US Masters Golf Tournament 2015

 

JOHANNESBURG 16:08 13.04.2015

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Masters Review 2015

The Masters 2015 has been a thrilling event! A Green Jacket has been presented to a brand new recipient in Jordan Spieth. The 21 year old has broken records and founded himself countless new fans after what was one of the greatest Masters victories of all time. Spieth could not be caught from the very first day, making him only the fifth golfer to win the Masters by leading from the first day to the last. Day one was certainly the winner for the young man from Texas as he finished off with an 8-under-par. The closest competitors on the first day were Ernie Els, Charlie Hoffman, Jason Day and (most importantly) Justin Rose who were all three behind at 5-under.

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Spieth opened the lead up on the second day by breaking the halfway record and sitting at 14-under-par. What surprised most about Spieth’s performance was the experience and discipline the young man played with. Every hole was measured, and Spieth would systematically land on the fairway neatly, before landing on the putting green and putting it in the hole. This is what has given him a record breaking 28 birdies in this year’s Masters. At the end of day two it was only Charlie Hoffman who stayed in touch at 9-under while Justin Rose was at 7-under.

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Saturday might have been considered a slip-up for the American if he had lost on Sunday after he made two bogeys in a row. He still ended the day 2-under-par though, which pushed him down to a total of 16-under par. Justin Rose’s brilliant display on Saturday would have had Spieth worried as Rose dropped to 12-under while Phil Mickelson and Charlie Hoffman prowled just behind the Englishman.

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Sunday was as clinical for Spieth as every other day, while Rose did well to catch the youngster. Spieth claimed a record-breaking 18-under low while Rose ended off at 14-under. An eagle by Phil Mickelson helped the American to equal Rose while world number one Rory McIlroy made brilliant work on his comeback and finished in fourth with 12-under.

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AUTHOR: Rhyse A Crompton    

JOHANNESBURG 15:28 08.04.2015

Masters Update 08.04.2015

If there is any golfer that has replicated the dominance and the expectation that a young Tiger Woods inspired in 1997 it has been Jordan Spieth. The young Spieth, born in 1993, was raised in Dallas and became US Junior Amateur winner in both 2009 and 2011. His junior golf prominence allowed him to enter a number of PGA events even before reaching college. It was when he was at the University of Texas that Spieth began his climb to becoming a pro golfer. After winning the NCAA Championship with his university team, Spieth managed to finish 21st in the 2012 US Open.

2013 was Spieth’s first year as a pro golfer and won his very first PGA Tour cup, the John Deere Classic. In the same year he was present at the PGA Championship. 2014 was an even better year for Spieth as he finished second in the Masters, the youngest runner-up in Masters history. Spieth also featured in the US Open where he finished 17th, and then just missed a top 20 finish in The Open Championship. Jordan Spieth is the youngest threat to Watson’s Green Jacket, but as we know the Masters brings out the best in younger players who are anxious to make it to the top.

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Another golfer to look out for at the 2015 US Masters is Henrik Stenson. The 39 year old Swede has quite the CV and is currently a PGA Tour and European Tour member. With 9 wins in the European Tour and 4 in the PGA, Stenson is looking for his first major trophy. 2014 was busy for Stenson when he finished T14 in last year’s Masters and T4 in the US Open. His best result to date has been his 3rd place finish in 2013’s PGA Championship.

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AUTHOR: Rhyse A Crompton    

JOHANNESBURG 15:20 02.04.2015

Masters 2015 Update

If Bubba Watson is the man most likely to win this year’s Masters, then Rory McIlroy is his biggest competition. The young Irishman already has one of the most impressive resumes in the world.

Rory McIlry was born to a family in Holywood, Ireland that was only just able to make ends meet, and it was his father’s passion for the sport that was rubbed off onto the young Rory. Becoming a member of the Holywood Golf Club his talents were recognised and he was signed as an amateur golfer for a number of tournaments including the Junior Ryder Cup. After winning the British Masters and numerous other European Tour events as well as the Open Championship amateur slot (at the age of 18), McIlroy was made a professional golfer.

Being either runner up or top 50 for a number of European Tour events in both 2007 and 2008, McIlro decided to join the PGA Tour in 2009. His talent caught the eye of a number of important people, while he entered the top 50 of the World’s Rankings. In the same year he played in his first Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship. Closely missing the PGA Champion position in 2010, McIlroy returned to the USA in 2011 to win the U.S. Open, his first Masters title. He then went on to take the PGA Championship in 2012 before winning the Open Championship in 2014. This makes him one of three golfers to win three Masters titles, and by far the youngest to do so. All that remains for McIlroy is the elusive Masters title.

McIlroy has often been accused of lacking consistence; however for a man with his achievements this is hardly fair. The man excels in all aspects of the game. He has a better than average drive, and has often excited his fans with his putting skills. Make sure to place your bets on Rory McIlroy for the coming Masters championship with BetXchange, your first choice in all your golf betting.

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AUTHOR: Rhyse A Crompton    

JOHANNESBURG 15:20 17.03.2015

Masters Golf 2015

April is just around the corner and the Augusta National Golf Course is just about ready to host the world’s premier golf event: The Masters. The ‘by invitation only’ tournament is one of the four major global golf tournaments, and because it is played on the same course year after year it has become host to a number of traditions.

The tournament is played over four days, and the final almost always lands on the second Sunday of April. This year’s tournament is held between the 9th and 12th of April. Each day consists of a single round. Where Round 1 and 2 (Thursday and Friday) hosts groups of three golfers playing 18 holes per day, a cut-off by Saturday usually cuts the field in half. By Sunday there is either a new winner crowned after 18 holes, or the remaining players enter a sudden death.

The world’s greatest golfers make their way onto the course to show us their genius strokes and tactics. The most valued player who will take part in the 2015 Masters is Rory McIlroy, the Irish born PGA and Open Championship title holder. With only an 8th place finish at last year’s Masters McIlroy will be hoping to add the Green Jacket to his wardrobe this year. But the favourite for this year’s Masters is the current Masters Title holder, Bubba Watson. The small-town American has won the Masters twice, and many believe he is most comfortable on the Augusta National.

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Other favourites include the Swede Henrik Stenson who finished 3rd at last year’s PGA, and Adam Scott, the Australian who won the Masters in 2013. Another golfer who has found success in both the U.S. Open and the PGA’s but not in the Masters is Martin Kaymer. The German golfer will be looking to turn his fortunes around in this year’s Masters. Other golfers which may end up surprising Masters fans are the Spaniard Sergio Garcia, England’s Justin Rose, USA’s Jordan Spieth and Jim Furyk, and the Australian Jason Day.

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