With the world’s finest golfers arriving at Augusta National Golf Club to compete in the 79th Masters Tournament, it might be a good idea to pay special attention to some of the finest young talent in the game.
This year, Americans Jordan Spieth (pictured above, photo by Chris Turvey), Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka will be among the favourites teeing up when play starts on Thursday April 9th. Australian Jason Day will also be hoping to build on his recent record at the Masters.
Can Spieth top his performance of last year?
Maybe it’s an idea to keep a special look at Spieth, finishing tied for second place in his Masters debut as a professional in 2014. He received worldwide recognition following his runner-up position, just three shots back from winner Bubba Watson.
The 21-year-old Texan was named Rolex Junior Player of the Year by the American Junior Golf Association in 2009 and topped the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking in 2012. He enjoyed a sensational breakthrough year last season, winning two PGA Tour events and representing Team USA in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, where he contributed 2.5 points.
Continuing fine form in 2015, Spieth returns to the Masters after recording his third Tour victory in March.
Fowler Top Five in every Major last year
Rickie Fowler finished in the Top Five of every Major throughout 2014 and will be looking to add a maiden title this year. Fowler has become a fan favorite at tournaments across the world with his innovative approach to the game and creative, energetic style of play.
Brooks Koepka will be making his Masters debut in only his third year as a professional. Elsewhere, Jason Day will be among the favorites on a course that has suited his game in recent years. The Australian finished T2 in 2011 and third in 2013 and will be looking to build on his Famers Insurance Open win in February.
This year, a lot of the experts expect to see current U.S. Open Champion, three-time European Ryder Cup winner and former World No. 1 Martin Kaymer aiming to add a Green Jacket to his already impressive list of titles.
Since his first Major win in 2010, the German has remodelled his swing to introduce a draw for a better chance of success at Augusta’s famous right-to-left fairways. His commendable innovation has resulted in a series of impressive wins over the past 12 months.