Men's golf: Former NU golfer Fitzpatrick set for Masters

"He knows he can handle whatever gets in his way", said Claude Harmon III, the swing coach who spends the most time at work with Johnson. I'm very, very pleased with how things have progressed. "Gary Woodland said he picked Tiger because "... it's hard to get the knowledge that Tiger has about that place, about strategy, and he's won there four times. But he's in some pretty elite company at the moment with how he's playing.

"I'm trying to hit this low hook around and catch the hill, and trying to get it up on to the green and hit this heroic shot, and it goes in the water and I make a six".

Day, whose near misses in six previous Masters include a runner-up, third and 10th-place a year ago, is confident he can achieve a lifelong dream of winning the Masters green jacket.

"I have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity", Mickelson said then.

Rickie Fowler referred to Johnson this week as "just insane". "They are all great players, and they are all guys I have to beat". It's a tough golf course, and everything in your bag needs to be working for you to play well around here.

Day had flown his mother from Australia to the James Center, near his home in Columbus, Ohio, where doctors operated for five hours on March 24.

"Golf is a amusing game", he said. "Now players feel like if he's on the leaderboard, they can't afford to make a mistake". It's a lot of fun. Because obviously I was busy with my mom and busy with my family and all that stuff and not really thinking about playing golf.

Dustin Johnson will try to extend his stellar run at this week's U.S. Masters where Rory McIlroy hopes to complete the career grand slam and Jordan Spieth seeks revenge after last year's epic meltdown.

Day learned Monday that she would not need chemotherapy and that the woman who bolstered his golf dreams can watch him this weekend at the Masters for the first time, a ideal scenario to win the green jacket he has long sought.

But his emotions were admittedly confused when he drove up Magnolia Lane the first time he returned after last year's collapse. In his first five appearances, he finished no higher than 13 and missed the cut once. "I'm sure he knows everything you need to know there".

"It's always important to get off to a decent start but especially here".

"I think a lot of Curtis's game".

The course has been closed twice this week, Monday and Wednesday, because of weather, specifically heavy rain and lightning.

"I feel like my game is really solid right now", Johnson said.

It's on the greens where Johnson has shown anything close to weakness this season.

"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, you know, to see the Secret Service, to see the scene, I mean, that's really what I was going for", McIIroy said in his session with the media.

"I m playing well coming into this week so hopefully I can continue that success and I m looking forward to giving myself a chance to win on Sunday".

  • Julie Sanders