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It’s finally arrived – my favourite weekend of the year. For me, nothing comes close to ‘Masters Sunday’ as a sporting occasion – I have ‘booked’ the TV for the entire weekend and it will be spent watching the golf.

WHO AM I BACKING?

I don’t bet a lot, but there’s something about Masters weekend which brings out the gambler in me – so much to the extent that I have backed half the course! I fancy Tyrrell Hatton (66/1), Rickie Fowler (22/1), Matt Kuchar (45/1), Henrik Stenson (40/1) and Justin Rose (14/1) to all be up there come the final round on Sunday. After Ian Poulter’s miraculous victory last weekend at the Houston Open to secure a last-minute invite to Augusta, I think you would be a fool not to back the “fairy tale ending” - especially at 55/1.

But who do I think will actually win? I am going for DJ (Dustin Johnson) – he’s World No.1 for a reason and is always there or thereabouts – he goes into this tournament with less pressure on his shoulders than some of his fellow pros (Woods, McIlroy, Thomas to name a few) and I think this will most certainly play in his favour.

WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL?

I appreciate that a lot of people find golf boring – I’ll be honest, before I took up playing in my early teens, I also found it extremely dull to watch. But once you’ve picked up a club and realised just how difficult it is to play well, watching the pros do it on TV is a pleasure. 

There is something particularly special about The Masters:

1)      The Course – unlike any other Major, Augusta National is forever constant. The picturesque setting has played host to some magical moments, as well take its fair share of victims, such as Rory McIlroy (2011) and Jordan Spieth’s (2016) back 9 collapses in recent years.

2)      Masters Moments – there are so many to choose from over the years, including Tiger’s famous “Impossible Chip Shot” in 2005, Louis Oosthuizen’s Albatross in 2012 and Bubba Watson’s famous recovery shot to beat Oosthuizen in the 2012 play-off.

3)      TV coverage- he’s been involved in his fair share of controversy, but there is no doubting that Peter Alliss is the voice of golf. Alongside Ken Brown and his iconic ‘Ken on the Course’ feature on BBC, this adds to what makes The Masters so special.

I’m hoping for a late one on Sunday night, and of course, a British winner to talk about in the office on Monday morning. What is guaranteed is a thrilling 4 days of world-class golfing entertainment – I can’t wait!

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