Jordan Spieth hopes to replace memories of 2016 Masters

"If he just ticks a few of the right boxes in the next few months, he can be another breakout star, just like Jon Rahm or Jordan Spieth", said Scott.

"I really could have used that one 12 months ago", he said to a mass of onlookers, drawing chuckles.

The critics who labeled Fowler as someone who can't finish were forced to stuff a sock in it when he won an intense playoff at The Players Championship in 2015, but the 28-year-old could silence all of the naysayers with a win at Augusta.

You can hear it in his voice.

"Whenever an invitation or a request comes my way, I don't want to say I jump at the chance, but at the same time, to see the Secret Service, to see the scene, I mean, that's really what I was going for", McIlroy said. "That would be insane".

In 2016, Spieth made the turn on the final day with a commanding five-shot lead.

First, Spieth splashed his ball into Rae's Creek from the tee. Before anyone knew it, he was on his way to a quadruple-bogey 7 that ensured the tournament would forever be remembered for how it was lost rather than won. Before he is measured for a Green Jacket, however, it would be wise to remember he would not be the first favorite to be spat out by the unforgiving Augusta National layout. When he stepped up to the tee box of Amen Corner Tuesday, it was on his mind again.

When the tournament begins, he expects more of the same.

"It will surely be there and it has been there", he said.

"I felt I would have been making more of a statement if I had turned it down", McIlroy said. "Obviously, it's not the tournament". "Once it starts to get firm and the wind starts to blows from so many different directions that the golf course changes constantly".

Even the hole where it all fell apart has provided plenty of good vibes. 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.

"I really thoroughly enjoy this place and this week", he insisted.

On Tuesday, the four-time major victor discussed how he helped the 18-time major champ with his golf game. Why? "It's imaginative golf. It's feel golf".

"I feel kind of a lot lighter in a sense that my mind is not weighing (as) heavily on the situation that my mum was going through", Day beamed.

None of those players were named Dustin Johnson.

These two have been on the list of major contenders for long enough now that they have witnessed the emergence of a whole new generation of contenders even as they never won one. "If it happens this year, fantastic".

"There's no other sport where anybody can call in and say: 'Oh that was a foul.' It just doesn't happen and I don't know why [golf] is the exception", Walker said. But one thing is for certain: He's not afraid of Amen Corner.

"This year, we're well acquainted now and have spent some good time together over the last 10 days".

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Let's face it, every kid who dreams about playing golf when they grow up wants to win a green jacket.

  • Leroy Wright