The Masters

Au­gusta Na­tional, Ge­or­gia, April 5-8

Golf World (UK) - - WISH LIST FOR 2018 -

The first ma­jor of the year is spe­cial for so many rea­sons. It has the long­est build-up of all the big four, there’s the fa­mil­iar­ity of one of the great­est pieces of golf­ing real es­tate on the planet (we can all play through the 18 holes in our mind’s eye), the won­der­ful mem­o­ries of Masters gone by and the fact it sig­nals the start of the golf­ing sea­son and im­prov­ing weather here at home, as well. A so­cial round in the morn­ing be­fore set­tling in to watch the drama un­fold in the evening. It’s per­fect.

The 82nd edi­tion can’t get here soon enough. It will be Rory McIlroy’s fourth crack at com­plet­ing the ca­reer grand slam, but our best home hope comes in the form of Justin Rose, who lost last year’s play-off to Ser­gio Gar­cia and has four top 10s and four top 25s at Au­gusta since 2009.

Four-time cham­pion Tiger Woods should have more com­pet­i­tive rounds un­der his belt by the time he drives down Mag­no­lia Lane and Jor­dan Spi­eth will be keen to ce­ment his po­si­tion as the new ‘Mr Au­gusta’. If the weather co-op­er­ates, his record to­tal of -18 from 2015 could be un­der se­ri­ous threat.

March 2018 Golf World 57

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