It’s that time of year again, the seemingly never-ending winter in many parts of the country is coming to an end. The weather is changing along with the flowers, which can only mean one thing, it’s Masters week. Everybody knows how special and historic the Masters is, yet it never gets old. You feel like a little kid again, as you watch the day-to-day coverage of the hallowed grounds of Augusta National. During Masters week, everybody is a golf fan.
With Tiger Woods out of the field, many people say this year’s Masters title is anyone’s for the taking. Here are some players to keep an eye on this week.
Day has been out with a thumb injury since his WGC Accenture Match Play win. He is the fourth ranked player in the world, and loves the course. He finished tied for second in 2011 and third in 2013. Day has been so close in majors, and is poised for a breakthrough win. Day has already said that his thumb is back to 100%, and he is ready to go.
After going through a tough 2013 season, McIlroy seems to have found his form. He finished tied for second at the Honda Classic and seventh in last week’s Shell Houston Open. McIlroy fired a seven-under 65 last Sunday to give him a spark going into Augusta. Rory undoubtedly wants to avenge his Sunday collapse in 2011 with a green jacket.
Sergio has been on the painful search for his first major title after many heartbreaking losses. Garcia has a good history at Augusta collecting three top-10 finishes including an eighth place finish last year. He has had a strong start to the 2014 season, including a third place finish in Houston last week. Garcia is a fantastic ball-striker, but his mental game and putting have held him back in the past. If he can get the putter hot and keep his head in check, this could be his week.
DeLaet has six top-10 finishes in 11 starts this season. He is a Masters first-timer, which would be my main concern. Other than that, there is nothing holding DeLaet back from a solid finish this week. He is a great ball-striker and hits it high, which is essential for Augusta. One hot week with the putter and he could turn a few heads in his first Masters appearance.
Those are just a few players that have the potential to take a green jacket home.
Here is the TV schedule for the 2014 Masters:
Par 3 Contest, 3-5 PM ET on ESPN
Thursday & Friday
Rounds 1 & 2, 3-7:30 PM ET on ESPN
Round 3, 3-7 PM ET on CBS
Final round, 2-7 PM ET on CBS
* You can also watch live coverage of Amen Corner, holes 15 and 16, and featured groups on www.masters.com
Source: masters.com and pgatour.com