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Golf Australia Express : April 2013-The Masters
Hope springs eternal. Adam Scott has been picking up form since The Open Championship debacle of last year, working on his putting and short game to peg noticeable improvements. Meanwhile Jason Day is bouncing back from 2012, which was a forgettable year on the course, likely due to the arrival of his first child, Dash. Day’s recent match play performance at Dove Mountain saw him come in third, and he is happy with his form heading into The Masters. Unassuming Marc Leishman was the first Australian to win the PGA Tour rookie of the year back in 2009, so he’s not afraid to go where none have before. Last season saw him make 19 out of 23 cuts as well as secure a maiden title, and he must be itching to etch his name onto a major trophy. He could be our man. On top of this, John Senden, who has been wandering around majors since 2002, has been working on his short game that it may do justice to his ball- striking ability. If only the Masters was held later in the year, we'd give this end- of-season performer a real shot. Geoff Ogilvy, our last major winner, made a last gasp push for Augusta when his runner-up at the Honda Classic moved him to No.47 in the world. (The top 50 the week prior to The Masters gets a last-minute, express-post, book- your-ticket-yesterday invitation, if they haven’t got one already.) Sadly for Ogilvy, a missed cut at the Shell Houston Open dropped him back to No.55 and out of Augusta contention. Call it a hoodoo, a jinx--call it a dark green cloud over Australian golf. It might look that way, but if history has shown anything at Augusta, it is you can’t judge a book until you’ve had a look inside, and the only view that counts is the one from the 18th green on Sunday afternoon. OTG HOPES OF A NATION: Float over our Masters reps to see how they stack up HOPES OF A NATION: Float over our Masters reps to see how they stack up Our Augusta Boys