Tomorrow, the long-awaited start of The Masters arrives. The entire golfing world is ready for Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer to serve as honorary starters. A tradition that goes back to 1963, the honorary starters add that bit of excitement on the first tee. Who better to start The Masters off than these three giants?
Who the participants play with for the first two days is as important as how they play. Mixing and matching players cannot be easy and I am not sure how the pairings are selected. Regardless, the following is from Masters.com and here is what we have to look forward to over the next two days:
There are many great pairings to watch, but here are the ones I will pay special attention to:
|8:18 a.m.||11:25 a.m.||Mike Weir||Ben Crane||Corey Conners (a)|
|9:02 a.m.||12:20 p.m.||Patrick Reed||Keegan Bradley||Ian Poulter|
|9:24 a.m.||12:42 p.m.||Bubba Watson||Justin Rose||Gunn Yang (a)|
|9:35 a.m.||12:53 p.m.||Adam Scott||Dustin Johnson||Antonio Murdaca (a)|
|10:52 a.m.||1:59 p.m.||J. B. Holmes||Martin Kaymer||Brandt Snedeker|
|10:41 a.m.||1:48 p.m.||Phil Mickelson||Rory McIlroy||Ryan Moore|
|1:15 p.m.||9:57 a.m.||Jordan Spieth||Henrik Stenson||Billy Horschel|
|1:48 p.m.||10:30 a.m.||Tiger Woods||Jamie Donaldson||Jimmy Walker|
|1:59 p.m.||10:41 a.m.||Jason Day||Sergio Garcia||Rickie Fowler|
I am sure when you look at my list, you are wondering what I was thinking. Remember these are the players I think will be fun to watch and I have an interest in. Who do you think should be added to the list?
Of these above pairings, a couple of things jump out at me: Watson and Scott are both paired with amateurs, McIlroy’s group is potentially the toughest, and the Reed, Keegan, Poulter group might see fireworks! Oh the fun of it all!
On a side note, Jack Nicklaus shot a hole-in-one at the Par 3 Tournament today…..only like Jack can!
The timings and groups are set, all that is left is 4 days of exciting Masters Golf!
I am a grateful golfer…..Watching the Masters!