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First Major is the US Masters and who will win?

We only have to wait another few days and we will be at Augusta for the US Masters, the first major of the year and in my mind the most enjoyable to watch.

I think the course plays a huge part in that as we all know it so well, and its the only major played at the same venue.We have seen so many past winners play the course, we know what can happen on the back nine on Sunday at the Masters!

Remember last year!

Phil Mickleson has won three times since 2004, Woods has won three times since 2001, his last win was 2005 in a playoff.

Four Europeans have won in the last twenty years, two South Africans in the last four, so to get a European win this year on current form looks a distinct possibility, but the americans do have a very good record, ten wins in the last twenty.

So who do I think will win, well Tiger does play well there and he is in form, so he must be in with a great chance, they do say horses for courses so Phil Mickleson must play a part , he seems to raise his game for Augusta, of the other Americans I think Keegan Bradley is worth watching, long hitter, putts well, also Brandt Snedeker has played well at Augusta, could Bubba eagle a few holes with drive and a wedge!

Of the Europeans Luke Donald must have a good chance, his short game and putting is superb and he has proven that he can win, Justin Rose has played so well of late, he can putt, his short game is very good and he has a lot of confidence and can keep a score going when not at his best..

Now we come to world number two Rory McIlroy, what a talent, long hitter, great iron player, putting hugely improved, and short game, has learnt how to win and is much more consistent than ever before, will last year effect him, well did it effect him at the US Open last year!

Last year he played so well at Augusta for three rounds that if he had putted reasonably I think he would have had a eight shot lead going into the last round, his tee to green play was so good.

If he plays his normal game he must have a great chance again.

Can I see Poulter, Casey, Garcia, McDowell or Westwood winning unfortunately no is the answer.

So my picks for the Europeans are, Donald, McIlroy and Rose. pretty obvious ones really.

US picks would be Woods, Stricker and Keegan Bradley .

Of the rest of the field, Adam Scott looks good.

So there we have it, I have tried to use form, gut instinct and some logic into this but as we know on the back nine on Sunday at Augusta anything can happen, and it probably will, that is what makes this event so special and why I will be watching to see who wears that green jacket come Sunday evening.

It is probably the most eagerly anticipated Masters for many years, Tiger on a comeback, and the young guns out to prove themselves. 


David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

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The Masters A Dream Come True!

Finally made it to Augusta National GC in Georgia for the US Masters, got my valuable tickets and can’t wait for April!

Have been watching the event on TV for so many years probably ever since I started playing golf, which is over thirty years ago now! I remember Coody, Aaron, Nicklaus, Miller, Weiskopf, Ballesteros, Watson, Zoeller, Mize, Norman, Player,Faldo, Floyd, Stadler, Crenshaw, Langer, Lyle, Woosnam, Couples, Olazabal, Woods, Omeara, Singh, Weir, Mickleson,  Z. Johnson, Immelman, Cabrera, Schwartzel,  B.Watson, and Scott!  Phew!!

Did I miss anyone out?

I will be there from when the gates open to when they kick me out of the grounds, I will be filming the best players in the world, at the most beautiful golf course in the world, the videos will all be going on my Youtube golf channel of course, for you to see at David Bown PGA.

I will of course be keeping you informed through my website and my blog as to the happenings around The Masters.

I really hope we get a fantastic finish with Rory, Tiger, Adam, Jason, all fighting for the lead on the back nine, Augusta usually has a grandstand finish.

Hope you all see the Masters this year on TV or in person, wherever you are and you manage to see it, it  will be full of tradition, colour, and excitement  amazing golf and tension, and I cannot wait to be part of it!


Happy Golfing




David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

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