wnol.info January 19 2018

Matsuyama eager to deliver Augusta joy to Japan

January 19 2018, 05:37 | Van Peters

Even with all the excitement surrounding other sports, this year's Masters has the potential to be the most exciting sporting event of them all.

This was supposed to be the year Zach Johnson brought soup, salad and breadsticks to your table at a chain restaurant.

The Queenslander heads a group of five Aussies looking to join Adam Scott as a victor at Augusta and while Day remains most favoured in betting, it could be compatriot Marc Leishman who flies the flag.

According to Ben Everill at PGATour.com, the Aussie said: "For the first time in about a month and a half I was happy to be on the golf course". He, however, hasn't finished in the top 10 in 11 years and goes into this year's event with no form to speak of - going back to November last year on the PGA Tour he's played seven events and made just one cut. It takes imagination to play the course. Before he is measured for a Green Jacket, however, it would be wise to remember he would not be the first favourite to be spat out by the unforgiving Augusta National layout. The other blemish on his major championship card is that he only has two other top 10s at majors save his Masters wins. I think that it sometimes gets overplayed that you have to draw it. Day picked her up from the hospital, returned her to his house in Columbus, Ohio, and spent the better part of last week by her side. There was a sign that said, 'Keep off the grass.' I thought, 'This is going to be trick this week.

Regarding Spieth, McIlroy notes "no matter what happens this year, those questions will still be there and linger a little bit", but the USA star can feel better having won the 2015 Masters. His exemption runs out this year following his British Open win in 2012 and it's unlikely he'll get another crack at Amen Corner after this weekend. He had probably three eagle putts inside 20 feet and didn't make any of them. "We didn't play great toward the back end of that season, but I think a lot of it was because we didn't really get the time off in the middle of the year we were hoping for". If things are good, he'll play. This method allows a player's score to be broken down into their long and short games, as well as more granular breakdowns therein. "And it's done, it's over, you move forward and you don't think about it again".

Oh my, @DJohnsonPGA, oh my. He is a slight figure but possesses a will of iron, hits the golf ball a long way and now knows what it takes to win big tournaments. "Putting well next week obviously is important considering I didn't strike it very well previous year and certainly was in position to win". And this year he's going in as the clear-cut favorite.

It was the media that circulated the legend of Bobby Jones and built him into a figure of such significant stature that his invitational on his new golf course was a must-attend event.

How would you describe his confidence level? Mondays for me at a normal tournament are typically rest days.

"You could hear a pin drop in the room with everybody listening to him", 2008 champion Trevor Immelman said. I think the way he won the U.S. Open and his first major with all the adversity he had had up to that point and the odd situation mid-round... His putting has much improved and he's a much better player.

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