Take your medicine to tame Augusta, says McIlroy

Day practiced from Friday through Monday at Augusta National as he waited for news of his mother's condition.

As for the additional pressure he faces being such a favorite?

"He was trying to play and for a minute, I thought he had compartmentalized it all", Ellie Day said.

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

The Texan reached the 12th tee with a one-stroke lead and walked off the green after a quadruple-bogey sitting three shots behind new leader and eventual victor Danny Willett.

Despite the fact he lost the No. 1 ranking to Dustin Johnson, few analysts are counting Spieth out to collect his second green jacket.

Typical of his career, the rise began with a fall.

Dustin Johnson has won everything in recent memory. It was time to learn to hit a fade instead of a draw. It didn't take long for him to figure that out.

Snedeker, a two-time Ryder Cup player and eight-time PGA Tour victor, took exception.

"I heard he had switched to a fade, and then I saw it", Zach Johnson said.

"You know, the last couple of years, I've done a little bit better and I feel like I've had a chance". There was spin. There was trajectory control.

2015 US Open - missed an eagle putt on the 72 hole to win, then missed the return to make the play-off, handing Jordan Spieth his second-straight major.

And he really hasn't slowed since. He ranks 29th on the PGA Tour in putting average.

"We've been on a good run", Johnson said.

I've spent time in President Trump's company before, and that does not mean that I agree with everything that he says. "Would I do it again?"

Mickelson may not need it as badly as some of the aforementioned golfers, but the sport always benefits from lefty playing well at Augusta.

Butch Harmon laughs at the notion that Johnson lacks the right intelligence to be a major force.

"I'm very, very pleased and very, very happy with how things have progressed from the start of the year to now", he added a moment later.

"I think we're on the same page". McIlroy, a guy from a green-friendly country, will win his first green jacket and leave the rest green with envy.

The American has recorded wins in his last three tournaments - but the omens aren't in his favour. Especially those first six holes, you'd see guys 3- or 4-under par.

In order for for that to happen, Johnson admits that his game will have to continue to be in top form.

In the traditional pairing of the US Amateur victor and reigning Masters champion, Western Australian amateur Curtis Luck will go around the famed Georgia golf course with Danny Willett, as well as veteran Matt Kuchar, who himself played his first Masters way back in 1998 as the reigning US Amateur champion. Same goes for this week. "We'll go back there for the [British] Open Championship at some point, and I won't be having many cups of tea with the members afterwards", he said at the time.

  • Zachary Reyes