Best of the best line up for Masters

2013-04-05 00:00

NEXT Thursday, the U.S. Masters begins and we are in for a very interesting tournament this year as the participants are the best professional golfers on the planet.

The current professional rankings show that 11 of the top 20 have not won a Major trophy, so don’t be surprised to see a first-time Major winner this year. One thing for sure is that whoever wins will have to putt well because the greens will be lightning-fast.

The Masters has the smallest number of entries compared to the three other Major tournaments.

Only 91 players are invited this year, plus the winner of this week’s Texas Open, although he may have already qualified to play. There is a lifetime invitation for previous Masters winners and there are 19 of them in the field this year.

The list of players has 44 Americans and eight South Africans, which is the highest number from any other country.

The great Jack Nicklaus won 18 Major tournaments and was runner-up 19 times. He is known as the best player of all time because of the number of Major titles he won.

The only player who can overtake Nicklaus’s haul of 18 is Tiger Woods, who currently has 14 Major wins. It is widely accepted that Woods is the best current player, and by a long way, but the only way he can be regarded as the best ever is to overtake Nicklaus. He will be desperately trying to win his 15th Major trophy and inch closer to Nicklaus’s record.

But can Woods win another Major this week? The bookies have him as firm favourite, having already won three U.S. PGA events this year.

The Masters is first of the four annual golf Majors and golf fans worldwide will be glued to their television sets. The real drama traditionally unfolds on the second nine of day four at Amen Corner, so don’t fall asleep in front of the TV because you could miss something dramatic like last year’s sudden-death playoff.

From the 19th hole:

A woman went to the doctor worried about her husband’s temper. The woman said: “Doctor, I don’t know what to do. My husband often seems to lose his temper for no reason and I’m worried.”

The doctor said: “I have a cure for that. When you see your husband getting angry, just take a glass of water and start swishing it around in your mouth. Just swish and swish, but don’t swallow it, until he either leaves the room or goes to bed and goes to asleep.”

Two weeks later, the woman went back to the doctor looking fresh and reborn.

The woman said: “Doctor, that was a brilliant idea. Every time my husband became irritable, I swished with water. I swished and swished, and he calmed down. How does a glass of water do that?”

The doctor says: “The water itself does nothing. It’s keeping your mouth shut that does the trick.”

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