Dustin Johnson, now No. 1, is the Masters favorite

Posted April 09, 2017

"I know it's a struggle for him, I can tell you that much", O'Meara said of Woods.

He was only half joking. With just four podium finishes in 186 career starts, McGirt is a long shot to don the green jacket come Sunday, but he still provides value in deeper fantasy formats. "If he just ticks a few of the right boxes in the next few months, he can be another breakout star, just like Jon Rahm or Jordan Spieth", said Scott. Trust me, he's certainly capable of it and he'll win at least one. He cracked the field this week thanks to his win at last year's Memorial Tournament, played at another course with very slick greens. In his 11 rounds before putting it twice in the water previous year, he had six pars and three birdies.

The 20-year-old from WA, who also earned a spot in the Open but only if he remained an amateur, said he would stay in the United States for the immediate future and hope for invitations to enough events for him to play well and earn a full-time card.

The year's opening major, which begins Thursday at Augusta National, is always the most heavily anticipated of the four and, with a myriad of compelling storylines bubbling during the tournament buildup, this year's edition is rich with promise. He birdied the par-5 13th and 15th holes on Sunday to pull within two of eventual victor Danny Willett but a double bogey at 17 ended his hopes. He's confident he'll erase his nightmare on the 12th.

“Hes like the cornerback who gets beat and acts like it never happened, ” Harmon said. "I will do all I can to see all the positives and to grind it out like we did in 2015".

"If he's mature enough, which I think he is, he's ready for it".

After top-10 finishes in the last three years, however, he believes he now has the experience to deal with any conditions at Augusta. Earlier this year, Clemson captured the NCAA football title, and Johnson's alma mater (Coastal Carolina) won the 2016 NCAA baseball title. He withdrew before the second round, citing lower back spasms, claiming the problems were not related to the three back surgeries he has faced since March 2014.

"The game is good", Spieth insisted. "I feel like if I putt very well, I m going to have a chance to win on Sunday".