    14    12    14    16    18
Rickie Fowler 20    18    20    20    20    20    20    18    20    16    22
Justin Rose 28    25    25    28    25    25    25    25    25    25    33
Dustin Johnson 33    33    33    33    33    33    33    33    28    28    37
Tiger Woods 40    35    33    40    33    33    33    35    33    28    45
Marc Leishman 40    40    33    40    33    33    33    35    33    40    51
Justin Thomas 50    45    40    45    40    40    40    45    40    40    51
Zach Johnson 66
Bernd Wiesberger 100
Report kincsem April 6, 2018 1:52 AM BST
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Last 12 Masters Champions were in the T10 after Day 1.


Li Haotong is in 4th place.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 6, 2018 6:06 PM BST
Whoops
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 6, 2018 6:07 PM BST
Last 12 Masters Champions were in the T10 after Day 1.


SPIETH
FINAU
KUCHAR
LI
STENSON
REED
HOFFMAN
HADWIN
MCILROY
CABRERA BELLO

T11
WIESBERGER Z.JOHNSON LEISHMAN MICKELSON FOWLER
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 14, 2018 9:44 PM BST
PATRICK REED Best at Augusta: T-22 (2015)
"His biggest handicap is actually his familiarity with the place [Reed played at Augusta State] and his expectation level. He knows he should play well because he's been around there so often. But I think he turns his shots too hard from right to left. He doesn't have a controlled draw. So he's never completely sure where the ball is going to finish."


THE estranged STORY behind PADDY REED.....

www.golf.com/knockdown/2018/04/08/masters-patrick-reed-estranged-family-complex-mix-emotions
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 17, 2019 11:59 PM GMT
ROLL ON 2019, with only 25 days to go...

Rory McIlroy 8
Dustin Johnson 10
Justin Rose 14
Tiger Woods 16 (Spoils 6pcs 1/5th)
Jon Rahm 18
Justin Thomas 18 (Spoils)
Brooks Koepka 20
Jordan Spieth 22
Rickie Fowler 22
Bryson DeChambeau 25 (365)
Jason Day 25
Tommy Fleetwood 28
Phil 33
Bubba, Reed, Moli, Matsu, Casey & Xander 40's
Scott 50's bar Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 18, 2019 12:09 AM GMT
Jim Furyk jumped 110 spots in the OWGR ranking to #57. He wasn't even in THE PALYERS field until last Sunday, he has now qualified for the WGC Match Play and will have a chance to qualify for The Masters.

Deserves his place - ahead of Angel Cabrera, Trevor Immelman, Jose Maria Olazabal, Mark O'Meara, Mike Weir, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize ffs & Ian Woosnam. Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 18, 2019 12:14 AM GMT
TIGER (2001) is the only player to win The PLAYERS and The MASTERS in the same year.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 18, 2019 12:20 AM GMT
Since the 1st Masters was held in 1934, those to WIN 15+ PGA TOUR events (incl 4 Majors) before the age of 30 were...

Jack Nicklaus.
Tiger Woods - (Crazy to think Tiger had 46 wins and 10 Majors before he turned 30).
Rory McIlroy - He's in GOOD company this PADDY's DAY.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 18, 2019 12:35 AM GMT
STATS then order this...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MFN2JF4/ref=dp_return_2?_encoding=UTF8&n=133140011&s=digital-text

Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 19, 2019 5:34 PM GMT
HAD an early stab at JB HOLMES (even if I don't like his ways) & SNEDS.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 30, 2019 5:14 PM GMT
Nine days until Masters Week.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 30, 2019 5:22 PM GMT
Phil Mickelson is going to get his Masters prep started early. Following an early exit from the Match Play on Friday, Mickelson said he’ll head directly to Augusta National, where he’ll spend the weekend in advance of his 27th career start.
“I think that's why I've enjoyed this Match Play,” he said. “If things don't go well … I get an extra day or two there.”
Mickelson has usually made a point to play the week before the year’s first major, teeing it up at the Houston Open. But with the PGA Tour having rearranged the schedule, Mickelson won’t be in San Antonio next week. After his weekend at Augusta, he’ll return home to California. He’ll practice on a bentgrass green in his backyard that he says he can get running at 15 on the stimpmeter, as he puts in time with his swing coach, Andrew Getson, and his fitness trainer, Sean Cochran.
Report fordyce March 31, 2019 10:54 AM BST
rahm, mickelson, scott, leishman, pepperell, snedeker, couples and langer. was keen to back furyk but i think his qualification chances are finished after this wek?
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 2, 2019 7:52 PM BST
25 Kevin Kisner (moved up from #50th)
43 Lucas Bjerregaard (moved up from #52nd)
43 Branden Grace
45 J.B. Holmes
46 Charles Howell III
47 Kyle Stanley
48 Justin Harding
49 Shane Lowry
50 Brandt Snedeker (moved down from #46th)
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51 Thorbjorn Olesen (moved down from #47th)
52 Jim Furyk (moved up 2 places from #54th)
53 Kevin Na (moved up from #60th)
54 Byeong Hun An
55 Andrew Putnam
56 Emiliano Grillo
57 Sungjae Im
58 Abraham Ancer
59 Keith Mitchell
60 Chez Reavie
61 Siwoo Kim
62 Russell Knox
63 Tom Lewis
64 Lee Westwood
65 Satoshi Kodaira
66 Aaron Wise
Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 3, 2019 11:56 AM BST
IS YOUR PLAYER ON THIS LIST

Here are the 86 players who have already booked their tickets to Georgia. Players in alphabetical order; USA unless stated; *denotes amateurs

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
Lucas Bjerregaard (Den)
Devon Bling*
Keegan Bradley
Angel Cabrera (Arg)
Rafa Cabrera Bello (Esp)
Patrick Cantlay
Paul Casey (Eng)
Stewart Cink
Fred Couples
Jason Day (Aus)
Bryson DeChambeau
Tony Finau
Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng)
Tommy Fleetwood (Eng)
Rickie Fowler
Sergio Garcia (Esp)
Branden Grace (Rsa)
Emiliano Grillo (Arg)
Justin Harding (Rsa)
Tyrrell Hatton (Eng)
Charley Hoffman
JB Holmes
Billy Horschel
Viktor Hovland* (Nor)
Charles Howell III
Shugo Imahira (Jpn)
Trevor Immelman (Rsa)
Dustin Johnson
Zach Johnson
Takumi Kanaya (Jpn)
Martin Kaymer (Ger)
Michael Kim
Si Woo Kim (Kor)
Kevin Kisner
Patton Kizzire
Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn)
Brooks Koepka
Matt Kuchar
Andrew Landry
Bernhard Langer (Ger)
Marc Leishman (Aus)
Haotong Li (Chn)
Adam Long
Shane Lowry (Irl)
Sandy Lyle (Sco)
Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn)
Rory McIlroy (NIR)
Phil Mickelson
Keith Mitchell
Larry Mize
Francesco Molinari (Ita)
Kevin Na
Alex Noren (Swe)
Kevin O’Connell*
Jose Maria Olazabal (Esp)
Thorbjorn Olesen (Den)
Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa)
Alvaro Ortiz* (Mex)
Eddie Pepperell (Eng)
Ian Poulter (Eng)
Jon Rahm (Esp)
Jovan Rebula* (Rsa)
Patrick Reed
Justin Rose (Eng)
Xander Schauffele
Charl Schwartzel (Rsa)
Adam Scott (Aus)
Webb Simpson
Vijay Singh (Fij)
Cameron Smith (Aus)
Brandt Snedeker
Jordan Spieth
Kyle Stanley
Kevin Tway
Jimmy Walker
Matt Wallace (Eng)
Bubba Watson
Mike Weir (Can)
Danny Willett (Eng)
Aaron Wise
Gary Woodland
Tiger Woods
Ian Woosnam (Wal)
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World No 54 Byeong Hun An, Andrew Putnam #55, Sungjae Im #57 and Abraham Ancer #58 are the 4 highest-ranked players not in the Augusta field.
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Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk OWGR #52 is the highest not qualified for The MASTERS as he narrowly failed to break into the world's T50 at the Match Play.
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STATS...
Basically, nobody wins at their first Augusta start - as course form matters.
Every winner since 2000 had a prior T40, with 12 golfers had a prior T10, while 3 players had a prior Masters win - Bubba, Phil (twice) & Tiger (thrice).
Paddy Reed had a MC in the prior year - an exceptional occurrence since 2000.
The past 5 winners had a win or 2nd place finish in that calendar year (and within their 5th prior start).
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 3, 2019 9:28 PM BST
EUGENE KRABS • April 6, 2018 8:43 AM BST
more interestingly in the last 12 years nobody outside the T10 after the first round has won

Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 3, 2019 10:16 PM BST
Dr Alister MacKenzie: A Profile Of Augusta’s Designer

https://www.golf-monthly.co.uk/tour/us-masters/masters-history-records/dr-alister-mackenzie-profile-augustas-designer-94967#pFgrpRC9cUuMEHxE.99

Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 3, 2019 11:43 PM BST
Okcorals 10pls 1/5
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LAY Frittelli - he ain't playing - €110 waiting.
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And Reavie & Chappell - also not playing
Report kincsem April 4, 2019 3:22 PM BST
Course form does not matter at Augusta.
Often the first round leader is making his debut.
It is a wide-open course with no rough, nothing to learn.
Report kincsem April 4, 2019 4:14 PM BST
If players need years to learn Augusta how can debutants lead or finish near the top of the leaderboard after their first ever round in the Masters?

2018 - Tony Finau (debut), 68 and 2nd after first round, finished 10th.
2018 - Li Haotong (debut), 69 and 4th after first round, finished 32nd.
2017 - William McGirt (debut), 69 and 2nd after first round, finished 22nd.
2014 - Jordan Spieth (debut) finished 2nd.
2014 - Jonas Blixt (debut) finished 2nd.
2013 - David Lynn (debut) 68 and 4th after first round, finished 46th.
2011 - Jason Day (debut), finished 2nd.
2009 - John Merrick (debut) 68 and 6th after first round, finished 6th.
2008 - Brian Bateman (debut) 69 and 3rd after first round, finished 20th.
2007 - Brett Wetterick (debut)  69 and 1st after first round, also leads at 36 holes, finished 37th.
2006 - Arron Obelholser (debut) 69 and 3rd after first round, finished 14th.
2005 - Luke Donald (debut) 68 and 2nd after first round, finished 3rd.
2005 - Mark Hensby (debut) 69 and 4th after first round, finished 5th.
2004 - Chris Riley (debut) 70 and 4th after first round, finished 23rd.
2003 - Ricky Barnes (amateur) (debut) 69 and 2nd after first round, finished 21st.
2001 - Chris DiMarco (debut) 65 and 1st after first round, finished 10th.
2000 - Chris DiMarco (debut) 68 and 1st after first round, finished 14th.
1999 - Brandel Chamblee (debut) 69 and 1st after first round, finished 18th.
1998 - Darren Clarke (debut) finished 8th
1996 - Scott McCarron (debut) finished 10th.
1995 - David Gilford (debut) 67 and 4th after first round, finished 24th.
1993 - Tom Lehman (debut) 67 and 1st after first round, finished 3rd.
1992 - Fulton Allem (debut) 69 and 7th after first round, finished 52nd.
1991 - Jim Gallagher Jr (debut) 67 and 1st after first round, finished 17th.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 4, 2019 8:57 PM BST
Tks for all dat info on the near misses.....btw The Masters is not won on Thursdays.

Lehman, Donald & Day went on to be great players, while Spieth was the only one (in those 24 years above - out of approx 2,000 players) that got the hang of the ups-and-downs of Augusta. Devil

Perhaps more interesting is that, in 5 of those years the debutant was FRL (and 8 times in the ew money - at huge prices too no doubt).
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 4, 2019 11:49 PM BST
Catch Me ifyoucan • April 10, 2015 4:51 PM BST
The average attempts before your first victory at The Masters is SIX (from 48 winners).

It’s well known Fuzzy is the only one in the modern era to win on his first attempt back in ’79 but it took 15 attempts for the 1998 winner Mark O’Meara.
Two attempts for Schwartzel before winning in 2011 while Woods in ’97 & Bubba in 20.12 had three prior goes at it.

Four attempts for Arnie, Watson & Seve and Five tries for Player and Jack.
Faldo did it on his sixth attempt along with Immelman, who was the last wire-to-wire winner (incl. ties) in 2008.

Only ONCE in the last 30 years has the Masters champ been the sole leader after the first 18 holes. - Crenshaw '84



Wire-to-Wire Champions (in the lead from the first round to the last)
Craig Wood, 1941
Arnold Palmer, 1960
Jack Nicklaus, 1972
Raymond Floyd, 1976
Jordon Spieth, 2015
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 5, 2019 12:21 AM BST
'The Cut' at the MASTER....BEFORE THEY ASK.

Question:-
What is the Cut Rule at The Masters?

Answer:-
The Masters cut rule is...after the second round, golfers with the low 50 scores, plus ties, plus any golfer within 10 strokes of the lead.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 5, 2019 1:51 AM BST
http://www.golfwrx.com/483678/the-24-players-who-can-win-the-2018-masters/

Finau 10th, Schauffele and Li showed some real promise in their future at Augusta.
Report kincsem April 5, 2019 1:17 PM BST
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Tks for all dat info on the near misses.....btw The Masters is not won on Thursdays.


Thank you for telling me it is not a one day tournament.
I think all tournaments that end on Sunday are won on Sunday, often after players play the 72nd hole.
The point others might have got from my post (that you missed) is that the course does not take much learning.
A debutant can play well immediately at Augusta.

Players play many practice rounds.
Previous generations of professionals did not have the time for that, travel between tournaments took up much of their time.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 5, 2019 2:04 PM BST
A debutant can play well immediately at Augusta... AGREED, BUT in the LAST 40 YEARS they have not played well enough TO WIN !

The average attempts before your first victory at The Masters is SIX (from 48 winners).
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 5, 2019 2:10 PM BST
Eddie Pepperell makes his Masters debut this year, and he looks forward to seeing Augusta National so much that he plans to see it for the first time on Sunday, four days before it begins. That's early for him. "I don't like being at golf tournaments too long," said the 28-year-old from England. "In fact, I hate being at golf tournaments too long. I like to get in on a Tuesday."
"Historically, whenever I've been at courses a long time, come Thursday I can be de-motivated," Pepperell said. "I don't want to work my (tail) off too hard on Monday through Wednesday. That represents you're lost. I don't want to be lost. That always represented a sign of struggle for me. Most courses are in front of you, require good shot-making and skill," he said. "It doesn't matter how well I know a golf course. If I'm struggling with technique, I ain't going to go out there and beat these guys."
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 5, 2019 3:15 PM BST
I going to make the case for a DEBUT WINNER this year - on your "No debutant has won since Fuzzy Zoeller" thread - when the First Round Leader (FRL) betting opens on here !
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 6, 2019 1:09 AM BST
T20 OWGR...
1 Dustin Johnson 9.5424    438.95    46   
2 Justin Rose 9.5061    446.79    47   
3 Rory McIlroy 8.3802    385.49    46   
4 Brooks Koepka 8.2885    364.69    44   
5 Justin Thomas 8.1304    390.26    48   
6 Bryson DeChambeau 7.3447 381.92 52   
7 Francesco Molinari 7.0672 339.23 48   
8 Rickie Fowler 5.9613    268.26    45   
9 Jon Rahm 5.9332    308.53    52   
10 Xander Schauffele 5.9240 308.05 52   
11 Paul Casey 5.5450    266.16    48   
12 Tiger Woods 5.3720    214.88    40   
13 Tommy Fleetwood 5.1285 266.68 52   
14 Jason Day 4.9621    213.37    43   
15 Tony Finau 4.9417    256.97    52   
16 Matt Kuchar 4.7110    244.97    52   
17 Bubba Watson 4.5145    212.18    47   
18 Patrick Reed 4.4350    230.62    52   
19 Marc Leishman 4.3132    224.29    52   
20 Louis Oosthuizen 4.2240 181.63 43
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 6, 2019 8:14 PM BST
Jennifer KUPCHO World #1 Female Amateur goes round Augusta in 5 under par.

Man or Woman that’s some golf !
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 7, 2019 12:52 AM BST
This will be the first Masters, since the OWGRankings began, that no former champion is ranked inside the T10.
ONLY THREE former Champions ranked inside the T20 - Tiger, Bubba & Reed (Phil #22 & Sergio #27 are next). GO TEAM CASEY
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 7, 2019 9:16 PM BST
WEATHER WATCH
WEATHER WATCH
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WEATHER WATCH

MONDAY: A few t-storms, some severe; storms can bring flooding downpours, large hail and damaging winds

GET's BETTER as the week goes on, Sunny mid-week to Saturday, but Sunday possible storms again.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 7, 2019 10:19 PM BST
Tiger a late arrival at Augusta National on Sunday for late Monday afternoon practice...due to the poor weather forecast for next 2 days.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 7, 2019 11:37 PM BST
*Sunday* afternoon practice...he's on the property Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 8, 2019 1:43 AM BST
THE 87th and final player, COREY CONNERS gained nearly 3 shots per round on the field this week on approach shots at the VALERO. He's now 7th on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained approach. The Best SG Approach by any player this season in an event where it was measured all four rounds. That will stand to him this week.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 8, 2019 1:59 AM BST
Average World Rank of previous 7 #Masters winners is 12.3. Last champion ranked outside the top-25 was Schwartzel in 2011 (29th).
Report kincsem April 8, 2019 9:56 AM BST
But plenty of high ranked in the OWGR have won in the last 12 years.
Reed 24th; Schwartzel 29th; Cabrera 69th; Immelman 29th; Johnson 56th
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 8, 2019 9:20 PM BST
WEATHER WATCH
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WEATHER WATCH


UPDATE: Expect 40-50 mph gusts, lightning, & penny sized hail.
Augusta National sounded the alarm and ended the first day of practice rounds early.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 9, 2019 2:49 PM BST
CAUTION
SLIPPERY when WET
LaughDevil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 9, 2019 3:27 PM BST
Sergio Garcia Champions Dinner Menu...
http://www.masters.com/en_US/watch/2018-04-02/152271510535797.html
Looks like its an International Salad, followed by LOBSTER Paella and an Ice cream trio.



BACON & CABBAGE for Paddy Reed
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 9, 2019 5:10 PM BST
SOME TEE TIMES and grouping are out for first two rounds incl...

16:04 Woods/Li/Rahm
16:15 McIlroy/Fowler/Smith
6:38 D.Johnson/DeChambeau/Day
6:49 Mickelson/Rose/Thomas
7:00 Spieth/Casey/Koepka
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 9, 2019 6:25 PM BST
As reigning Masters champ, Reed has the honor of creating the menu for the tournament's Champions Dinner.

Earlier this year at Kapalua ahead of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Reed revealed what his fellow green jacket winners can expect at Augusta. "I'm definitely going to fatten everyone up. I'm going to go with the bone in rib eye, mac and cheese, creamed spinach, creamed corn," Reed said.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 9, 2019 8:12 PM BST
MOSTLY SUNNY to partly cloudy for the rest of the week with highs of 28/29°... Weather Watch for strong afternoon thunderstorms on Sunday.

Looking back at tournament history and you'll see a pattern of weather delays. Heavy rains also washed out play for an entire day in 1961 and 1973. An entire round hasn't been cancelled since 1983, when the tournament finished on a Monday.
SOFT conditions will most likely make no difference by Thursday Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 9, 2019 11:14 PM BST
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Severiano "Seve" Ballesteros - would have been 62 today !

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/06/golf/seve-ballesteros-masters-javier-spain-augusta-spt/index.html
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 9, 2019 11:14 PM BST
SEVE became the first European to wear the green jacket in 1980 and triumphed again in 1983.
Report Mighty Whites 2008 April 9, 2019 11:17 PM BST
in 1980 seve had a 10 shot lead whittled down to 2!

See Kaymer is 800 - how he has fallen
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 9, 2019 11:30 PM BST
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2009/jan/04/golf-seve-ballesteros

Bill Elliott on Seve
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 10, 2019 2:02 PM BST
"Thunderstorms still a threat on Sunday when the strongest winds of the week are expected" - Official MASTERS update.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 11, 2019 12:43 AM BST
https://www.si.com/golf/2019/04/08/masters-preview-rankings-field-tiger-woods-jordan-spieth-rory-mcilroy

EVERY Golfer at the 2019 MASTERS - ALL 87 PLAYERS ranked from #87 WOOSIE to #1 ???
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 11, 2019 2:12 PM BST
Of course it's RORY Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 11, 2019 6:05 PM BST
Catch Me ifyoucan • April 8, 2019 1:43 AM BST
THE 87th and final player, COREY CONNERS gained nearly 3 shots per round on the field this week on approach shots at the VALERO. He's now 7th on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained approach. The Best SG Approach by any player this season in an event where it was measured all four rounds. That will stand to him this week.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 11, 2019 6:56 PM BST
kincsem • April 5, 2019 1:17 PM BST
...btw The Masters is not won on Thursdays. Laugh LaughLaugh


BUT it sure as hell can be LOST on THURSDAYS

WISE WILLETT SNEDS REED LONG PEPPERELL WALLACE FITZ SCHWARTZEL MATSU LOWRY COUPLES...….. Bye bye
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 11, 2019 11:38 PM BST
DJ, Kisner & Phil tops the green list for now (no Koepka on my list - don't think he good enough atm with only 2nd place finish8 wks ago and his recent stats SG TtoG he's 45th) Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 11, 2019 11:43 PM BST
BROOKS NOW

4.90€134
5.00€640
5.10€16
5.20€84
5.30 €215 €105
5.4 €1,418
5.5 €1,167 €5,877
5.6 €142 €11,231
5.7 €8,052
5.8 €3,824
5.9 €2 €3,417
6 €268 €4,979
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 11, 2019 11:43 PM BST
5.3 / 5.5
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 12:15 AM BST
28 GOLFERS under par after DAY 1.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 12:18 AM BST
+another 48 with the 10 SHOT RULE at +4 -------leaves only 11 golfers free for the weekend
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 1:23 AM BST
Lowest Thursday scoring average in the past 25 Masters:
1. 72.3 (2009)
2. 72.7 (2011)
3. 72.9 (2019)
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 1:50 AM BST
WINER COMES FROM THESE..... Devil

T1 Bryson DeChambeau -6
T1 Brooks Koepka -6
3 Phil Mickelson -5
T4 Ian Poulter -4
T4 Dustin Johnson -4
T6 Justin Harding -3
T6 Adam Scott -3
T6 Jon Rahm -3
T6 Kiradech Aphibarnrat -3
T6 Kevin Kisner -3
T11 Corey Conners -2
T11 JB Holmes -2
T11 Lucas Bjerregaard -2
T11 Gary Woodland -2
T11 Tiger Woods -2
T11 Rickie Fowler -2
T11 Cameron Smith -2
T11 Patton Kizzire -2
T11 Francesco Molinari -2
T11 Jason Day -2
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 1:51 AM BST
*WINNER
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 1:44 PM BST
WEATHER WATCH
WEATHER WATCH
WEATHER WATCH
WEATHER WATCH


A thunderstorm in spots with RAIN starting in 3 minutes - Mostly cloudy, a shower or thunderstorm in the area. WATCH OUT FOR THE USUAL DELAYS
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 1:45 PM BST
Still Strong afternoon t-storms forecast for SUNDAY Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 3:37 PM BST
USELESS FACT:

TWO YANKS, DeChambeau and Koepka both under 30yo, share the lead after Rd1. It is the first time that two Americans in their 20s have shared the lead after any round at The Masters since the final round in 1982 when Craig Stadler met Dan Pohl in a playoff. BUT while Tiger is the only player to shoot a score of par or better in each of the last nine Major championship rounds contested. His score to par of -21 in that span is best of anyone – only one ahead of Brooks Koepka (-20) and Francesco Molinari (-20).
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 3:58 PM BST
Since the first time it was played in 1934, 6,554 golfers have teed it up, and 4,212 of them have played all four rounds of the tournament.
No player, however, has shot all four rounds in the 60s in any Masters. This is the 83rd event.
It has happened on 40 occasions in the other 3 Majors: 34 times at the PGA Championship (including seven alone in 2018), 10 times at the OPEN and even 3 times in the usually difficult US Open.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 4:11 PM BST
https://twitter.com/i/status/1115610313125240832

Just in case YOU MISSED IT here's Conor Sketches Grin
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 6:54 PM BST
Catch Me ifyoucan • March 18, 2019 1:56 PM GMT

What a great time for EUROPEAN GOLF, albeit in the ‘wrong’ time zone.

From early wins for RAMBO, the Hero Champ, to ROSE at the Farmers in Riviera and then to ARNIE’s Bay Hill where we had that MOLI-WOOD feeling again. FRANCESCO the winner on a magnificent Sunday that featured Matt FITZPATRICK, Fleetwood, RAFA, Matt WALLACE and Rory in the T6.
RORY’s light shone brightest at The Players but Eddie PEPPERELL T3 (with low of the day 66 on Sunday & $725,000 tyvm – the confidence he’s going to take from that display will surely be immense), Fleetwood T5 (& $456,250), Rose T8 and a fading Rahm T12 & SERGIO T22 all had their lights on, and know where they’re going on this TOUR.
Even Ireland’s Seamus POWER T35 got $60,312.50 for his 5-under display, together with Russell KNOX. (Wallace T30, Fitz T41, Moli & Poulter T56 btw).
PAUL CASEY defended his VALSPAR title a few weeks ago and LISTOWEL native Corey CONNERS the VALERO winner (we're claimin' him)

...ALL OF WHICH will only help to inspire the current MASTERS LEADERS - POULTER AND MOLINARI.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 8:08 PM BST
The last 10 years, the average 36-hole score to par of the leaders at The Masters is -7.6.

7 under currently leads - says this year is a tad tougher so far
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 8:15 PM BST
MOLI is the first Italian ever to lead following any round at The Masters ! -7
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 8:21 PM BST
POULTER can sit back and relax - in the clubhouse - at -5, currently T4 - guaranteed a late Saturday afternoon start Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 8:30 PM BST
"Englishman this" "Englishman that" from the US commentators - COME ON SIR NICK ! Laugh
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 10:20 PM BST
WEATHER WATCH
WEATHER WATCH
WEATHER WATCH
WEATHER WATCH


PLAY SUSPENDED------A thunderstorm for the next TWO HOURS..... expect to be back at 7pm local time (for one further hour of play)

https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/augusta-ga/30901/hourly-weather-forecast/328218
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 10:32 PM BST
Looking back at tournament history and you'll see a pattern of weather delays. Heavy rains also washed out play for an entire day in 1961 and 1973. An entire round hasn't been cancelled since 1983, when the tournament finished on a Monday.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 10:38 PM BST
OK, we're BACK into attack - a blistering back nine RORS please
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 10:41 PM BST
AND FINALLY TIGER goes fav for the MASTERS (in 2019 btw) Tongue Out
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 10:42 PM BST
Put it to 5ft on 12
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2019 10:43 PM BST
ONLY a par.....aaaahhhhhh
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