There's new Woods at Augusta, with Mickelson along for ride

Special place The entrance to Augusta National in Georgia

Special place The entrance to Augusta National in Georgia

"It's just a matter of how I'm going to feel on Thursday, and how the nerves are going to be, because I know I'm going to be a little bit nervous".

"And I think it's just age as well".

Using scoring average and strokes gained as a base for each golfer's projected average score per round, and then adjusting for the difficulty of Augusta round by round - for example, golfers averaged nearly three strokes over par in Round 1 in 2017 but improved that to par in Round 4 - Johnson can be expected to finish 16 under this weekend at Augusta. When Tiger Woods takes off his hat after a round, there's a pronounced bald spot in the back and Phil Mickelson looks, well, like a guy should look as he approaches the half century mark in life.

He got sort of close on April 3. He is one of my favorites going into the event just slightly behind Justin Rose and Paul Casey. Johnson also leads the PGA Tour in bounce-back percentage (39 percent), the percentage of time a player is over par on a hole and then under par on the following hole.

"His presence here is going to be huge this week", said Faldo. "It just means that if there's 5,000 ways to play one regular course, there's probably about 50,000 ways to go around Augusta National, and that's the beauty of it".

It's by far the most prestigious tournament of the golfing calendar, and one that the former world number one has won four times.

While Thomas has won twice this season and lost in a playoff once, fellow 24-year-old Spieth hasn't won since last July's British Open.

The first two rounds of the tournament will be held at nearby Champions Retreat Golf Club. "We need him to play well", said the Black Knight himself, Gary Player. "He's been unbelievable and very inspiring".

Ridley also addressed the topic of fan behavior, which has become a hot topic on the PGA Tour.

"I think that nobody respects and appreciates what he's done for the game more because nobody's benefited from what he's done for the game of golf more than I have", Mickelson told gathered reporters on Tuesday. "He's definitely proven he can win". Because of the time difference, his parents taped the final round and sent him to bed. "A year ago has nothing to do with anything happening right now".

England's Justin Rose, the Olympic champion, was runner-up to Spaniard Sergio Garcia a year ago and was also second in 2015 and should be in the mix, while world No. 2 Jon Rahm of Spain has form, if not Masters experience.

Johnson responded that the club would not be made to change its policies "at the point of a bayonet".

And no target is more tantalizing than Woods once again playing at his best. Sharma, like many Indian kids, grew up playing cricket and soccer. It has more courses.

"But most importantly, I want to stay here", he said. "When he plays professional golf and he plays at a level we are used to seeing him play, people watch".

"That's what we want - we don't want an asterisk by it and say everybody played bad so you just won", said Watson, who was almost flawless in his ball-striking in winning the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play two weeks ago.

Although he's taken a businesslike approach, he's had plenty of awe-inspiring moments: standing on the first tee for his first shot; playing Amen Corner for the first time; taking part in the tradition of skipping a ball across the par-3 16th; and making the drive down Magnolia Lane. But that experience will stand him in good stand for an assault this year - as long as he can harness that fiery Spanish temper into focused aggression - which is exactly what is needed to win here. You can use its channel lookup tool to see if you get a live feed of CBS and the other local networks in your zip code.

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