This weekend marks the greatest yearly golf tournament, the Masters tournament at the Augusta is only challenged by the British Open as St Andrews but that is not a yearly event. For lovers of golf the second weekend of April always brings the excitement of the first and the most prestigious of the 4 Majors of the year.
Building up to the tournament the big news is that Tiger Woods has been forced to miss the tournament due to back surgery; many have questioned whether this will remove some of the shine for this year’s tournament. But the truth is, unfortunately Woods is not the player he used to be and although he has shown glimpses that he could win more majors, his absence from the tournament does not mean as much as it would have five to ten years ago.
Adam Scott is looking to becoming only the 4th player to retain the green jacket in Master history; however he will face stiff competition with Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson favourite to win this year. McIlroy is looking to make up for his 2011 meltdown in which he blew a 4 shot lead on the final day, McIlroy has said “Mind, body, equipment, it’s all there. There are no excuses if I don’t do well this week.”
Britain is still looking for its first Masters winner since Nick Faldo in 1996, Lee Westwood has come closest in recent years, finishing second in 2010 and third in 2012 however his putting has always let him down, a problem which has often been magnified on the final day of a Masters tournament. There are many other British hopefuls including Ian Poulter, who will try to repeat his form of the last Ryder cup, and Justin Rose who will be looking to add to last year’s US Open. Rose has said “Knowing you’ve won a major and knowing you’ve faced those emotions and come through is a huge benefit this week. I’m coming in with no hype, a little under the radar, and I feel good.”
In any case we are guaranteed for some World class golf this weekend, the first Major of the year always brings out golfers hungry to get an early win.