Russell Henley is back in the Masters field for the third straight year. The Macon native and former Stratford and Georgia standout missed the cut two years ago but finished 31st last year. He finished fourth last week at the Houston Open for his third top-five finish of the season and has some momentum entering golf’s first major.
Augusta National Golf Club would seem to be a perfect fit for Rory McIlroy’s game. But ironically it’s the only one of golf’s four majors that he hasn’t won. McIlroy won the U.S. Open in 2011 and the PGA Championship in 2012 before winning the British Open last year (he also won the PGA last year). He is the clear favorite this week as he tries to complete the career grand slam.
WOODS IS BACK, BUT IS HE?
Tiger Woods missed the Masters last year for the first time since his debut in 1995. He has won the tournament four times and finished in the top five seven other times. But Woods has dropped out of the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking and hasn’t played a competitive round since early February
Bubba Watson has won two majors, and both have come at Augusta National. This week, he is looking to join Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Woods as the only players who have won the tournament in consecutive years.
Jordan Spieth is ranked fourth in the world, and he finished second last year in his Masters debut. Along with McIlroy, Spieth is considered one of the favorites this week, and this could be his time to claim his first major title.