Practice rounds resume, patrons returning to the Masters

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Doing so matters a lot to the World No.2.

Being the best in the world, however, has never guaranteed anyone a green jacket. "It's just tough because there's not much depth to the green and there's swirling winds", he says. "I've got four days to figure it out".

The Masters is the lone major where Johnson has never been a real factor. But he's seeking his first major championship win.

The Northern Irishman has since won the U.S. Open, the Open and emerged victorious twice at the US PGA Championship, leaving McIlroy just a green jacket short of becoming the sixth man to complete the Grand Slam. "But you quickly snap out of it because this golf course and this tournament require the utmost concentration and focus".

Though 23-year-old Spieth's demeanor was calm, he occasionally sounded like a football player coming off a bad loss, itching to charge back onto the field.

The Masters starts on April 6, and Woods will miss the tournament for the third time in four years because of back issues.

If anyone is going to stop No1 Johnson from winning the 81st Masters, the strong likelihood is that he will emerge from that tightly-knit pack of five snapping at the strapping South Carolinian's soft-spiked heels.

McIlroy's decision to play golf with Trump, whose statements about women have raised eyebrows, contrasted sharply with his own pro-women stand against members of Muirfield golf club in Scotland who disapprove of allowing women members. "I've prepared well and played 99 holes in two weeks here".

On the Saturday of the 2016 tournament, McIlroy had been alongside Spieth in the final pairing.

While the 12th will always be a part of Spieth's story at the Masters, his feel for this place is far more positive than negative.

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Day moved his mother, Dening, from Australia to his home in OH earlier this year after the cancer was discovered in one of her lungs, and the prognosis was terminal.

He missed the cut in Houston on Friday, but publicly at least sounded an upbeat note. Johnson's performances have drawn praise from across the golfing world, including from former two-time Open champion Greg Norman. "I was taken back when I heard he was going to be there, because he wasn't in great health", Spieth said. "A combination of power, finesse [and] calmness beyond calm".

Three-time champion Phil Mickelson insists that his advancing years will prove an asset rather than a hindrance when he begins his latest Masters challenge on Thursday. The stress of trying to earn a green jacket has led to McIlroy preparing extensively, and he admits that he is not good company during the build-up one of golf's biggest events. His 2011, eight-stroke victory in the U.S. Open only months after his Masters' golf nightmare is one among many examples of this.

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"I've spent time in President Trump's company before and that does not mean that I agree with everything he says".

Hopes to become the first player to win on his Masters debut since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

Jordan Spieth always has a bright showing at Augusta and is joint second favourite at 7/1.

Dustin Johnson, 32, has had the quickest ascent to the top 10 highest earners since 2004. It calls up maybe the best Masters memory ever - and lends perspective to everything Mickelson does in this Masters and beyond.

"I know he's birdied it in practice but let's see how he plays with a pen and a scorecard in his hand", Montgomerie said. What lessons he learned from a year ago will unfold over the four-day 2017 edition.

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