Rory McIlroy would 'think twice' about playing with Donald Trump again

Spieth tried to recover from the disastrous quadruple bogey on 12 to challenge eventual victor Danny Willett, but it was too late.

Aiming to do likewise,
Jordan Spieth made a birdie-2 yesterday at the short 12th, where he ran up a triple-bogey 7 in losing a five-shot lead as he missed out on claiming back-to-back wins here.

A win at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, two top 5s and a top 10 make up half of Jordan Spieth's results this season.

It means perhaps a little more for Henley this time.

McIlroy famously lost a four-shot lead in the final round in 2011 after collapsing to a closing 80, while Spieth has his own demons to conquer after blowing a five-shot advantage with just nine holes to play previous year.

"This year is going to be a lot easier, mentally, and less emotional".

With a clear mind and his mother resting at home post-lung cancer surgery, world No 3 Day arrived at Augusta National last week to play daily nine-hole practice rounds during intense preparation with long-time caddie and coach Colin Swatton.

"I love everything about my job", he added, "and that's just another thing that I love about it". His top finish this season was T7 at the Valspar Championship. There are a record 11 Englishmen in this year's field. The most convincing argument? But now the discussion has turned to will he ever contend for another major championship?

Since that brutal final round, McIlroy's best finish at Augusta was fourth in 2015. Spieth was five shots clear of the field heading into the back nine on Sunday past year, and he somehow fell apart.

"Yeah, it's a really good stretch of golf especially with the way the forecast is looking for Thursday and Friday", said 2016 PGA Championship victor Jimmy Walker.

Fowler, who has never broken 70 a couple of times in any of his six Masters appearances, shared third at the Houston Open on Sunday with form that gives him faith his game is exactly where it needs to be.

It's been seven years since Mickelson won his third and last green jacket.

He now leads the tour in scrambling and is second in scoring average.

Scott missed the cut at the Shell Houston Open last week but rather than seeing this as a negative, the Queenslander used his weekend for some extra Masters preparations.

Whether in the opening round or final round, a Green Jacket can be won or lost through holes 11, 12 and 13 as Jordan Spieth learned a year ago when he carded a seven at the par three 12th. He's been using Callaway woods and irons since the turn of the year, but has switched to TaylorMade M2 3 and 5 woods, believing they can help
him shape shots better for this particular test.

By the time the year was over, Johnson had swept all the PGA Tour awards, including player of the year.

"But I have beaten him", boasts soft-spoken Fleetwood, who slid to around 200th in the world rankings past year before a run of superb results vaulted him inside the top 50 and earned him a place at the world's most elite golf tournament for the first time. I think Rory (McIlroy) did it when he won the Open and the PGA at Bridgestone. In his last five starts he's finished no worse than 24, which includes two T4's at the Honda Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational, as well as finishing 10 in the WGC Mexico.

The first few holes Thursday will give Rahm an idea of how quickly he'll be able to learn and adapt to the intricacies of Augusta National.

That's what awaited Danny Willett Tuesday night.

Schwartzel will be pleased to know he wasn't the only Masters champion who felt a bit overwhelmed. "You're going to make mistakes".

But I guess I have to pick one and I like those first four I mentioned.

  • Carolyn Briggs