The British contenders for The Masters
Thursday 07 April 2011
With the Masters due to start this week, British fans will be optimistic that a player from our shores can gatecrash the tournament in Augusta - something that hasn’t been done since Nick Faldo in 1996. In fact, there hasn’t even been a European winner in 12 years - a bit of glory is long overdue.
Last year, our very own Lee Westwood ran Phil Mickelson close but eventually succumbed to the runners-up spot after a majestic final two rounds from the American. But since last year’s tournament, Scot Graeme McDowell has won the US Open and Westwood has risen to number one in the world with players from Great Britain and Northern Ireland now occupying four of the top six rankings, and five of the top ten. Forgive the pun, but the onus is on to strike whilst their irons (drivers and putters) are hot.
Augusta is known as a course with notoriously perilous pin positions and dangerous greens with hidden ledges. A few feet in one’s approach can be the difference between an eagle put and trying to dig your ball out of one of the many ditches or creeks surrounding the greens. There were concerns that greens would be running slow with the recent rain, but a brighter forecast and Augusta’s ‘Sub-air’ ventilation and draining systems will ensure the greens remain lightning quick.
As the excitement builds to a head this week, we take a look as to what the players themselves have been talking about on Twitter and analyse which of our Brits is best prepared to wear the coveted green jacket come Sunday evening.
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