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Well here we are, the 2022 seasons first major of the year and the biggest event in professional golf. The Masters is the greatest show on grass (sorry Waste Management). The folks at Augusta National are the undisputed champions of hosting golf events; from course management to televised coverage it is top shelf. My memories of watching this event with my Dad on b&w TV (then color...woohoo!) are still fresh in my mind. I also recall us neighborhood kids playing whiffle-ball golf at our local park and arguing over who gets to be which player that day. As is always the case, the field is loaded with the tours best players. Hideki Matsuyama is expected to return to defend his title but his withdrawal from the Valero due to a neck injury adds a little drama. Regardless, he'll certainly host the champions dinner and my money says wasabi will be somewhere on the table. And, I'd be remiss not to mention the biggest storyline of Tiger not only showing up but planning to play. And why wouldn't he? The worst thing that happens is he has to WD. Between he, Bryson, and Hideki the tours Physical Therapists could be busy . It's almost certain the purse will be at least $11.5m (last years booty) but many believe it will increased this year. As of now, I've not been able to find an official statement on this - part of the events mystic perhaps? . The weather looks to be cooperating with early week scattered showers clearing out Thursday am and through the weekend. The damp conditions should leave the course a bit more vulnerable but, there are always those "mud balls" to deal with. So who will don the green jacket this year? Will Hideki repeat? Will Tiger do the unimaginable and lay claim to the biggest story in sports history? Will it be an event rookie or perhaps a long past champion? Don't forget to make your pick for this weeks winner https://runmypools.com/JRMPNWWF. Good luck!
Some finish in Phoenix, eh? Here's what Matuyama had in his bag... MATSUYAMA WINS IN PLAYOFF AT THE PHOENIX OPEN HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA â€“ February 8, 2016 â€“ SrixonÂ® and ClevelandÂ® Golf congratulate staffer Hideki Matsuyama for his victory at the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, in Scottsdale, Az. Matsuyama had to overcome a late two-stroke deficit in regulation play, finishing with back to back birdies to force a playoff on Sunday. Matsuyama carded a four-under 67 to finish regulation play tied at 14-under 270. Matsuyama ultimately clinched the win by tapping in for par on the fourth hole of a marathon sudden-death playoff. â€œIt was a blast playing in front of all these people,â€ said Matsuyama through an interpreter. â€œIt was a dream come true. Maybe from the outside I looked calm, but I was nervous inside. I played well all day long and so it just carried over into the playoff holes. I'm really happy that I won.â€ This Phoenix Open victory represents Matsuyama's second win on the U.S. PGA Tour, making him only the second Japanese player to earn multiple wins on the U.S. PGA Tour. Matsuyama, who finished tied for second at last year's Phoenix Open, earned his previous win at the 2014 Memorial Tournament. Matsuyama, who has also won six times on the Japan Tour, is now projected to rise to 12th in the world rankings. Matsuyama played with Srixon's new 4th generation Z STARÂ® XV ball with SpinSkinÂ® Technology, a Srixon ZR-30 driver (9.5Â°), Srixon Z-945 irons (#4-PW), and Cleveland Golf 588Â® RTXÂ® 2.0 wedges (50Â°, 56Â°, 60Â°). Matsuyama wears a Srixon hat, a Srixon glove, and carries a Srixon bag and umbrella. For more information on Hideki Matsuyama and the Journey to Better, please visit: http://srixon.com/thejourney/
Impressive performance by Hideki Masuyama at the World Golf Championships in Shanghai. Any time you whip the field by 7 strokes you know you've had a good weekend. Here's his WITB: Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha (9.0Â°) with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 TX Fairway: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 3-wood with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-9 TX Irons: TaylorMade M2 Tour 3-iron with True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue S400 SRIXON Z 945 4-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 Wedges: CLEVELAND GOLF 588 RTX 2.0 Precision Forged 52Â°, 56Â°, 60Â° with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 Putter: Scotty Cameron Timeless Ball: SRIXON Z-STAR XV Hat, Bag, Apparel, Glove and Umbrella: SRIXON I love the steadiness of Matsuyama's game -- he's a Major champ in waiting. Watch for him at Augusta...