DSPORT to telecast Augusta Masters in India

Sergio Garcia enters this Masters as the defending champion

"He's won 43 tournaments and five majors in the Tiger Woods era".

Phil Mickelson: Woods isn't the only legendary golfer who has had a resurgent season in 2018.

Jordan Spieth: Because he plays well at Augusta every time he competes. "They're playing extremely well and they love the course and they're going to do very, very well". With their competitive spirit over the last two decades, it's no surprise they weren't chummy for most of that time.

Never mind that Mickelson hit his opening tee shot at No. 10 behind a magnolia tree. A collision course is set between long-time greats and new stars. "If you do that enough times hopefully that score is the lowest come Sunday and you walk away with something you'll have the rest of your life".

"I don't think there's one clear-cut favourite", said Woods, who is vying to pull off a comeback that would rate among the greatest in sport. "That was some fun play". Woods and Mickelson were partners, and Woods intimated that they might have pocketed any money made from wagers.

But it's not just with Mickelson.

2002 (Win) ... Joins Nicklaus and Nick Faldo was only Masters champs to successfully defend. "Tiger and Phil seem like they've got a great relationship now and it's great to see", McIlroy said.

DSPORT to telecast Augusta Masters in India
DSPORT to telecast Augusta Masters in India

We all know that Tiger Woods isn't the same guy he used to be.

The victor of golf's last major, the US PGA, is Justin Thomas and the American, a childhood friend of Spieth, is arguably golf's hottest talent.

Perhaps, as Harrington suggested, he simply has mellowed. "In 2011, I didn't play the Par-3, and that was my best chance to win the Masters", Rory McIlroy said upon skipping the 2016 event. "This is just like a fraternity". He has 13 top 10s in 18 starts at Augusta and has finished outside the top 25 just once. These players, and all of us, have a memory bank at this place that's just not as deep at Oakmont or Oak Hill, or even Pebble Beach or Pinehurst. And finally, mistakes must be held to an elite-level minimum.

Fred Couples remains one of the most popular golfers on the PGA Tour, and the 1992 Masters champion is the favorite among seniors at +180 over Vijay Singh (+225) and Bernhard Langer (+225). Woods was found to have a mix of prescription pills to help with pain and sleep. And that's because, now more than ever, he knows he deserves to be there. The company said that with Woods golfing well this year, retailers are selling 15% more Bridgestone golf balls than they did over the same period last year. Mickelson tricked him into hitting the wrong club late in their match and took $500 off him. And that was their last practice round at a tournament - until Tuesday.

Harmon also worked with Mickelson for a period of time and believes he is riding a wave of confidence after winning the Mexico championship last month. When he turned the TV on that Monday morning, what he saw was pure magic: Woods' captivating chip-in at No. 16, followed by a win over Chris DiMarco in a playoff. He finished T-39 two years ago and then improved to a T-22 finish in 2017. To win a tournament like the Masters, those are exactly the types of things a player needs to be able to do. "So we had a bit of a laugh about that".

Each of the last six masters champions has entered the week ranked seventh or better in strokes gained tee-to-green.

It proves he's in top form and that his short game will be on point this week.