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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 140 - The Masters
ICAN’T remember ever being this pumped for the Masters to roll around. Even as Scotty lined up to defend his title last year, or in those halcyon days when the Australian contingent at Augusta pushed towards double digits, the world’s biggest golf tournament didn’t hold this much allure. Why, you ask? Tiger Woods will hobble into Georgia and likely be on a plane by Friday evening, few of the PGA Tour’s big names have displayed Masters calibre form in recent weeks and Scotty, as much as we love him, won’t be winning anything while he continues to change weaponry more often than most of us change our underwear. All valid points. But that’s exactly why this week promises to be something special. The PGA Tour has been nothing if not unpredictable this season, and that’s been a breath of fresh air. When a smiling South Korean kicks things off by raining on the United States’ parade to open the season, you can throw your expectations right out the window, and the Tour has continued to serve up surprises each and every week. We’ve seen Padraig Harrington return from the wilderness after almost eight years without a victory on either of golf’s two major tours. He’ll be at Augusta alongside Dustin Johnson, who took all of about three seconds to silence everyone who questioned how he would handle his return from that little, ahem, hiatus. Jordan Spieth mightn’t be No.1 in the rankings or with the bookies, but he’s the undeniable favourite a year after he almost did the unthinkable as a 20-year-old on that hallowed Masters turf. To win here you need to sink putts when it counts, and the kid has done that this season like most of us hoofed down Easter eggs on the weekend – all too often. There isn’t a golf fan alive who’d begrudge a Jimmy Walker victory. If he was a Tour de France cyclist, there’d be eyebrows hitting ceilings after he won nothing for the first 34 years of his life, and has now won five times in two seasons, including twice already this year. He’s only played the Masters once among his 10 major appearances, but a win at Augusta would be a fitting final chapter in one of the Tour’s great stories of persistence. Then there’s our top hope Jason Day, who is injury free for the first time in what seems like forever, and whose consistency thus far this season has already netted him a victory and more than $2 million in prizemoney. So there. It’s the Masters. Don’t be the only fool who doesn’t watch it. OTG the VIEW ANYONE'S FOR THE TAKING WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES THIS WEEK'S MASTERS SO DAMN INTRIGUING? SIMPLE, IT'S THE UNPREDICTABILITY OF ITS WINNER. with Adrian Ballantyne OTG Senior Writer POWER VAMP Increased stability and support DESIGNED TO BE THE COOLEST SHOE IN GOLF SHAPELOCK WITH OUTLAST® Locks in your foot and keeps it cool. STEALTH CLEAT Low-profile traction control POWER FRAME Ultra-thin TPU provides lightweight strength and support.
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