Spieth: DJ deserves to be Masters favourite


It's been seven years since Adam Scott last played the Shell Houston Open, but he won it in 2007.

And that goes for his caddie, too.

Thereafter, Spieth was typically insightful on the basis upon which he and the world's other leading players can try to halt Johnson's run.

Scott has two caddies who are in a job-sharing program, and while Steve Williams usually works at the majors, Scott felt it was important for Williams to caddie this week.

"So now I'm scheduled to play Augusta ... but if things don't come back the way we want them, I don't know what's going to happen".

"I mean, the scheduling is a big part of (skipping the Match Play)".

He also has been commuting from Australia, where his wife is pregnant with their second child.

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Asked if his name deserved to be listed higher than the likes of three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson, Rahm said: 'I feel like if I say it does belong it sounds a little bit arrogant. "Why wouldn't I keep that level of play up?"

"Golf is kind of in a limbo stage right now". The greens are cut a tad lower for more speed and the rough is cut to mimic Augusta.

Tournament officials can't do much about the weather, however, especially with a storm moving through Wednesday (Thursday NZ time) to soften the greens.

World number one Dustin Johnson and some of his contemporaries in the top-10 will go to the event at Augusta from April 6-9 as the key players to watch.

Allenby has been mired in a lengthy slump but will have taken some confidence from stringing together four good rounds last week, perhaps the first step in a return to the PGA Tour.

First-year pro Arnold Palmer ties for 10th place in the first of his 50 appearances in the Masters. When the 81st Masters begins Thursday, the 32-year-old American will not have experienced anything but trophy presentations for almost two months.

Other Australians playing in the last-chance saloon are Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones, Geoff Ogilvy and John Senden. A year ago, Jim Herman held off Stenson for a one-shot victory to earn his first trip to the Masters. In the last 38 events on TOUR, three players have won as the favorite.

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"It's still a bit of an emotional time for me, just hanging out with my mom and seeing her".

Spieth can only hope for the same.

Cabrera Bello couldn't match his 2016 performance at last week's WGC-Dell Match Play, but he still logged some solid rounds, defeating two opponents, including a red-hot Tyrrell Hatton, in the group stage.

Spieth was my pick to win last week's Match Play as he knew the course in Austin better than anyone as a former University of Texas star.

Fort Worth's Kate Bennett is more nervous about maybe meeting Condoleezza Rice than the world's No. 1 golfer, Dustin Johnson.

"It's a tournament which has helped me prepare really well for The Open and I'm looking forward to the new venue at Dundonald".

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