Master 2018 Among winners in the past month on the US PGA Tour are Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, who have five green jackets between them, plus world No.2 Justin Thomas. The Tiger Woods comeback tale also moved a step closer to miraculous at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida with his second consecutive top five finish, in his first back-to-back tournaments since 2013.
The Masters 2018 Golf Tournament
Date: April, 5th-8th, 2018.
Venue: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA
Woods briefly flirted with the lead during his own Sunday push at a course he’s won on eight times. But he was always too many holes ahead, and after a tee shot on the 16th sailed out of bounds the former world No.1 finally finished eight shots behind McIlroy.
The Northern Irishman put on a putting masterclass in his final round 64 and shot past Woods in to Masters favouritism declaring everything was “coming together” just in time.
“I just kept saying the last few weeks I wasn’t that far away. It just takes something just to click into place and something clicked into place,” McIlroy said, having smashed a 340m drive on the par four 16th which lead to one of his five back-nine birdies.
“It’s huge for my confidence … I didn’t need a win going into Augusta to feel like I had a chance, I just wanted to see signs of good golf, and thankfully I’ve been able to get both.”
Woods won’t play at the World Golf Championship match-play event in Austin this week, but world No.1 Dustin Johnson will, and 2015 Masters champ Jordan Spieth too.
It’s tune-up time in their last event before heading to Augusta where Johnson will look to make up for missing last year, when a slip down wet steps while wearing socks cost him a start.
Woods, a four-time Masters winner, has played the tournament just once since 2013 and declared his intention to hit Augusta early to finetune everything he once knew about the magical layout.
“I need to go take a look at it … I’ll figure out what wedge system I want to use for that week, what bounce system, get used to those bunkers. So just have to do a little bit of work,” Woods said, zoning in on his major comeback goal.
“I miss playing there, I’ve been there for the dinner and as great as that is, it’s frustrating knowing that I’m, I would have to say, young enough to play the event … and I just have not been able to physically do it.”
Aussie Marc Leishman finished well in his title defence at Bay Hill with a Sunday 67 which shot him in to a tie for seventh, while Jason Day finished tied for 22nd. Both Aussies will play in the $13 million event in Austin this week.
While it’ll take a superb putting performance for a golfer to wear the green jacket, we’ve seen a slew of poor putters win over the years. You only need to rewind your mind movies 52 weeks and pause on Sergio Garcia sitting in Butler Cabin. Experience will matter on the greens, but you’ll be more successful using Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green over Putting.
Just load up on ball strikers, preferably those with plus distance off the tee. A handful of shorter hitters have experienced sustained success at Augusta, but the deeper drivers generally prevail. Since driver will be the club of choice on approximately 13 of 14 tee boxes, using it to the best of its ability sounds rather important.
The Open champion completed third in Houston, a nice fillip as he heads to the scene of his first real triumph in 2015.Spieth’s Masters record – second, to start with, second and eleventh – stamp out the 24-year-old American as an Augusta authority.However 30 years on from Scot Sandy Lyle turning into the main British champ of a Green Jacket, the omens for more UK achievement could scarcely be all the more reassuring.
Poulter’s win was the third UK triumph in the previous a month on the PGA Tour.Northern Irishman McIlroy was the victor at Bay Hill seven days after England’s Paul Casey finished a long winless spell by beating Woods into second place at the Valspar Championship, additionally in Florida.With that obstacle overcome, might this be the week for the 40-year-old to make his significant leap forward? His long diversion and the present sureness of putting touch are made for the Masters.
Then it’s all about them irons. The Strokes Gained: Ball Striking stat combines Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and Strokes Gained: Approach, making it the best way to judge who not only will generate birdie opportunities but keep themselves out of green-side danger.