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- Opening weekend of majors’ season begins on Thursday, as the biggest names in golf make their annual pilgrimage to Augusta National, for the pageantry and tradition of the Masters. The weather could play a factor, with a chance of thunderstorms throughout the week.
- Picking a winner in this 87-man field has rarely been more difficult in Masters’ history. Rory McIlroy comes in at a 7-1 favorite to complete a career grand slam. Other big names, like Tiger and Phil, will be looking to add to their collection of green jackets.
- Tiger Woods is playing his best golf in years, and may not get a better shot at his fifth green jacket. One aspect in which he has most improved is accuracy off the tee. That would seem to bode well for Woods, as the Masters is most often determined by long clubs, contrary to its reputation as a putting contest.
- Matt Wallace won Wednesday’s Par 3 contest in a three-hole playoff. Wallace and 61-year old, 1988 Masters’ champion Sandy Lyle were deadlocked at 5-under at the end of regulation. No Par 3 contest winner has won the Masters in the same year.
- Of course, neither the event nor the venue can be perfect. The concession prices, for instance, are famously inexpensive, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. “Most years [the azaleas] don’t even have the decency to coincide their peak bloom with Masters week. For shame.”