Australians will never forget the thrill of seeing their man Adam Scott become the first Aussie golfer to don the famed green jacket as he won The Masters in 2013. It’s most Australian golfing fans’ favourite week. It entails late nights, often bitter disappointment and the obligatory late start to work on Monday as you watch the concluding stages of this epic tournament.
The first of the year's major championships, the Masters is the only major played over the same course every year. The gorgeous Augusta National layout proving the perfect venue for the staging of this famous and most dramatic of events. In 2016, defending champion Jordan Spieth held a five shot lead at the half way point of the final round but bogeys on 10 and 11 and an unbelievable 7 on the par three 12th, saw him drop to 4th place and he wasn't able to recover. Meanwhile England's Danny Willett recorded a flawless closing round 67 to win his first major title.
Five Australians were expected to compete at Augusta National in 2017. While a cloud of doubt hung over World Number 3 Jason Day’s participation, the Queenslander was spotted at Augusta National fine tuning his game ahead of The Masters while his mother, Dening Day was at his home in Ohio undergoing chemotherapy.
Adam Scott was also practicing at Augusta National after he missed the cut at the Shell Houston Open.
Marc Leishman went into The Masters in the best form of any of the Australians after his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA TOUR this year.
Rod Pampling made the drive up Magnolia Lane for the first time since 2007 while Curtis Luck made his debut thanks to winning both the US Amateur Championship and Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.
However, at the end of the day it all came down to a race between Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose, which ended with a thrilling victory for Sergio. He made his way to the playoff and after a dazzling display of skill and composure, he managed to roll in a 15 foot putt to win the event. It took him a while to win the first major title, but it was a well deserved victory that the fans were anxiously waiting for.
Sergio Garcia was amazing throughout the tournament, so his victory wasn’t exactly a huge surprise. Even so, for Justin Rose, finishing in the second place was rather disappointing, since he was just a few holes away from victory. He was constantly ahead of the pack and had Garcia trailing at a short distance, but the Spaniard kept his cool and managed to push the game into overtime.
Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose spent most of the time in the spotlight, yet other golfers stood out from the crowd. Kuchar was among those who impressed with a stellar performance and he fully deserved his shared fourth place. At the opposite end of the spectrum was Rickie Fowler, who started among the favorites but finished outside top 10.
Ahead of the 2018 event, golfers all over the world will keep a close watch on Masters Golf odds as they attempt to back a winner for this most prestigious of sporting events.