So it’s that time of year again, the green jacket, amen corner and the faultless fairways of Augusta. As we head to Georgia for the 80th renewal of the Masters, the finest players from around the globe gather to lock horns and battle it out to take home the first Major of 2016.
The world of competitive golf looks remarkably similar to last year with Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory Mcllroy looking to fight it out and put their mark on the new golfing year. The current world number one, Jason Day, has started 2016 in fine form, making 5 out of 6 cuts, with 3 top 10 finishes and 2 recent wins at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC:Accenture in Austin. It was 3 years ago at Augusta that Day threw away the lead with 3 holes to play, allowing fellow countryman Adam Scott to take the green jacket, Day has come a long way since then and with a more experienced head on his shoulders the in-form Aussie has a great chance of securing his countries second green jacket.
Rory Mcllroy has had a solid start to the 2016 season and currently sits atop the Ryder Cup rankings. Apart from a missed cut at the Honda Classic, Mcllroy has not finished outside the top 30 in his last 7 tournaments. After missing the cut at the Honda, the 26-year old made significant improvements to his putting with an improved performance at the recent Cadillac championship and a hole in one on the 16th at Augusta during practice bodes well for the Northern Irishman.
However, Jordan Spieth seems to have unlocked Augusta and after winning last year with the lowest Masters score of all time, the 23-year old, who has started the 2016 season in fine form, could be unstoppable if he finds his rhythm.
What ever the outcome, this year promises to yet again offer 4 days (5 judging by this par 3 contest) of enthralling, dramatic and sensational golf around the most recognisable course known to man. Lets all sit back and enjoy the annual curtain raiser to the golfing season… may the best man win!