Favorites have a habit of coming unstuck at the Masters and this year all eyes are on what the course holds for world No 1 Dustin Johnson, whose form puts him way ahead of all contenders here. The only player to complete the Grand Slam at Augusta National was Gene Sarazen in 1935, back when the modern version of the Grand Slam didn't even exist and the Masters wasn't even the Masters (it originally was called the Augusta National Invitation Tournament).
"I've done all the preparation I can. I feel happier to be on the golf course and enjoying myself out here a lot more than I was the last month or two". But once again, I'm going to just do the best job I can with what I've got.
"Usually I have the week or two more weeks of tournament under my belt and maybe a week or two more weeks of practice as well and I didn't pick up a club from Match Play until I got here on Friday".
And five-time major victor Phil Mickelson, two months shy of his 47th birthday, will try to replace Jack Nicklaus as the oldest champion in Masters history.
Of course, when Woods is indeed playing he is a ratings bonanza. If it's blowing 27 miles per hour like the forecast says, it's going to be tough to hit the greens.
"She went through a successful surgery on her left lung and she was told by the doctor we don't have to do chemo, which is really, really exciting stuff. We're very pleased to get through this stage".
"I don't think I've ever gone into a major being ranked number one", he said recently, before adding to laughter: "Actually, I know I haven't". It's kind of forgiving off the tee a little bit, the fairways are quite wide, but you still have to take the tee shots on to give yourself the best chance of hitting the iron shots in. Then you can run up numbers pretty quickly.
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The world No1, who captured his first Major title at the 2016 US Open at Oakmont, has won three events in a row, winning at Riviera in February and March at the WGC Mexico and Match Play events.
Spieth, in particular, has shone at Augusta, having finished joint runner-up, first and joint runner-up again in his three appearances, though he'll need to overcome last year's disastrous finish to succeed here.
Since that win, he's picked up a pair of top-fives along with another finish inside the top 20. "I would look at the flag, and I'd be thinking about something else". "It's strictly the nature of what I think is appropriate in moving on and lifting up when you're on a low".
McIlroy has made a believer out of 81-year-old South African legend Gary Player.
"A guy like Jon Rahm, obviously he has been playing great golf". Like Spieth, he had his own costly meltdown at Augusta, though his was back in 2011, when he ultimately tied for 15th. "When you get to the golf course, it's still the same feelings", Fleetwood said. "That would be somewhat of an edge if it would be mano a mano". "Yeah, I would have liked to have won more".style="text-align: center;"