Dustin Johnson entering The Masters as betting favourite

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.

Dustin Johnson of the US skips a ball off the water on the 16th tee during Monday practice rounds for the 2017 Masters at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia, US, April 3, 2017.

Augusta famously does not relent its many secrets to newcomers, but Fleetwood is taking advantage of those who have gained knowledge of those iconic greens over decades.

Jason Day's status for the 2017 Masters was a little touch and go for a while.

"And I feel kind of a lot lighter in a sense that my mind is not weighing very much heavily on the situation that my mum was going through".

"I just wanted to say a quick thank you to not only everyone in the room here, through their well wishes and prayers, from peers to sponsors to, all the sponsors to fans; the amount of text messages and e-mails that I got and my agent got, I mean, it meant a lot", Day said Tuesday. "Game feels good", Spieth said. He is also buoyed by the return of star caddie Steve Williams. "Hey, it's tough out there, but I'm enjoying the ride".

More than a sandwich, the entire week is one to savor, Walker said. But how he handles them in competition this week will be a focus, especially if he is leading or in the hunt for a green jacket come Sunday.

There are few events in sports that are as storied as the Masters.

"My form has obviously been really good coming here". If I want to win here, everything is going to have to go well for me.

Over the weekend Day announced he felt he was in a better place and ready to play at the first major of season.

In other groupings, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama will set off with Rickie Fowler and Scotland's Russell Knox while Swedish world number five Henrik Stenson was paired with twice major victor Angel Cabrera of Argentina and England's Tyrrell Hatton. "But you can tell that it's kind of you just have to wait and see".

"Ultimately, I believe I'll be in that position again there, and I'll draw back on the positives and the negatives we've had at Augusta, and hopefully put on that green jacket again at some point".

Despite his hopes of playing in 2015, the game turned against the former English Amateur champion, who had slumped to a low of 188th in the world back in September. "That was my biggest memory of that point, because that moment, I thought, well, I want to get there".

And he's not the only triple victor this season, with world No.4 Hideki Matsuyama (one unofficial) and world No.8 Justin Thomas also in that club.

The oddsmakers do not seem anxious about any of last year's demons haunting Spieth at this year's Masters, which tees off Thursday.

While Johnson arrives with a spring in his step, Spieth is hardly looking forward to being reminded of his 2016 debacle, when he endured arguably the worst collapse in Masters history, giving up a five-shot lead over the final nine holes, due largely to a quadruple bogey at the 12th hole.



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