Dustin Johnson, No. 1 and headed in the right direction

Others come the week before the tournament and practice before the crowds arrive for the practice rounds that start today.

Jason Day was due for some good news. So that's going to be -- that's what it takes to win.

He rides a three-win streak to the biggest one of them all. Stenson (74-75), Spieth (69-77) and Scott (68-77) all missed the cut there Friday.

He said his struggles previous year helped him learn more about his game and himself, and it seems to have him back on track. "I've played the week before Augusta; I haven't". I would have liked to have been there in some more majors like I was. "I was torn. I just knew I had to be back home". "It was significantly better and more what I expect out of myself", he said.

Thompson was docked four shots last Sunday in the final round of the ANA Inspiration, the women's first Major of the season, for a rules infringement on Saturday. This year he did. While Mickelson is 46 and can't hit the ball as consistently as he used to, he almost won the Masters two years ago when he finished tied for second.

Speaking of collapses at Augusta, McIlroy had one of his own back in 2011 when he shot the worst round in history by any professional golfer leading after the third round of the Masters.

Overall, however, playing in Houston didn't translate into a high finish at Augusta National for most players past year. The Augusta layout, with most fairways moving right-to-left, ideally suits a left-hander such as Mickelson, who can play power fade off the tee.

It's an interesting tag for the World Number 9 but one that has been caused by a limited playing schedule coming into The Masters.

Day emotionally pulled out of the Dell Match Play, conceding his opening match to Pat Perez after learning his mother was suffering with lung cancer and would need surgery.

Russell Henley looked out onto the course and fondly remembered days spent at Augusta National Golf Club as a young patron.

McIlroy has made a believer out of 81-year-old South African legend Gary Player.

That's part of why Fowler said he is underachieving compared to his expectations.

It's not just hitting the shots, though.

"If I went through those even each day, I probably wouldn't be complaining too much", he said. "You're going to really have to be careful where you hit it and just try to make pars". I don't think we have time to go through them all. "I felt I would have been making more of a statement if I had turned it down". We're on the first tee on Thursday morning, and there's millions of people watching, and if you don't hit it good, a million people see you hit it poorly, and it's not nice. "So I've played the golf course enough I feel", said McIlroy. "So, that might be something to bear in mind". "I said, 'He's going to win a lot of golf tournaments.' There was control".

  • Arturo Norris