The Masters has finally arrived as excitement builds for the first major of the year. Will Rory complete his career grand slam? Will Tiger claim his 15th major? Will there be a fifth first-time major winner a row?
These are just a few of the gripping story lines we are faced with this week.
The Masters never fails to provide entertainment and drama. From the lows of Spieth taking the plunge on 12 and Rory’s collapse at the 10th to the highs of Sandy Lyle’s bunker escape at 18 and Tiger’s infamous chip in at 16. These are just a few examples of Master’s drama at Augusta National.
This historic event creates a fantastic spectacle and we are destined to have plenty more drama to add to Masters folk law this week.
The Master’s has it all and we, at Toals, can’t wait to watch the action!
McIlroy has played with relentless consistency in 2019 as he bids for his first green jacket. His worst finish of the year has been T6th and he won the Players Championship to move him back to number 3 in the world rankings.
From a young age, Rory has been dubbed as a future Master’s champion. His game is “Taylormade” for Augusta – his effortless power, his natural draw shape and towering iron shots are a perfect recipe for success at the Masters.
All sounds great, right? The reality is that the pressure of a career Grand Slam could weigh too heavily on the Northern Irishman. He has to overcome his own demons, a world-class field and the pressure of creating history. At 7/1 he is just too short for me.
That said, it would be fantastic to see him win and he has all the tools to get the job done this week.
Rose came agonisingly close to winning his first Masters two years ago. He and Sergio battled it out on Sunday and they needed extra holes to be separated. The Spaniard prevailed but it’s only a matter of time before the Englishman wins the green jacket.
Rosey is no stranger to performing at the Masters; in his last 9 starts, his worst finish is T25th. His record is incredible and he will look to add to it this week.
Augusta is famous for its speedy greens and undulating surfaces. They are pure Bentgrass and for players to succeed they must be comfortable on this grass. Since 2008, Rose has won on Bentgrass on more occasions than any of player on the PGA Tour (7 victories).
In addition, this year he ranks 1st for putting average on the PGA Tour. Rose loves it here and could be peaking at the right time to claim his first Masters win.
Tommy Fleetwood has been trending in the right direction for a major scalp. The Southport man competed well last year and entered the final round in T6th. Ultimately, his challenged faded and he finished T17th. He will have learned valuable lessons that could prove vital this week.
The weather and conditions are likely to subdue scoring this week with winds forecasted. This gives Tommy a competitive advantage. His best results on the PGA Tour have come in tough conditions, most notably 5th at the Players this year and his near miss at the US Open last year.
Fleetwood copes well under pressure and in tough conditions. His game is in great shape and if he gets his strategy right he will be a factor over the weekend.