Masters 2022 Preview

Although the golf season has been in full swing for months, for many fans, the Masters is the official start of the golf season. After all, it is the first major championship in the calendar year and a “tradition like no other.” One cannot think of the Masters without fondly recalling 1986 when Jack Nicklaus stormed from behind on the back nine on the final day to win his 6th Masters at the age of 46. Similarly, people vividly remember Tiger Woods’ first triumph in 1997 and his unexpected win in 2019.

Last year, Justin Rose jumped to the early lead in the Masters with an opening round of 65. However, he failed to break par in any of the next three rounds and finished 7th. A third round of 65 by Hideki Matsuyama put him in great position and despite a final round of 73, walked away with his first major and first Japanese-born player to win the Masters. Will Zalatoris finished a shot back at nine-under par.

Taking a look at this year’s field and there are numerous big names are set to tee it up, including the likes of past champions Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott. There is even a remote chance that Woods himself tees it up.

Oddly enough, Matsuyama is a longshot to defend at 28-to-1 odds and Zalatoris is at 35-to-1, so expect a different top end of the leaderboard this time around.

One of the hottest players on the PGA Tour and one to watch is Cameron Smith, who has two wins this season and is ranked sixth in the world. Despite being arguably the hottest player currently on the PGA Tour, Smith’s odds of winning at 16-1 are behind Jon Rahm (9-1), Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas (12-1), and Rory McIlroy at 14-1. For McIlroy, a win would complete the much-coveted grand slam. However, the Masters has been a very difficult challenge for the 32-year-old, who has finished outside the top 20 in two of his last three starts at Augusta, including a missed cut last year.

Don’t be surprised if 24-year-old Viktor Hovland makes a run at the championship. He has a win and four top-ten finishes on the PGA Tour this season. Ranked 4th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Hovland has been in the top ten in three of his last five starts.

Other players who could seriously contend for the Masters title this year include Brooks Koepka, Scottie Sheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, and Bryson DeChambeau.

The Augusta National course the players will face is different from past years. Changes to the first hole of “amen corner” at number 11 and the 15th will add 35 yards to the course, increasing the distance to a record 7510 yards. The dogleg on the 11th hole is slightly diminished and some trees were removed from the right side of the fairway.

In addition, there are new greens on the 3rd, 13th, and 17th holes. The 11th hole has a wider fairway giving players a nice chance of reaching the green even on balls missed to the right. Despite that fact, the trouble around the green is increased, so an already difficult hole could play even tougher this year. The dogleg left on the 13th hole that gives the big bombers a chance to cut the corner, we expected to change but has remained intact. However, a change to the length of this hole is likely to occur for future Masters tournaments.

In the end, the only real changes this year’s players must be concerned about are those to the three greens mentioned and to the 11th and 15th holes. Augusta National is difficult enough without any major changes.

It’s time to sit back and enjoy perhaps first major championship of the PGA season!

Ryder Cup 2021, Team USA extends their lead 11-5 going into the 12 singles games on the 3rd & final day tomorrow

Team USA remain up front with 11 points to five going into the final day tomorrow after two days of Ryder Cup Golf at the Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin.

They continued to dominate the morning session despite the opening match loss where the same thing happened on Day 1 before Team USA shared the afternoon four-ball with Europe 2-2 which didn’t derail their continuing progress, all they have to do now is keep winning as long as USA meets the magic 14 1/2 mark to regain the trophy since 2016.

Team Europe still fired off in both opening sessions thanks to the excellent Spanish pair of Jon Rahm & Sergio Garcia as well as some support from Shane Lowry & Tyrrell Hatton in the 2nd-afternoon four-ball battle, but Europe continued to fell behind for the majority with the singles games as their only outside chance at a possible 9 of 12 towards retaining the title either by win or draw.

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2021 British Open Golf Review

Over the course of this past weekend yet another beautiful major championship was played in the world of golf. This time it was taken overseas, with the British Open wrapping up just yesterday. As with all tournaments there are many highs and lows throughout that make the tournament special year after year. Today we will be discussing those highs and lows as well as the winner, and what lies ahead after the British Open. Enjoy!

Starting with the lows, it wouldn’t be fair to talk about a golf event without saying the name, Bryson DeChambeau. As always he was grabbing a lot of people’s attention going into the tournament, discussing how this is the first time taking his strategy to links golf. Well it unfortunately ended in a low this week when he shot a score of one over par on the first day. This will not seem like a big deal to most, but it was his comment about his driver after hitting four fairways that day that grabbed everyone’s attention. In a post round interview, DeChambeau simply said “the driver sucks” and his sponsor, Cobra, did not take this lightly. Expect to see more lows from DeChambeau in the future.

As for a high, not counting the winner, Louis Oosthuizen played lights out during all but the final day of the tournament. Setting a low bar on the very first day and walking out with a lead had all eyes on him going into the weekend. Although he finished Sunday with a score of one over par earning himself a spot tied for third, he nearly holed out for an ace from 243 yards. Thisshot could have definitely swung the tournament in his favor, but it was short but what looked like a few inches. Either way this birdie was too little too late for Oosthuizen.

Time to talk about the winner, Collin Morikawa! With this major victory he is one of the youngest players in the history of the Tour to have multiple major victories. This win over the weekend has put his name in with the likes of Tiger Woods! Besides Morikawa, Jordan Spieth came in a close second finishing two strokes behind the victor. Although Spieth didn’t win, it goes to show his potential for a comeback in his career, if winning the Valero Texas Open wasn’t enough. This has Spieth fans, including myself, excited to see where his career goes from here.

Looking forward, we have the upcoming Tokyo Olympics which actually has a lot of golfers excited! Players like Tommy Fleetwood, amongst others, are proud to be representing their country on the largest scale possible. They could win many other tournaments, but not many golfers will be able to say that they have won an Olympic gold medal for the sport. Besides the Olympics, the PGA Tour playoffs are coming up soon as players rally towards the Fedex Cup. Although the majors are done for the year, there is still a lot of good golf left to be played.

2021 PGA Championship Review

The PGA Championship this past week will certainly go down in history as being one of the best majors the sport has ever seen. With Phil Mickelson becoming the oldest player to ever win a major at the age of 50, and others showing off their talents, this was certainly a historic event. Since the tournament Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau have caught some media attention for their interaction which only makes the tournament more fun. Today we will be taking a look at everything that you need to know about what went down this weekend!

Mickelson has always been a fan favorite, but prior to winning this tournament it had been quite some time until he had been in the running for a major championship on sunday. It had been eight years since his last major victory and two years from his last PGA Tour win in general. It is safe to say that not many people predicted this outcome before it had all begun. This is the second time that Mickelson had won the PGA Championship and earned the Wanamaker trophy.

In the end, he won with a total score of six under par, shooting one over in the last round. Due to shifting winds all day, those that teed off later in the day were at much more of a disadvantage. Others were able to put up scores of three under par for the final day which left two Irishmen tied for fourth, Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington. Besides that Brooks Koepka gave Mickelson his hardest time all week long, which still shocked people after the fact.

Koepka had been battling a knee injury going into the tournament which caused him to stand with a very goofy stance whenever he was going to line up putts. This knee injury also caused him to miss the cut at the Masters just about a month ago. With his previous poor performance and this injury, it is safe to say that expectations were low for him going into this week. However, you can never doubt Koepka when it comes to the Majors as his track record for these events is insane! Finishing in the top ten time and time again, if not winning the tournament, Koepka is one of the best golfers when it comes to the Majors, besides Tiger Woods of course.

Following the tournament Koepka and DeChambeau have gone viral for a clip of Koepka’s post round interview on Sunday. Koepka is in the middle of answering a question until DeChambeau walks by, at which point Koepka loses his train of thought and drops the f bomb, rolls his eyes, and is visibly upset/disgusted. The whole golf world is still trying to figure out if DeChambeau said anything or if simply walking by was enough to make Koepka mad. Either way it will certainly be interesting to see Koepka answer questions about this interaction later on.

No matter what, Phil Mickelson was the star of the show this weekend and rightfully so. Taking one away from father time, it has only further cemented his stardom.

Golf News, 2021 The Masters Day 3: Change of leader from Justin Rose to Hideki Matsuyama

This is moving day on Day 3 of the 2021 Masters at Augusta National. Where Justin Rose from England led the first two rounds. But scored 72 just like yesterday with no sign of rebound. He is on -7 under par in 5th/tied 2nd. So still possible to get that green jacket. Just cannot afford to make the same mistakes in Day 2 & 3.

Jordan Spieth did make the Top 10 today on -5. Having now sit in 7th. The form however is inconsistent. He can still end up in the Top 5. With a slow and steady build like yesterday. If he wanted the green jacket though. Then he has to push harder and come out from behind. Same goes to Brian Harman. He was in the front row during the 1st half. But then fell away with a less than expected score of 74. As he is on -4. Lots of catch up to do. While Bryson DeChambeau fell from the Top 20 to 38th. He is on +2 over par at a poor score of 75. So no chance of a comeback.

The biggest movers are Corey Conners from Canada. He is positioned as the underdog here. Thanks to a brilliant screamer on the 6th hole. Where sinked it immediately. And that puts him on -6 after scoring 68. So does Marc Leishman, Xander Schauffele & Will Zalatoris. All of them on -7. Just four shots behind the new leader in Hideki Matsuyama. The Japanese golfer may be 7th during Day 2 yesterday. He scored a brilliant run of 65 which puts him at -11 under par on Day 3.

Rain may have held back 1/2 hours of play. But at least we have seen a change of leader from Rose to Matsuyama. Just after the 1st half. While a couple have fell down the order. As we look forward to a final round decider tomorrow. Will Rose rebound from disappointment? Or else who will pull off for the major home.

And make history for their country. Hideki Matsuyama is one of them. The same goes to the Aussie Marc Leishman. Where he hails from Warrnambool, Victoria. How about the underdog of Corey Conners from Canada? If not then how about the in-from Schauffele. And Will Zalatoris who tries to become one of the youngest to win a major. This is decent completion with six players fighting for the green jacket. The action begins tomorrow 4am AEST or a bit earlier depending on rain. Both on Fox Sports and Nine’s Wide World of Sports.

2021 The Masters Golf, Some big movers on Day 2 but Justin Rose still leads

Justin Rose still leads after the 1st half of the 2021 Masters. He shot 72 today which is even par. So nothing wrong from his end as he looks to hold off going into Day 3.

While Brian Harman still tied in joint 2nd spot on 69 & -3 today. And seven under par with the hope of chasing Rose. As Will Zalatoris moved from 4th to 2nd. He played well on 68 at -4 today/-6 overall.

No improvements from Rory McIIroy who continued to decline. Where his swing was still exposed with a rough day at two over par today. And six over par overall which sees himself missed the cut. That means he is eliminated from this major.

Bryson DeChambeau did catch up just inside the Top 20. He shot -5 under par & -1 overall after Day 2. As said earlier on that he came to Augusta as one of the favourites. But so far things did not go against his way. The next two days will be crucial at least if he can finish in the Top 10. A win is increasingly unlikely though.

As well as Hideki Matsuyama who hails from Japan. Was joint 2nd with Brian Harman yesterday. But unable to hold its middle ground at -1 in Round 2. And -4 overall going into tomorrow. He is just outside the Top 10 in 11th. Which is a sign of decline right now. Just needs to be patient if a return to the Top 5-7 would keep his hopes alive. We will find out soon.

Round 2 today sees some players make progress as the heavy movers. Jordan Spieth was 12th yesterday. Now he is in 4th shooting 68 at -4 alone. And -5 overall. Got plenty of momentum carried from the Texas win last week. Tomorrow will be a test if he can split Zalatoris & Harman. Before Spieth can find Rose.

The same goes from Aussie Marc Leishman at 67. He is -5 under par in both Round 2 & overall ladder. Great progress there from 17th to 5th. It will be interesting if he can enter the front row. And stay in contention going into the final round. As Leishman can jump from behind for that green jacket. With $11 million USD in it.

We cannot wait for Day 3 tomorrow with the hope of clear weather. There is a chance of rain towards the end of play at 5-6pm in Augusta, GA. Will it be Rose who still has the lead baton. Or is someone else will put their hand up. And duel with him ahead on Sunday for this major.

Golf News, 2021 The Masters: Justin Rose leads after the first day

Great to see The Masters return in the usual April spot. As it always been in a long time. After the 2020 edition finally came during November due to COVID.

Justin Rose from England leads after Round 1 today on -7. Brian Harman not far behind on -3 who hails from Savannah, GA. Where he is tied up with Hideki Matsuyama (Japan). Plus two Americans round off the Top 5. Will Zalatoris who leads out of the youth alone. He is joint 4th from San Francisco, California. And Webb Simpson aged 35 from Raleigh, NC.

Jordan Speith is in 12th spot/tied 8th at -1 today. Just behind Tyrell Hatton who shot a great birdie in the 12th hole. He came off a tour win last week in Texas. With plenty of work to catch up tomorrow if he wants that green jacket badly. As written in our 2021 Masters preview. Marc Leishman is the No.1 Aussie here. He is aged 37 from Warrnambool, Victoria in 19th spot/tied 13th at Even Par.

Rory McIIroy fired off against his way in 66th at four over par. He came here as the underdog with plenty of criticism regarding his swing. Which led to the hiring of Pete Cowen. Things might change over the next day or two. Well thankfully his dad is okay after he was hit off McIlroy in the 7th hole. But right now the chance to take home the green jacket is a tall order. Same goes to Bryson DeChambeau. He may have won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month.

But his run here in Augusta does not really benefit his preparations. He too has also entered The Masters as one of the favourites. Just like the delayed 2020 edition where it did not end well. So far there is no sign of early progress. He is four places behind McIIroy in 70th on four over par. Not a great start from both men.

Day 1 is complete with former World No.1 Rose leads the line. Speith still has time to enter the Top 10. Then look to close down to the front row. The same goes to Leishman. And it will be interesting to see if both McIIroy & DeChambeau turns around tomorrow. Cannot wait for Day 2 of 4 in the 2021 Masters. It starts at 5am tomorrow & Sunday. Followed by 4am Monday morning for the final round.

Golf News, 2021 The Masters Preview Article

Even though COVID-19 delayed the playing of the 2020 Masters, it only made the event more special and makes the upcoming 2021 Masters even more exciting. Rather than waiting a full year between events we only had to wait six months, but there has been a lot that has happened in the golf world within those six months. One of the biggest shake ups in the sport has been the rise of Jordan Spieth and the fall of Rory McIlroy.

In today’s article we will take a look at these two stars and give you our predictions for the next four days.

Jordan Spieth was looking to become a star with his major victories from 2014-2017 and at one point in his career was standing in second place on the Official World Golf Rankings. However it seemed like his stardom would be short lived as he fell from grace with poor performance after poor performance making many fans wonder, where in the world is Jordan Spieth. In fact, at the 2020 Masters he came in forty sixth place with a score of one over par, well behind Dustin Johnson’s twenty under par.

However within the last six months Jordan Spieth has really gone on a tear, including this weekend. Back in his home state of Texas, Jordan Spieth is currently tied for the lead at the Valero Texas Open. Besides this tournament, he has had three top five performances within the past three months alone, really turning it around since the 2020 Masters. Being a Masters champion himself gives fans another reason to watch out for him during the tournament this weekend.

With a mixture of his prior play in Augusta and his hot streak coming into the tournament, he may be able to win the 2021 Masters!

On the other hand we have Rory McIlroy who is finding himself in a rut similar to the one that Jordan Spieth was in last year. However he has been much more present in the media, informing fans that his swing seems to be falling apart due to changes he is making for added distance. It is safe to say that Bryson DeChambeau’s long ball skills are what is putting the pressure on McIlroy to hit the ball even farther.

Speaking of Bryson DeChambeau he seemed to be the favorite in the 2020 Masters, but he performed well below everyone’s expectations. However it is safe to say that he has since learned from his mistakes, even picking up a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational back in March. With some added experience from the 2020 Masters, he may be able to meet expectations this time.

When it comes to the 2021 Masters this upcoming weekend, keep an eye out for Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau as either one could win the tournament. Have low expectations for Rory McIlroy based on recent swing troubles, but he could certainly pull off a large upset. Keep in mind that it is difficult to maintain the lead throughout all four rounds, so the first round winner may not be the final winner, but Jordan Spieth has done it before. We hope you enjoyed this article and we all look forward to the 2021 Masters!