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Wind picks up and Masters scores start to go higher

07 April, 2017, 02:29 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez

Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Masters before his first round on Thursday after suffering a back injury in a "serious fall" at his rented house in Augusta.

The big-hitting American walked from the driving range to the practice putting green, stating he was going to "give it a try" but informed tournament officials of his decision to withdraw from the year's first major moments later.

Here, Press Association Sport lists how the top ranked player has fared in the last 15 years. The original concept had as much to do with marketing because Palmer, Nicklaus and Player were managed by Mark McCormack at IMG and would travel the world competing in exhibitions. His management denied that he had been suspended.

For another favorite, 2015 Masters champion Spieth, the day turned sour on the back nine in a near repeat of the quadruple-bogey nightmare that cost him back-to-back titles past year.

The Masters should be the easiest to predict of golf's four major championships.

Telling were the comments Johnson had made on Tuesday, when he was talking about the state of his game after three straight victories.

While the Masters and host Augusta National Golf Club are outwardly old-fashioned, evoking a more genteel bygone era behind their manicured flowerbeds, tech free on-course experience (no cell phones or digital signage), and 1960s era food and drink prices, looks can be deceiving.

Hoffman had two bogeys in the first five holes, sandwiched around a birdie. "I really thought we had it going there". He's making the turn.

Every fan through the gate received a button that said, "I am a member of Arnie's Army".

The weather forecast for the region, socked by powerful storms two of the last three days, calls for cool, overcast skies and steady winds of 20-30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 40 miles per hour. So I feel like I need to snag something tomorrow. "But do it through patience and taking advantage of the par?5s".

"I was wearing socks and slipped and went down the three stairs".

However, the pre-tournament favourite was ultimately unable to commit to playing and duly shared his frustration with reporters.

"I don't think there will be a lot of scores under par, but some of these guys are so good that they will shoot under par", he said, predicting that the greens would be "very hard".


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