Spieth has Masters belief

Jones is one of four of the Australians playing this week to have won the Houston Open, Stuart Appleby twice a victor, Robert Allenby claiming his maiden PGA Tour title at the event in 2000 and Adam Scott victorious in 2007. Those results have lifted him to No. 9 in the world rankings and 10th in the FedExCup standings, giving him confidence that he can make a run at his first major title next week in the Masters.

And that goes for his caddie, too. He claimed one of his 42 PGA Tour victories in Houston, playing the weekend in 63-65 to beat Scott Verplank and Chris Kirk by three strokes in 2011.

Scott has two caddies who are in a job-sharing program, and while Steve Williams usually works at the majors, Scott felt it was important for Williams to caddie this week. This time I decided that I'm going to play the week before.

Danny Lee needs to win in Houston to qualify for the Masters.

"And fortunately, I feel like, I can".

He also has been commuting from Australia, where his wife is pregnant with their second child. He also is rested, as he hasn't played in over a month. The world number 14 will face stiff competition at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, where 2011 victor Phil Mickelson is among 10 previous champions in the field. Nothing compared with Augusta National, though the greens are faster and rough has been shaved to create tightly mown collection areas. But despite that track record, he believes world No. 1 Dustin Johnson deserves to be considered as the tournament favorite after three wins in his last three starts.

Headline stars in the field include world No.5 Henrik Stenson, No.6 Jordan Spieth, No.9 Rickie Fowler and five-time major victor Phil Mickelson. The Masters favorite is getting an extra week of preparation in. This time, Scott skipped the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship and will tee it up this week in the Shell Houston Open for the seventh time.

The advice Summerhays has received from those who have played in the Masters is to become as familiar as possible with the course. This is the last chance to qualify, with the victor getting an invitation. Trevor leaves for Augusta Thursday, and he's hoping this will not be his first and last trip to the Masters.

The veteran Victorian made a sudden and unexpected return to form at the Web.com Tour's Louisiana Open last week with his first top 10 finish in the U.S. since 2013.

"Fortunately I've played a lot of golf and competed against him on the weekends", said Spieth, who tied for second a year ago following a disastrous final-day meltdown.

Spieth can only hope for the same. Last week, he lost his opening match to Hideto Tanihara of Japan in the Match Play and didn't advance out of his group.

"I mentioned going back years Dustin Johnson is probably most talented player and it's a matter of time". Rahm said. "I've heard many different things of how to get ready for Augusta or any other major and I've heard people playing the week before, other players not playing the week before".

Like a few other tournaments earlier this year that had the talent that this tournament has, it is tough to narrow down to one victor. "It would be the pinnacle if I were able to play really well in the Masters", he said.

  • Julie Sanders