Day wants to play Masters, depending on mother's prognosis

Jordan Spieth's phone interrupted a media conference to notify him of a tornado warning after the two-time major champion backed himself to blow his rivals away a week before the Masters.

Day, who now is the No. 3 ranked golfer in the world, withdrew from the Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas last Wednesday due to his mother's ongoing battle with cancer. His best finish was a tie for eighth in June at the Buffalo Run Casino Classic in Miami, Oklahoma.

Spieth has his own bad memories, even though he still has a green jacket.

The PGA Tour's Shell Houston Open features plenty of big names, although World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is not one of them. He's the guy to beat.

"I think I'll be a little more nervous if I get to meet Dr. Rice because I have a few schools I'd like to play golf at, but it's a dream of mine to play at Stanford", Bennett said. There's this group of players, I don't know the number we'll put on it, 10, 15 guys, who if they play really well can control the golf tournament.

A Spieth smile followed as he was asked about any element of shock attached to Johnson's stunning form.

"There's just not a flaw", two-time major champion Zach Johnson said. I believe you guys can attest, I called this.

"Am I wrong? I mentioned this going back years that Dustin Johnson is the most talented player and it's a matter of time". Once he gets that click.' It probably was the US Open [last year], looking back on it now. "It just shows you, when you get in a spiral, you can't spell your bloomin" name". We're not expecting him to win the tournament. And it's going to be very hard at this point, considering he was No1 and he's won two World Golf Championships in two starts.

I knew it would work out. By playing here this week, the earliest I can get there is Sunday night, then have three practice rounds and try to think of it as one more week. It's just trying to do it to do it.

2006 US Open victor Ogilvy, a course architecture aficionado whose love for the Augusta National layout is well known, has some runs on the board at Houston Golf Club with a runner-up finish in 2008 and T6 in 2009.

This week the PGA Tour will be in Houston for the Shell Houston Open.

The motivation of a chance to return to Augusta may just inspire him this week though on recent results it would be a courageous prediction.

"The thing that is hard about beating Dustin Johnson is, you get on the tee and by the time you're hitting your second shots, you're already at a disadvantage on the hole". "I like to feel like I'm always on it, I'm always. ready to go and trying to compete and I want to get back to that stage but sometimes it's very, very hard". So, there is a lot of ways to beat Dustin Johnson. We'll take a shot with him hoping he carries over his success from last season.

"I played previous year the week before Troon and we all know how that turned out, so playing in the Scottish Open definitely helps to fine tune the links game".

"I think about what could have been and if that hadn't have went wrong, I wouldn't have to answer the questions that I have to answer at this time of the year, every year, until I win one", McIlroy said.

  • Julie Sanders