Confident Johnson not getting complacent ahead of Masters

Fourteen-time major victor Woods' ranking stands at 775 following a three-year period marred by back problems - an issue that has forced him out of this week's Masters.

"I've done all the preparation I can". Two green jackets puts you in some pretty elite company in the world of golf.

"You know, the last couple of years, I've done a little bit better and I feel like I've had a chance. If I want to win here, everything's going to have to go well for me", Johnson said.

"The wind is supposed to be up", said former Masters champion Phil Mickelson.

"Solid" is a bit modest for a golfer who has won his last three events and finished third at Pebble Beach.

"The feeling is guys are hitting it over the trees and hitting 7-iron in like Kevin (Chappell) and Gary (Woodland) did today", Kisner said.

He will play in this year's Par 3 competition, adding to the number of holes he has amassed on the course in the run-up to the season's first major. The ball skipped on the water three times before landing on the green and circling the hole.

"I told him, if he hits it longer than Gary, I want a mention because I adjusted the weight in his driver". "You're going to make mistakes".

"It's always important to get off to a decent start but especially here. And I feel kind of a lot lighter in a sense that my mind is not weighing very heavily on the situation that my mom was going through". He was Tiger Woods' bag man for 13 of his 14 major victories, and looped for Scott in 2013 when the Australian became the first player from his country to win the Masters.

"Obviously, over the past year or so, I've gotten - I feel like my game's gotten a lot better", said Johnson.

After top-10 finishes in the last three years, however, he believes he now has the experience to deal with any conditions at Augusta and he received advice this week from six-times Masters champion Jack Nicklaus.

"It's never over", McIlroy said.

"It's not going to be easy, but I'm definitely up for it".

McIlroy remembered a costly error of judgment on the 11th hole of his third round at Augusta past year when he drove the ball into the pine straw bordering the fairway.

Rory McIlroy hopes a dimming of the limelight trained on his build-up to the Masters can enable him to produce a scene-stealing performance at Augusta this week. "He made a mess of it one year".

"To get two major championships would be an incredible feeling". "That would be somewhat of an edge if it would be mano a mano. That's the last thing I needed", he said. "Usually I have a week or two more weeks of tournaments under my belt, maybe a week or two more weeks of practice as well. That may have been an obvious mistake but it was something I didn't think about too heavily beforehand".

  • Joanne Flowers