The Augusta National reopens its doors to the best of world golf. This Thursday starts the 85th edition of the Augusta Masters.
The field that is one of the largest tests returns to normal conditions five months after the number one in the world, the American Dustin Johnson broke the field record with 268 strokes, 20 under par returns with his sights set on becoming consecutive champion as Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus.
“With him steady and fast, it’s just a really tough golf course,” Johnson said. “Any hole at any time can jump out and catch you.”
The field of 88 players will find a field that left the mild conditions behind by the rain to make way for greens blazing fast with firm fairways to get the balls rolling.
“This golf course must be respected“Said three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson, who will also be in attendance.
The American Justin thomasThe second-ranked in the world, he is one win away from surpassing Johnson as world number one and coming off a win at last month’s Players Championship.
“I know I can play well in this place. I feel like it’s a place that I’m going to win at some point, at least I hope so, and I feel like I can do it several times, ”said Thomas.
This tournament has a very special meaning for everyone, but in the case of the four-time winner of a major, the Northern Irish Rory McIlroy, has even more value because he will try to complete his Grand Slam with the only victory he needs.
While Spanish Sergio garcia, winner of the 2017 edition, will make his 22nd start at Augusta National. As for English Lee Westwood, runner-up of Bay Hill and the PlayersIt will be an attempt to break Nicklaus’ record of becoming the oldest Masters champion at 47.
For this week a reduced number of spectators will be allowed, the first in any major tournament since 2019, a situation that has golfers excited about being able to return to a new normal.
Golfers that you should not lose sight of
NAME | NATIONALITY
Abraham Ancer | Mexican
Carlos Ortiz | Mexican
Dustin Johnson | Estadunidense
Bryson DeChambeau | American
Phil Mickelson | Estadunidense
Rory McIlroy | Northern Irish
Justin Thomas | Estadunidense
Brooks Koepka | Estadunidense
Jordan Spieth | Estadunidense
Patrick Cantlay | American
Lee Westwood | English