Jordan Spieth must seize chance to arrest an alarming slide at Augusta | Ewan Murray

The Guardian - Apr 08, 08:00 GMT

The American is without a victory since the 2017 Open and serious questions will follow if he does not do wellThere is method in the madness of dodging Masters hype

The American is without a victory since the 2017 Open and serious questions will follow if he does not do well

There is method in the madness of dodging Masters hype. Patrick Reed, Sergio García, Danny Willett, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Ángel Cabrera and Charl Schwartzel would have been names etched on betting slips before claiming a Green Jacket but hardly on a basis that would trouble bookmakers. Recent history has told us to look beyond the pre-tournament noise, even if what Dustin Johnson could have achieved in 2017 remains anyone’s guess, after he was ruled out of Masters participation by a tumble down a flight of stairs.

In theory, the Masters should be the easiest of the majors to predict. Not only does it run with the smallest field, but a number of them can be immediately discarded as potential winners on the basis of age; see José María Olazábal, Fred Couples, Larry Mize, Ian Woosnam. The basic nuances of Augusta National also rule out many younger players.

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