GolfWRX is live this week from The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. As always, blooming azalea’s, white caddy jump suits, lightening fast greens, and the beginning of spring welcome the world’s best amateurs and professionals to the season’s first major, where players will compete for the coveted green jacket.
This year’s rendition will be without Tiger Woods, the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Rankings, due to a recent back surgery. Three players in the field will have the opportunity to take over his ranking as the world’s best. Defending champion Adam Scott (No. 2) needs to finish in a two-way tie for third or better, Henrik Stenson (No. 3) needs a two-way tie for second or better, which would make him the first Swedish No. 1 player in the world, and Jason Day (No. 4) would need to win the tournament to overtake Woods’ position atop the rankings.
Newcomers, old-time greats and the top players in the world fill out the rest of the field. Notable names include three-time Masters Champion Phil Mickelson, two-time major winner Rory McIlroy, 2012 Masters Champion Bubba Watson, 2013 U.S. Amateur Champion Matthew Fitzpatrick and a few Masters’ staples including Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Sandy Lyle, Tom Watson, Jose Maria Olazabal, Ian Woosnam and Ben Crenshaw.
Craig Stadler, who won the Masters in 1982 and is calling this his last year at Augusta, will join his son Kevin Stadler, who is making his first appearance at the event. They will be the first father-son duo to ever compete in the Masters in the same field.
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