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Jordan Spieth lines up his putt on the 15th hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. Jordan Spieth was on his way to defending his title in Sunday's final round previous year only to find a watery grave twice into Rae's Creek and take a quadruple bogey at 12, helping England's Danny Willett take the title.

And nearly without fail, the Masters does a better job than any other individual 72-hole strokeplay event all year. "And it will be nice once this year's finished from my point of view, to be brutally honest with you".

It might be Dustin Johnson's world, but there's another guy who's won three times this campaign.

Since 2010, the 27-year-old has had more double bogeys or worse at Augusta than any other player under 50, a key factor in shooting a round of 77 or higher in six of his last seven starts.

Augusta National's notoriously hard course will be even tougher to play because of a heavy rainstorm which is expected to hit the local area on Wednesday, six-time U.S. Masters champion Jack Nicklaus said on Tuesday. Once I knew the surgery went well, I was OK to calm down. Just tick the box and you can select more than one player from each category. "If that means I have to back off five times, I'm going to". He responded by winning The Players Championship in a finish so compelling that he made birdie on the island-green 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass three times on the final day (twice in a playoff).

"I like the elevation changes, the sidehill lies, the pull to Rae's Creek", he said, not even pausing for humorous effect.

"It's not as if it's going to be the previous year he gets questions about it", McIlroy said.

McIlroy took the 54-hole lead into Sunday in 2011 before shooting an 80 and finishing 15th.

And he has yet to hear the end of it.

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"To win that early in the season on that golf course, and being out front and closing the deal, it has definitely helped", Fowler said yesterday. "That might be the way he's approaching it". He is seeking his 4th green jacket and first win in any event in almost four years.

The victory also got Steele into the Masters Tournament, which starts on Thursday in Augusta, Georgia, exempt status through the 2018-19 season and 500 FedEx Cup points.

If you were a cynic, you might find the annual Masters reverence just a little bit over the top. It's something that happened.

The long-hitting American is the favourite to win the year's first major after recording wins in his last three tournaments but no world number one has captured the Green Jacket since Tiger Woods in 2002. "I'm feeling confident over the ball and the putter is still feeling good in my hands".

"He can console himself by opening up his wardrobe and seeing (a Green Jacket) hanging there", McIlroy said.

The 23 year old from Dallas Texas is now ranked 6th, but at Augusta National, this guy is better still.

Spieth, in particular, has shone at Augusta, having finished joint runner-up, first and joint runner-up again in his three appearances, though he'll need to overcome last year's disastrous finish to succeed here.

"I'm excited about the opportunity ahead, which is now I can go back and really tear this golf course up. really create more great memories on the back nine of Augusta", he said.