Golf fans always get excited at the prospect four days in front of the telly watching the US Masters. Commencing the first week of April it’s the first Major of the year and the superbly manicured Augusta course always has a starring role to play in the tournament.
This year there is added interest for Rory McIlroy fans as he chases the final piece in his quest for a career grand slam. Having won the British Open and the USPGA last year and the US Open in 2011 Rory only need the Masters to complete the Full House.
Only five players, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Tiger Woods, have won all four of golf’s major titles and McIlroy is a strong favourite to join them.
If McIlroy wins the Masters then the pressure really piles on him when the US Open starts in June. If he were to win that one too then he would hold all four major titles at the same time, no one has achieved that since Tiger Woods in 2001.
McIlroy has made a lightning start to his professional career at only 25 years old he is already well up the list in the medals table and is fast securing himself a place in the golfing record books. It will be interesting to see how his career progresses with the constant comparisons with Woods and Nicklaus who had a similar amount of success at the same age.
There have been some classic Masters tournaments over the years; the great champions always seem to win in dramatic style.
Think back to Jack Nicklaus becoming the oldest winner in 1986 when he overhauled the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman and Tom Kite in the final round.
Lets hope Rory can finally bury the memories of his final round meltdown a couple of years back and put on that famous green jacket.