Back 9 Report Talks Masters

By Fred Altvater on Thursday, April 9th 2015
Back 9 Report Talks Masters

Kieran Clark joined Carlos and Fred for a complete Masters Preview on the Back 9 Report.

The 111th ranked Tiger Woods is making his first start on tour since February, while No. 1 in the world Rory McIlroy is trying to become only the seventh player in the history of golf to win a career grand slam at the Masters this week.

The guys tackled the question, Why has the Masters become the most highly anticipated golf tournament in the world? Tradition, History, Beauty, plus the aura of Bobby Jones and Augusta National all play a big part in that discussion.

From the Par-3 contest on Wednesday afternoon, or Palmer, Player and Nicklaus striking the first tee shots early Thursday morning, to the donning of the Green Jacket on Sunday evening, the Masters, more than any other tournament holds their traditions sacred. 

Arnold Palmer, still recovering from a dislocated shoulder, will not play in the par-3 tournament this year, but he will be on the tee as an Honorary Starter Thursday morning. Steve Stricker will play this week and is recovering from back surgery at the end of the year.

Everything Masters was discussed, from the greats who have won to the players who have failed to capture a Green Jacket.

The favorites to win this year include, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Jimmy Walker. Others with an outside chance, Louis Oosthuizen, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.

The Par 5 News featured pieces on the secret ESPN player survey, that named Bubba Watson as the least liked player on tour. The severe drought in California is affecting golf courses, Jordan Spieth is earning big endorsement dollars, the Chinese central government is cracking down on golf courses and Phil Mickelson and Stacy Lewis are starring in KPMG commercials together.

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