Masters Golf 2019 Live: The world’s best golfers this week descend on the sport’s greatest stage, Augusta National, to contest for the green jacket.
Tiger Woods is back as a serious contender for the first time in over a decade, while Rory McIlroy looks to complete the career Grand Slam before turning 30 next month.
Londoner Matt Wallace will make his debut at Augusta, while fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood seeks a first major title.
Ryder Cup hero Francesco Molinari is in fine form following a first major title at the Open Championship last year, though his best finish at The Masters, a tie for 19th, came back in 2012.
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Defending champion Patrick Reed, who will return his green jacket after a year-long tour, comes back to Georgia struggling for form, with just three top-10 finishes in the 23 PGA Tour events he has played since his victory in 2018.
Standard Sport will bring you LIVE coverage throughout the four days at Augusta…
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Could we see first Monday finish since 1983?
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Set to be the best conditions of the tournament, with a light wind in the morning and an average temperature of 28˚C.
Now it gets trickier, particularly for the later starters. Showers from early afternoon to go with temperatures of 30˚C and there is a chance of thunderstorms.
Conditions for day three look slightly better with less chance of rain than day two, but again thunderstorms are possible and winds are set to pick up.
Showers likely early on and thunderstorms are forecast after 2pm. If play cannot continue they will finish on Monday, when conditions are set to be perfect.
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Writing in his Evening Standard column ahead of what will be his debut Masters, Matt Wallace has admitted that Augusta is ‘so much better than I could have imagined’
Anyone can win the Masters. If you’re in the field, you have a chance.
I’ve spent the past few days tapping into the knowledge of those who have won at Augusta, from practice rounds with Sir Nick Faldo to playing the Par 3 event with Danny Willett yesterday.
When Danny won the Masters in 2016, not many people fancied him to do it but he was in the top 10 of strokes gained in approach play, so statistically he should have been among the favourites. And amid all the pressure, he pulled it off.
I chatted to Danny (right) about it and we talked again yesterday as I tried to get as much information as I can. It clearly worked as I won the Par 3 thanks to that hole in one on the eighth. The event is such a cool tradition but it’s done now and my mind’s on round one.
Being at Augusta is what you dream about. I remember trying to get tickets in the ballot with my dad, we missed out and I always thought that was my chance gone of being here in any capacity. But driving up Magnolia Lane for the first time in the rain on Sunday, I was just speechless. It was so much better than I could ever have imagined and, by Amen Corner, I was playing in pure sunshine, and this place is beautiful.
It’s crazy for me. I’m just Matt Wallace from Pinner and here I am, and the mad thing is that I deserve to be here.
I’m 36th in the world, I’m here by right, and I believe I have as good a chance as anyone. Even in practice, I struggle not to play with huge intensity, which is why Sunday’s round with Sir Nick was so important.
I went out just with the idea of enjoying a round of golf, simply to soak up the atmosphere. So many things he said have stuck with me, perhaps most of all when he spoke about playing with Tiger Woods in 1997 when Tiger won. They played together and he honestly said he didn’t watch Tiger play once until a chip on the 12th. What followed was then over a decade of the Tiger show.
But you have to think that whoever you play with, however big the name, they don’t care about me so I can’t care about them. As bad as it might sound, that’s the reality.
As for tackling the course, approach play is so key that the first port of call is to get the ball in the middle of the fairway, and that suits my game. Drive the ball well and you have chances to hit the positions you want to.
Similarly, I know it’s possible to reel it back if you have a bad start here. In India — where I won at the start of last year — I was three over after eight holes but I managed to finish three under for the round.
My caddie, Dave McNeilly, said that India is the closest course to the Masters that he’s been to so I draw a lot from that.The key is to feel relaxed and I’ve got my team with me and my girlfriend, Chelsie, who caddied for me in the Par 3 event.
People know I love my food and wine, and my manager Chubby Chandler has a big house this week so he’s been inviting a few people over for dinner. It’s been a good chance to see some familiar faces and some new ones as well, and to have fun and switch off from the golf. On the course, I feel good. I’ve had a four-week spell of some decent golf with a few little changes to my swing. I got myself into contention at Bay Hill but maybe it’s a good job I didn’t win there. This is the one I want to win, growing up it was always the Green Jacket and The Open.
At Bay Hill, I put myself in a position to win against the best players in the world. It didn’t quite come off but it has given me confidence.
What would be enough here? If I play well, honestly, I’ll be happy.
The past few days have been hard work but I’m excited on the eve of the battle. It’s going to be fun.