Jordan Spieth Officially Ready for The Masters

McIlroy needs a victory at Augusta National, where he has top-10 finishes in each of the last three years, to complete the career grand slam of golf's four major titles.

"I've done all the preparation I can. I didn't really see any weaknesses and (mentally) nothing really fazes him".

Johnson has been on a tear in 2017, posting consecutive wins at Riviera Los Angeles, Mexico City and the Match Play in Austin. You want to win the tournament that week. The 23-year-old Texas native tied the tournament record set by Tiger Woods in 1997 with his victory at Augusta in 2015, and he blew a five-shot lead on the back nine last year to finish in second, three shots behind Englishman Danny Willett, who won the event with a 5-under par 283.

"The wind is supposed to be up", said former Masters champion Phil Mickelson.

Forecasts for heavy rain today to soften the course add to the drama that one of golf's great stages annually produces. But he was only able get through six holes before, as his wife said, "it all came crashing down". "If it's blowing 27 miles per hour like its forecast to, it's going to be tough to hit the greens". "When they are saying nice things about you, that's a good thing".

They made the trip up from Palm Beach, Florida.

"If it's soft, obviously, it'll definitely help, but with the forecast of wind on Thursday and Friday, the golf course is going to play very hard", Johnson said. Then you can run up numbers pretty quickly. 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.

Johnson, who won his first major title at previous year s US Open, knows the undulating greens of Augusta National are liable to be the key to victory.

"It's never over", McIlroy said. "You can never give up, because it takes either a lapse of concentration from someone else or a moment of brilliance from yourself to turn things around".

Luck played his way in to the first Major of the season by winning the US Amateur title in August previous year in dominant fashion, followed by a spectacular come from behind win in the Asian Pacific Amateur Championship in October.

"I've realized the more I get comfortable with this golf course, the environment and the surroundings, the better", he said.

Tommy Fleetwood is making his second appearance at the Masters, the first as a player. Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama were all the top five, and all three were in the top 20 in the world, with Matsuyama the lowest at 16th. I feel like I've been right to y'all in that sense and no one's told me otherwise. He also felt good about where his game is headed this year.

"If he just ticks a few of the right boxes in the next few months, he can be another breakout star, just like Jon Rahm or Jordan Spieth", said Scott. "That would be somewhat of an edge if it would be mano a mano". "Yeah, I would have liked to have won more". "Usually I have a week or two more weeks of tournaments under my belt, maybe a week or two more weeks of practice as well".

  • Julie Sanders