Masters 2017: Dustin Johnson can dominate for years, Greg Norman says

"It's always important to get off to a decent start but especially here. It's strictly the nature of what I think is appropriate in moving on and lifting up when you're on a low".

McIlroy, who picked up a £7.7m bonus in September by winning last year's PGA Tour points race, begins his first round at 18:41 BST on Thursday alongside Japan's Hideto Tanihara and Spain's Jon Rahm.

"I'd hit it a bit hard, but no big deal", Woods wrote. "I said, 'He's going to win a lot of golf tournaments.' There was control". "Now players feel like if he's on the leaderboard, they can't afford to make a mistake".

"It will surely be there and it has been there", said Spieth, wearing a green shirt that would be a flawless match for the jacket he hopes to don again on Sunday.

He said: "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, that's really what I was going for".

"I feel good, like my game is there".

What might help Johnson is that he is in the last group for the opening round, scheduled to tee off at 2:03 p.m. Thursday with two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and PGA champion Jimmy Walker.

Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters, is famous for its strict and seemingly archaic rules, and if Masters chairman Billy Payne is to believed, one of their most notorious rules is not changing anytime soon.

"The more and more you play here, you realize certain areas where you can't go", Willett said.

McIlroy reiterated that the round of golf was just that, and nothing more, and that he differs with Trump politically on many issues. Dustin Johnson hits from a bunker to the second green during a practice round at the Masters golf tournament, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

On a warm, sunny afternoon in Amen Corner, Jordan Spieth stepped up to No. 12 and stuck it right next to the flag.

With violent storms forecast, McIlroy got up early Wednesday to squeeze in another nine holes. Before the finale a year ago, Spieth had played Golden Bell at 1-under through his first 11 rounds at the Masters, including three birdies.

"It's a nice storyline", he said.

"Last year, I was coming in kind of hot and my best golf wasn't here".

And Spieth is looking to be in the title hunt once again.

"He's got a lot of game, too", Scott said.

Jason Day (9 to 1): Day wasn't sure if he'd even play because of his mother being ill, but has made a decision to give it a go. "Just that small little piece".

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