Masters 2017: Jason Day encouraged by mother's prognosis, thanks well-wishers

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: Big-hitting world No.1 Johnson comes into the Masters as the hottest golfer on the planet following three wins in as many starts in 2017, including two World Golf Champihsips events.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy rounds out the top of the 2017 Masters odds at +800. He spoke of bringing her to Augusta National this week to have her nearby while he competes in the Masters, but he is anxious she's still a bit too weak after the surgery.

"Golf is a amusing game", he said. Spieth has the best scoring average, and he loves playing in front of great crowds.

Adam Scott says he has the ball striking - and with it the confidence - to make a huge play for a second Masters title. Back-to-back top 10s on the European Tour later in the year got him to No. 63.

Form is so important heading into the majors and Dustin Johnson has it in abundance. He ranks second off the tee, and 6th around the green.

Jordan Spieth tees off on the 18th hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. He is one of the best at it. It's really an exciting time and it's going to be a really good week. "We're just all extremely grateful to be able to spend our time here". Day is still going to be focused - it's the Masters. Zach Johnson said he picked him because "He's the strategy guy".

Day's involvement in the competition has been in doubt recently as the Australian had been concentrating on his mother's lung cancer battle, withdrawing from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play after only six holes last month. Lefty is now 18th in the world.

Heavy rains and strong thunderstorms are expected again on Wednesday on the eve of the opening round, which could soften the greens and lead to more showers for early starters Thursday. If he fixes that, you will see Phil on Sunday in the running.

Another outstanding ball-striker, Leishman tied for fourth in 2013, when he played the final round with eventual victor Adam Scott. The former UNLV golfer has been in the PGA Tour since the 2000 season. He is now ranked 123rd for accuracy. Dom, who has been photographing the scenes at Augusta National since 1986, tweaked his technique all week to find the best locations and light.

"I've been telling everybody that five years ago I was a mediocre chipper, a poor wedge player, a mediocre putter".

"This year is going to be a lot easier, mentally, and less emotional". He is clear the man to beat at Augusta, so Betfair and Paddy Power's enhancement to 25/1 on Johnson to win the tournament for all new customers looks like very good value indeed.

In other groupings, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama will set off with Rickie Fowler and Scotland's Russell Knox while Swedish world number five Henrik Stenson was paired with twice major victor Angel Cabrera of Argentina and England's Tyrrell Hatton.

  • Julie Sanders