World No 1 Johnson doubtful for Masters

But there was a reason for it.

While all the golfers mentioned above have won majors in the past, all eyes will be on US Open champion and current world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and defending champion Danny Willett.

"I mean, golf, it's a amusing game", the US Open champion said. "He's won three in a row ... but the key is he hasn't even putted great in a couple of those". "Obviously he's the guy to beat, if he can cope with the additional pressure that's on his shoulders".

North's reasoning holds up no matter who is playing. This is a bit of a surprise as Spieth, was third on the 2017 Masters odds offered up by the Bleacher Report and Rory Mcllroy was second.

It's the elusive Masters title that stands between McIlroy and five other players who have won the career Grand Slam, the most exclusive club in golf.

Players will tee off onto a rain-soaked course from overnight thunderstorms in cold and windy conditions with gusts above 20 miles per hour (32 kph) playing havoc with the world's greatest shotmakers for the first two days of the 72-hole showdown. "I'd say more discouraged". "Now players feel like if he's on the leaderboard, they can't afford to make a mistake". "That's going to be something that I'm going to use my knowledge and skill to try and avoid".

Although he didn't win the event in 2014, despite leading the the final round, Spieth's only negative experience at Augusta National came past year when he quadruple-bogeyed the 12th hole.

Masters chairman Billy Payne said the approaching weather gave officials no choice but to get people off the course.

"You come up here as much as you want but once you step on that first tee and it's the first hole of the Masters, it's a little different", he said. Monday and Wednesday's rounds were suspended due to severe weather in the area. The last grouping, which consists of Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker and bubba Watson, tees off at 2.03am (Hong Kong time).

The two-time Masters champion enjoyed every moment. He tees off at 9:12 a.m. along with Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama. As fellow pro Rickie Fowler put it: "Dustin is just insane, in a way kind of a freak of nature".

Johnson is no stranger to freak incidents.

The US Open champion is no stranger to suffering injuries ahead of the Masters, having had to pull out in 2012 after he strained his back while lifting a jet ski.

Johnson's recent peak performances pushed him to No. 1 in the world rankings - so he's already on everybody's radar, on everybody's list of players to watch this weekend.

"I'm making a lot of birdies right now, and that bodes well around [the Augusta] course", Rickie said to CBS Sports.

Those are all the early details you need to know to get into the, ahem, swing of things, but stay tuned, as we'll be updating this page we any additional relevant information once the Masters gets underway.

By Thursday afternoon, everyone will find out how serious "anything" can be.

The U.S. Masters started in bright and blustery conditions on Thursday with the fitness of world number one Dustin Johnson the major talking point around Augusta National.

All of these players will compete for golf's biggest prize as the 2017 Masters.

  • Leroy Wright