Johnson, McIlroy head crowded cast of Masters contenders

The 23-year-old said he was not anxious about last week's missed cut in Houston hindering his chances at Augusta National.

"Everything's got to be working this week, just like any major", Johnson said of his chances this week. You're going to have to settle for bogeys here and there. That s what it takes to win. "You don't need to come out and shoot 65 the first day but you're better off shooting something under par".

Those two shots, the first time he has played the hole in front of a crowd since a year ago, could prove just the tonic for the former world number one as he chases a second Masters title.

"And it is very easy to get out of being patient on this golf course", he said.

Johnson climbed to the top of the world rankings earlier this year following a stellar 2016 season in which he won the U.S. Open, and the American has triumphed in his last three tournament appearances this year.

Some people relish the hard conditions, including Aussie Marc Leishman, who shared fourth in the 2013 Masters. Day, understandably, putting his golf game on hold to support mom, Dening. And while a fourth straight win would be impressive, it's important to recall the words of Johnson's former caddy Bobby Brown, who said "He's not the most dedicated player on the planet ..." Same goes for this week. "I really want to share that experience with Mac and Caroline".

"I ve got a lot of confidence in my game right now, especially with the way I ve been playing the last few tournaments".

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Collins, Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams and Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks all had four fouls by that point on the clock. Josh Perkins, UNC's Joel Berry, and Jordan Mathews teamed up to hit a trio of three-pointers on consecutive possessions.

"There would be nothing better than winning a green jacket", McGirt told The Robesonian.

Day broke down in tears on the 18th green following his victory at Whistling Straits and predicted an even more intense reaction if he can follow in the footsteps of compatriot Adam Scott and claim a green jacket. "You have to slug the uphill (putts) and just look at the downhill (putts). Some days I would wake up and I would feel really, really bad and sad about what's going on with my mom and other days I would wake up and then I would start feeling guilt because I don't think -- I didn't feel like I was feeling bad enough for the situation that my mom was going through".

"I ve always liked the course".

"I thought maybe that might give me some vibes", Fleetwood said.

"I haven't played a lot this year and I haven't played at my best, but my mind this year has been all about peaking here".

"I know everybody makes mistakes", Johnson said.

Part of Johnson s work ethic comes from his father-in-law, ice hockey icon Wayne Gretzky, the NHL s all-time leading scorer. "Practically everything. The only thing I haven't done is showered in front of you guys yet".

"I feel for him", O'Meara said after speaking to Woods at the Champions Dinner at Augusta.