Jack Nicklaus gave Rory McIlroy some advice on winning at Augusta

Jack Nicklaus gave Rory McIlroy some advice on winning at Augusta

The 23-year-old American has already won three PGA Tour events this season, defending his title last October in Malaysia before back-to-back triumphs in Hawaii, shooting a rare 59 on the way to winning the Sony Open after taking the Tournament of Champions.

"I think that guys' careers are being extended a lot longer because of the way fitness has taken over", he said.

"If I think back to the days when I was in the other locker room downstairs there, I definitely looked up to all the people who were upstairs (in the champions locker room)". Not only does he bring a serious golf game, but he is just a genuine 20 something year old who enjoys what he does for a living.and does it extremely well!

Dustin Johnson: Big-hitting world No.1 Johnson comes into the Masters as the hottest golfer on the planet following three wins in as many starts in 2017, including two World Golf Champihsips events. In "86, Nicklaus" victory was widely unexpected, with the game's greatest two years removed from his last Tour victory and many figured the Golden Bear was well into his twilight years. Defending Masters champ Danny Willett is struggling, as is two-time Green Jacket victor Bubba Watson. U.S. Open runner-up Shane Lowry at 150/1 and Charley Hoffman, who finished T-9 two years ago at 125/1, are the two notables. "I wouldn't be a bit surprised to find him in contention".

The two-time Open victor refused to go into detail but revealed that he tries to help Johnson through the world number one's friendship with his son Gregory. "And if it doesn't happen this year, then I'll be ready the next year to do it". Just like that, he was on the way to a quadruple-bogey 7 that ensured it would always be one of those Masters remembered more for how it was lost than how it was won.

"I really haven't hit the ball very well this year, so it was nice to put it right into the place I want it".

"I know we take it for granted".

Spieth's enthusiasm got more pronounced when asked specifically what makes this course so appealing to him.

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To date, though, none of those have included the Masters where he has been sixth and fourth in the past two years. A year later, Fowler remains a top-10 player but is rarely mentioned in the conversation on the game's best. "There's some opportunities right at the end", said Steele.

While length off of the tee, scrambling around the greens, and putting wizardry are still essential skill sets needed to win at Augusta National, more of an emphasis on solid Ball Striking has emerged with the changes. Steele got into the Tournament of Champions with his qualifying win at the Safeway Open.

It's the first time since 1968 that three Canadians will play the Masters.

The first round tees off Thursday morning. Spieth looked like he was going to repeat in 2016 with a five-stroke lead entering the back-nine, but he imploded.

McIlroy needs to win the Masters to join Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Gary Player in having claimed all four major titles.

Don't be so sure, Rory McIlroy said.

Adding, "I was in a bad situation with my mum, but I'm here and that's what I've got to be thankful for".