Defending champion Sergio Garcia was joined by other Masters champions, including Nick Faldo, Mark O’Meara, Trevor Immelman, Bubba Watson, Ben Crenshaw and Adam Scott in handing out trophies to the winners.
It is, as Jim Nantz has so often put it, “A tradition unlike any other”, filled with incredible views and even more spectacular golf.
Much of the buzz being generated around golf’s first major is emanating from a 42-year-old golfer who is closer to qualifying for the Seniors Tour (open to players 50 and over) than his last victory at Augusta in 2005. In 2018, McIlroy has one win with three top-10 finishes over eight events.
Faldo – who won at Augusta in 1989, 1990 and 1996 – is one of many who is highly anticipating Woods’ return. All lines are courtesy of Jeff Sherman and the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. He sent golf fans into a frenzy last month at the Valspar Championship in Florida, finishing one stroke off the pace.
Wood discusses the feeling of driving down Magnolia Lane and getting to tackle the famous Georgia lay-out, as well as telling some interesting stories from his three previous Masters appearances. Bettors have maintained optimism that Woods can overachieve at Augusta, where he has won four times. While Woods still has yet to claim a trophy in his comeback, and hasn’t competed in the Masters since 2015, he has shown the ability to grind and the flashes of high drama that once made him the best in the world, and that could do so again.
“He said, ‘Do this, do that.’ So I did this, I did that”. When he attended the Champions Dinner a year ago, he was in pain from his back and leg and couldn’t play in the tournament for the second consecutive year.
Woods began dating Smith in 2015, and the two ended their relationship previous year.
Two weeks later after last year’s Masters, Woods underwent fusion surgery, his fourth back procedure since 2014.
“My dad always used to say to me: “If it’s for you, it won’t go past you”, and I hate that line because that’s not how it works”.
“I know it seems minimal but the economic trickle down effect this has when it comes to the golf world is hard to explain”. Rory McIlroy is coming off a victory at Bay Hill and can achieve the career Grand Slam this week at Augusta National. “I was very, very inspired by them”, said Garcia of European golf’s pioneers in the event. He refers to himself as “walking miracle”.
Tirico also shared wisdom on where ticket-holders should watch from on the course, and it might not be the spot you’d think of first: It’s to the right of the green on No. 3.
Oh, and just to be clear, Haney has said that he believes Woods will win again on tour, and, indeed, win a major.
Woods, McIlroy, Thomas and Dustin Johnson, who withdrew from the Masters a year ago after a freak fall at his rental home, are all 10-1 in the latest Vegas odds.
Before Sunday’s tied-52 finish at the Houston Open, Rose had posted 13 top-10 finishes in 15 starts.