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The Masters can still excite without Tiger Woods, and here’s some reasons why…
Tiger Woods is out of the Masters and that’s bad. No, scratch that; it’s terrible. The biggest tournament of the calendar year without the world number one seems ludicrous, but we can’t allow that to taint what is set to be a wonderful tournament. Still not convinced? Well here’s some reasons why the Masters is totally worth watching…
The battle for the Green Jacket is wide open this year
Tiger Woods’ withdrawal from the Masters is a body blow for sure, but now is the time for other golfers to stand up and be counted. And with only two of the top-10 players in the world having won a PGA Tour event this season, coupled with the fact that Phil Mickelson hasn't had a single top-10 in 2014 and Rory McIlroy, the favourite, hasn't won on the PGA Tour since 2012, the battle for the Green Jacket is going to be fierce.
A first time winner could rejuvenate the major championship scene
There is a wealth of talent preparing to be on show when the Masters rolls into Augusta, many of whom are yet to taste major glory. Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker, Patrick Reed…the list could go on and on. And with Tiger on the sidelines, there’s every chance one of these names could make history this year.
The Masters hasn’t had a boring final round at Augusta National in five straight years!
The fact the Masters has had an exciting climax to its event for five years on the bounce would force even the most ardent of gamblers to reconsider betting against another breathtaking finale this time around. And with two play-offs in a row and three over the last five seasons, there’s a good chance we’ll get to watch some extra golf being played at Augusta again on the final Sunday.
Early weather reports look very good
Rain delays, rescheduled tee times, games rolling over into the next day. Of all the traditions associated with Augusta National, perhaps bad weather is the one which is consistently present. However, there could be good news on the horizon if the early weather reports are anything to go by. Claims that there is a zero percent chance of rainfall on both Thursday and Friday means the greens will be hard, fast and open for some great golfing.
And finally…It’s THE MASTERS!
The Masters is almost here! If that’s not enough to get your blood pumping and your knees buckling then we don’t know what else to say…except maybe try watching snooker instead? The Masters will be a great event despite not having Tiger Woods on the field. This is the event we all look forward to, it’s the best week of the year in golf and the best tournament of the entire calendar. We’ll miss Tiger, but come on…nothing can take the shine off the Masters.