The Zone Interactive Golf Magazine (UK) The Zone Issue 20 - Page 11

THE MASTERS he won at a canter, backs that up to an extent - he is still prone to hitting wild drives, and while that shot remains in his bag he will never claim another major. But here's the thing. Woods hits the ball so purely, so powerfully, that he could tackle Augusta with a three wood. And if he can putt as he did at the Cadillac, then the rest of the field may as well stay at home because they will all be playing for second place. “ Then there was a guy called Tiger Woods, who played the front nine in 40 strokes on the first day of the 1997 Masters Quite rightly then, Woods goes into the tournament as a red-hot favourite, but he will not have things his own way. McIlroy is getting used to his new Nike clubs and seems certain to be in the mix - and after his disaster in 2011, he feels that The Masters owes him one. Keep an eye on Brandt Snedeker, who has become one of the best golfers in the world, and certainly one of the most consistent. He has proved that he can win run-of-themill events, and the next step has to be a major. Coming so close in The Open at Royal Lytham last year is bound to stand him in good stead. Bubba Watson, the man with the pink driver and the swing that contains more moving parts than a petrol engine, defends the title and although he has struggled since producing that miraculous wedge shot 12 months ago, returning to Augusta just might reignite his fire. We all want to see a European winner, but every tournament THEZONE / ISSUE 20 11