It is Thursday of the greatest golf week of the entire year… that’s right, it’s Masters Week. As we all prepare for the glory that is about to ensue, let’s take a moment to appreciate how great this Masters is actually going to be. First of all, we had Tom Watson win the par-3 competition yesterday. Tom is probably one of the greatest golfers ever, I mean the guy did win 5 Open Championships and is now the oldest champion of the par-3 competition ever.
Another very exciting point for this week is that it is the first Masters in quite a while that we will see a healthy Tiger Woods. He has played in years past while not being at 100% and still competed at a high level. I am very intrigued to see how he does this week with no fear of having any pain in his back. He has also been leading into this tournament very well. A few top 10 finishes in the previous weeks and working very hard on his game sounds like a great recipe for success. Playing in a practice round on Tuesday with Phil Mickelson and Freddie Couples was also a huge plus because not only did they have fun, but Tiger showed some flashes of brilliance on the par-5’s, which could help play a very big role in his success this week.
Other players are rounding into form heading into The Masters, which only adds to the excitement and potential drama. Bubba Watson, a 2-time winner of this event, is looking very solid having won the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play Championship, and the Genesis Open at Riviera earlier in the season. Phil is playing very well this year also having carded a win at the WGC event in Mexico City. And we can’t forget about the 20 somethings that are out there. Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Justin Thomas all are looking to snag a win this week and add to their already impressive resumés.
One can only hope that all of this excitement and drama will culminate on the back nine on Sunday and make for a great finish to this prestigious event. The weather forecast looks very good for this major championship week, and let’s hope the golf follows suit.
P.S. If you didn’t catch the par-3 contest, Jack Nicklaus’s grandson caddied for him and hit a hole-in-one on the last hole of the competition right in front of Jack. I can’t think of a better moment at the Masters than Jack tearing up and hugging his grandson after that shot.
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