Masters: Jason Day has regained focus after mother's surgery

Can Rory McIlroy complete the career Grand Slam by winning the Masters?

"I've done all the preparation I can".

"I got in Wednesday, so I kind of got a really good idea of what the course is playing like and how to play it before I got to the practice rounds with those guys", he said.

He also has a good recent Masters record - tied fourth past year and tied sixth in 2015 - and returns approaching a golfer's usual peak at the age of 32. "I expect to really enjoy it this time and to be aggressive and try to have a really good week".

"But I have beaten him", boasts soft-spoken Fleetwood, who slid to around 200th in the world rankings past year before a run of superb results vaulted him inside the top 50 and earned him a place at the world's most elite golf tournament for the first time.

Starting with Jason Day's victory in the 2015 PGA Championship, the past five men's Majors have been captured by first-time Major winners. On Thursday and Friday, the National Weather Service is predicting winds of at least 20 miles per hour. "If it's blowing 27 miles per hour like its forecast to, it's going to be tough to hit the greens".

"It's not about the bad holes I play so much, it's just that I need to respect it more and not really be too aggressive because if you're too aggressive out here you can put yourself in a very, very bad position".

Spieth's enthusiasm got more pronounced when asked specifically what makes this course so appealing to him. "So this has just kind of been rest, recover and get ready for the week".

In late March, he said "no matter what happens at this year's Masters, whether I can win the green jacket or I miss the cut or finish 30, it will be nice having this Masters go by". Then you can run up numbers pretty quickly.

"Well, I've always liked the course, since I came", Johnson said.

Johnson enters Augusta after wins at Riviera in February to jump atop the rankings and last month at WGC Mexico and Match-Play events.

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Not only does Johnson return to Augusta with the confidence of having won a major, he is now ranked number one in the World Golf Rankings.

He said that McIlroy was "really impressive". Even before surgery and after surgery she wants to get back home.

"The thing I am most excited about is teeing off on the first tee on Thursday", Luck said.

And he has no regrets over how last year's tournament played out. Ultimately, McIlroy chose to go with Callaway Golf's driver, fairway wood and irons (excluding wedges) to start 2017, but he made it clear in making that choice that it could be subject to change.

Three years after his scouting trip, the 26-year-old Englishman will make his Masters debut.

Jordan Spieth hits out of the gallery on the 18th hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Augusta, Ga.

"It will surely be there and it has been", Spieth admitted about the haunting memory of 12th hole. "That would be somewhat of an edge if it would be mano a mano". Spieth is +500 to win the Masters. "It is one of the many tournaments I've lost given a certain performance on a hole or a stretch of holes". "That, for me, was the first time I had a chance to win a tournament of that caliber".

  • Julie Sanders