Rory McIlroy: 'I'm a complete p***k leading up to the Masters'

Spieth looks to make new Masters memories after '16 meltdown

But he's seeking his first major championship win.

It figures to be very emotional for Nicklaus, whose all-time record 18 major wins include six at the Masters.

Woods has been No. 1 in career earnings on the PGA tour since at least 2004.

He's played this tournament three times and never finished lower than second. "If that beeper goes off, I'm out of here". McIlroy came into Sunday with the lead at 12-under, and his final round 80 left him tied for 15th when the tournament ended.

Since Tiger Woods last won the Masters in 2005, the Masters average victor profile is as follows - 32 years old, No. 22 in the world ranking and likely not to have won a major.

Until Rory McIlroy dons the green jacket, there will always be an incredible level of pressure and attention on the 27-year-old from Co. Instead, Sarazen ripped it with a four-wood on his second shot to achieve a double eagle/albatross to tie Wood on one stroke.

The Northern Irishman has played 99 practice holes on the course so far and will play nine more before he gets his Masters campaign under way alongside Spain hotshot Jon Rahm and Japan's Hideto Tanihara at approximately 6:41pm on Thursday (6 April).

On the Saturday of the 2016 tournament, McIlroy had been alongside Spieth in the final pairing. Still, the 2017 Masters brings plenty of intrigue.

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Just when it looked like Spieth was going to continue dominating the golf world en route to his second consecutive green jacket, the Under Armour poster boy suffered one of the most historic collapses in golf history.

Luck has got his eye in playing practice rounds with Scott and Jason Day and today he completed an awe-inspiring dance card by teaming up with Rory McIlroy. The Australian, who has two top-three finishes at Augusta National, withdrew from the recent WGC Match Play because of concerns over his mother's health and has been unable to play or practise much since. He missed the cut and finished the year at No. 51. Johnson's performances have drawn praise from across the golfing world, including from former two-time Open champion Greg Norman.

"To move a hole back like No. 5 that is created to be one the tougher holes out there and sandwiched in the middle of a round in between birdie holes, like 2 and 3, I think that's a good thing", Mickelson said. "A combination of power, finesse [and] calmness beyond calm". Spieth was five shots clear of the field heading into the back nine on Sunday previous year, and he somehow fell apart.

Fitzpatrick, who finished seventh at the tournament past year, will play the first two rounds with former world No. 1 Jordan Spieth and two-time major champion Martin Kaymer. "I wouldn't be a bit surprised to find him in contention".

"It would be best if I could reclaim the jacket", said Spieth, who followed his Masters victory two years ago by capturing the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay two months later. If you are playing away from the flag you have to do so aggressively; when you get a "green light" flag, you have to be the same way and really go for it.

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth have been friends since they were 14.

Dustin Johnson is the deserving favorite at The Masters. It calls up maybe the best Masters memory ever - and lends perspective to everything Mickelson does in this Masters and beyond.

He knows how fortunate he is and said so more than a half-dozen times, not only because Dening's prognosis has turned 180 degrees, but also because he has the resources to fly her to the USA and arrange for the best medical care available.



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