With Russell Henley’s victory at the Shell Houston Open yesterday, the Masters field is finally set at 94. One of the most exclusive fields in golf will once again host some of the best professional and amateur golfers in the world, in addition to past champions young and old.
While Tiger Woods will be noticeably absent again this year, there will be no lack of star power teeing it up beginning Thursday. Dustin Johnson, Rory Mcllroy, Jason Day, and Rickie Fowler will all look for their first green jacket. Jordan Spieth will look to crush the demon that was the 12th hole last year and win the Masters for the third time. Defending champion Danny Willett will look to join only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in going back-to-back at Augusta National.
One of the more unique things about the Masters is that past champions earn a lifetime exemption into the tournament. As a result, you have the old guys teeing it up with some of the top, young up-and-comers. 57 year old Fred Couples, 59 Bernhard Langer, 59 year old Ian Woosnam, and 60 year old Mark O’Meara will all tee it up this week as past champions. Couples will be competing in his 32nd Masters, while both Langer and O’Meara will be teeing it up at Augusta for the 34th time.
No matter who you are pulling for this week, golf fans everywhere can all agree on one thing: Masters week is here, one of the best weeks of the entire year.