Rory McIlroy spent a few days earlier this week at the Augusta National Golf Club and, out of tradition, out of sight, playing independently on the course, hoping to gain more knowledge for the instructors.
Tiger Woods was there testing his right leg, ankle and ankle. So was Justin Thomas. And past Masters champions Patrick Reed and Dustin Johnson.
This is an annual spring ceremony. Not just the Masters themselves, but the willingness to race and the willingness to go to the game. Eligible players are allowed to play during training sessions at any time the club is open. Some benefit more than others.
Collin Morikawa doesn’t go at all and chooses to do all of his major championship preparations during the race week on site.
At Augusta National, one of the most prestigious gaming courses and masters houses since its founding in 1934, there is always something to learn.
Morikawa, who is only 25 years old and holds two major titles in his honor, has already learned a little from his two master shows.
Morikawa, who graduated from T44 and T18, said, “The first two years, when I was there, I tried to play a doubles game and obviously it’s not me.” t. I’m 100 percent sure that throughout my career you don’t have to play a draw in every hole.There are some holes that you absolutely have to draw or break the ball, but there are holes where it’s the right way is.
“I tried to be super neutral or almost a bit dull when I didn’t need to. I could point to the left and play my cut. It forced me to take these shots that weren’t comfortable with them and I didn’t know my misses and then my misses got even more spread and it just made the game of golf harder. I have to be strong in my strengths. ”
Lesson learned. And that’s good for other players starting the Masters tour: it’s best to stick with what you know best.
But there are other nuances for Augusta National that take time. It is no coincidence that the only participant in the first Masters, who won the first two years in 1934 and 1935, was Fuzzy Zeller in 1979.
And he needed Ed Sneed’s misfortune in scoring the final three holes to make it to the playoffs.
Jordan Speett finished second in his first attempt in 2014 and won the following year. Woods only won in his third attempt and his first as a professional. It is not impossible to play early in Augusta. But history is the opposite.
Brooks Koepka, who has played in six Masters, finished second with two top 10, including in 2019 in the Woods. green seems like they’re not the best place to lose it, but they really are. I’m not saying there is reform, it’s just about understanding where to lose it. The more you play, the more you just don’t want to be there for a short time. ”
Will it take time to explore those places?
It depends on who you ask.
“I think you learn something new in every round of the game,” Victor Howland said.
“I feel like I’ve done my homework really well and I’ve played with the right guys in training sessions,” said Thomas, who has a top five finish in six Masters games. “I chose the right brains for the guys. And honestly, I feel that all my performances in Augusta are just because of their poor performance.
“I feel very confident that I know how to move around and I know how to hide, where to hit, where to go, play through holes with certain wins and so on. But I have to give up from a distance. It’s the week and it’s just about hitting those putts or hitting those shots when you really need it and I think that’s why I’m having 10 to 25 hits instead of a few hits. ”
Matt Kuchar, who is not on the field this year but has competed in the 15 Masters, said he is often surprised when players get more out of it than necessary.
“As for the course knowledge, the distribution of the courses, I don’t think it’s that hard to learn,” he said. “I think most people know 99 percent of it without going to the property. When you do it for the first time. And you take a local card with you and learn where not to lose it, at every turn.” hole, it’s very simple.I don’t have anything unique that comes to me.
“I think it’s really hard to try to prepare for the race, because the course changes drastically. Even from Monday to Thursday. So there’s a lot of preparation that isn’t ready. The only real preparation is this week of the race where you can. do all righteousness. ”
This does not allow players to go to Augusta National early. Undoubtedly, part of it is due to the great privilege that it is only the ability to enjoy the property, whether it is standing in booths, eating at a club, visiting a wine cellar or just playing in a Par-3 course.
A better understanding of the course will definitely help, but real knowledge will come through the race week.
“For me, it will never be old,” said Louis Oosthuizen, who lost to Bubba Watson 10 years ago in the Masters playoffs. “Driving in Magnolia Lane never gets old. Every time, I feel that kind of sadness. It’s a different feeling. And it’s so beautiful.”
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