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Justin Thomas hits out of the bunker on the driving range during practice for the Masters golf tournament Monday

The Queenslander has previously expressed heartache at letting slip a two-shot lead on the 16th tee during the final round of the 2013 Masters, allowing countryman Adam Scott to end Australia's 77-year hoodoo at Augusta National. Let's take a look at our Free Picks for the 2017 Masters Golf Tournament.

It just didn't work out that way.

He watched the Golden Bear turn back the clock on the hallowed grounds and become the oldest Masters champion at 46 years, two months and 23 days.

A wasted trip? Not really.

"Obviously we still have to wait and see, but we feel much better about things", he said. I can kind of get back to physically just focusing on golf. From the professional tours, trending news, social media headlines and upcoming events, here's every golf-related thing you need to know for the morning of April 4th. Nothing seems to faze him.

As a spectator, his favorite spot was Amen Corner. After an indifferent spell, the 2015 champ has already enjoyed one victory on the PGA Tour this season, and if he can get close to the form of two years ago, when he tied Tiger Woods's record of -18, he'll be there or thereabouts come Sunday. There was only one way to find out, and he took care of that by qualifying.

Earlier this season, he claimed another big win in Qatar, which propelled him into the world's top-50, an achievement that belies his young age.

While length off of the tee, scrambling around the greens, and putting wizardry are still essential skill sets needed to win at Augusta National, more of an emphasis on solid Ball Striking has emerged with the changes. I can remember the golf course well and I think it's pretty cool that the victor gets to wear the green jacket.

"If I had to boil it down, I think it's just showing the course a little more respect", he said. But at the same time, if you look at my history there, I have made quite a few birdies and hit the green the majority of the time.

But that doesn't mean he's been disappointed. He also felt good about where his game is headed this year. "Yeah, I would have liked to have won more". Weir beat Len Mattiace in probably the most unlikely Masters playoff ever.

"I really thoroughly enjoy this place and this week", he insisted.

Fowler shot 80 in the first round at the Masters a year ago and missed the cut. Spieth is +500 to win the Masters.

No matter the friendship, some topics are off-limits. He's a former major victor (and Olympic gold medalist) who is among the best on tour from tee-to-green, he's got six top-25s in his last six Masters starts including a T-2 in 2015, and as Golf Channel's Justin Ray notes, no one has made more Masters birdies or eagles than Rose over the last five years.

Justin Thomas is slight in stature but huge in driving distance, an odd combination that has produced impressive form and a chance for even greater success at the Masters. "That's all I have to say about that".

"Ultimately I think I still would have played, but if it had come back another way my thinking would have been elsewhere", Day said.

After that, the forecast is for dry conditions at Augusta National, where weather has not suspended play since the third round in 2008 and not postponed a round since the opening round in 2003.

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