This week's Master's Golf Tournament marks the 40 year anniversary of Jack Nicklaus' historic 6th and final green jacket title as well as the 30 year anniversary of Greg Norman's unforgettable collapse in the 1996 Masters' which famously was followed up by a record setting performance in the next year's championship by who now is a legendarily famous fellow by the name of Tiger Woods.  Woods himself will not be in the field of this week's Masters' tournament, the four time Masters champ is still sidelined recovering from multiple back surgeries since his last tournament appearance in August of last year. 

Despite Woods' absence, this year's Masters' promises to be as good as ever, 2015 PGA championship winner Jason Day is red hot while defending champion Jordan Spieth is also a heavy favorite.  Among others, Adam Scott of Australia is the leading money leader heading into this week's Masters' PGA major event and has won the championship before.  Also in the field and a favorite to win is Bubba Watson who has won twice, Watson's shot shaping versatility and long distance capability is certain to make the two time champ a factor this week.  Not to be counted out is Phil Mickelson, who is hoping to boost his major championship resume' with a win this week, the three time Masters' champ and five time major winner (Mickelson won the British open title in 2013)  has been playing fairly well lately and very well could make a run at the title.  Another likely pick though not an overly heavy favorite is Rickie Fowler who has won 3 times internationally in the past year including his breakthrough win at last year's Player's Championship.

Whatever happens this week is sure to be plenty exciting.  Tiger Woods attended the players dinner and seems to have gained motivation watching from the sidelines, Golf Channel has reported that Woods has started hitting Drivers at his home course driving range at Medalist Club which is a step up from only chipping and putting practice that the 14 time major champ has been confined to since being injured.  The first few days are forecasted to be windy which will keep scores low while the final round on Sunday is predicted to be a gorgeous day ideal for better scoring, a record setting performance by one golfer or another may not happen but Sunday's finish promises to be yet just one more Masters that every golfer and golf fan will cherish and enjoy as scores likely will be tight and bunched around the even par mark when the eventual green jacket champion of 2016 is crowned.

Published by Ville Iso-Ahola