Day, Spieth, Scott and McIlroy set for Masters showdown
Rory McIlroy targets the green jacket.
World number one Jason Day, defending champion Jordan Spieth, form-finding Rory McIlroy and a host of past winners are converging on Augusta National with sights set on a champion's green jacket.
The 80th Masters tournament begins on Thursday with Australia's Day, fresh off triumphs at the World Golf Championships Match Play and Arnold Palmer Invitational, trying to win his second major in a row after taking his first at last year's PGA Championship. "It's one tournament that I've always wanted to win," Day said. "I've always wanted to put the jacket on and go back every year. So the motivation and the want, there's no problem.
"It has been good for me confidence-wise over the last two weeks. But it is going to be a tough one. It's great to go there as number one. It's something I'm definitely going to be embracing. It will be fun to walk through the gates as number one in the world." Day, who shared second at the Masters in 2011 and took third in 2013, leads a wide open field including 22-year-old Spieth, a wire-to-wire winner last year who matched Tiger Woods' 72-hole tournament record, and McIlroy, who would complete a career Grand Slam with a Masters triumph.
"I've got to understand there's going to be a lot of hype around Jordan. There's going to be a lot of hype around Rory, because he could finish his career Grand Slam. There's going to be a lot of hype around myself. Embrace it.