Nicklaus backing McIlroy to seal career Grand Slam with Masters win

Bryson De Chambeau and his caddie Tim Tucker go over yardage

McIlroy has a spring in his step this week, having won The Players Championship at Sawgrass in the build up and recording seven top-10 finishes this year. "Hopefully I can play my best golf", said Li, who has been invited to play at the prestigious tournament for a second consecutive year.

Plenty of his peers agree.

A field of 72 of the world's top women amateurs competed last week in the 54-hole tournament, the first two rounds taking place at neighboring Champions Retreat before the top 30 played the final round at Augusta National - the club founded in 1933 that excluded women until 2012.

"I think we're really lucky that for the first major of the year, a lot of the main guys are playing really well", he told Express Sport.

"I have just kept going, doing what I've been doing all year, biding my time trying to hit good shot after good shot".

In all honesty, the 14-time Major victor hasn't really done much this year, largely in part due to a stone-cold putter.

He went on to lose to Bubba Watson in a play-off, but his preparations this time around have been solid and he could go one better at around 35/1.

More news: Final season of GoT set for over one billion viewers

Reed finished last year's event at 15-under to earn his first-ever major championship and green jacket, besting runner-up Rickie Fowler by just one stroke. There's so many different ways to do it and there's so many different things that you can do right.

"It's one of those weeks where anybody can win at any given point".

Since finishing 10 at The Masters a year ago, Johnson has won three tournaments, with the most recent triumph coming at the WGC-Mexico Championship in February.

"I think there's a very similar style of play during that week as there is here, and I'm looking forward to getting on this golf course where I don't feel so handcuffed that I can go ahead and let loose a little bit", said the 2013 Open champion. "So I just play my game and focus on my game", added the 23-year-old.

Woods, 43, admits he would never have foreseen the major drought that has followed his 14th major victory at the 2008 US Open.

"I don't think I've ever started a season this well", McIlroy, a victor of four majors with his most recent coming at the 2014 PGA Championship, was reported as saying by BBC Sport.

"I put myself in with a chance of winning the last two majors of previous year".

Related News:

Most liked

House to vote on net neutrality restoration tomorrow
Still, the effort to restore net neutrality could give Democrats political points on consumer protections. Instead, it cuts off public money for internet companies that don't engage in net neutrality .

New York City Declares Measles Public Health Emergency In Select ZIP Codes
It's not the first time a recent measles outbreak has circulated nearly entirely among the Orthodox Jewish community in NY . Schlesinger is trying to reverse false information being spread about the measles vaccine through the Orthodox community.

Uganda says arrests made for kidnapping of American tourist
Uganda Police Force spokesperson Fred Enanga said at a Monday press conference that he did not believe a ransom was paid. The two had been taken at gunpoint from their vehicle in Queen Elizabeth National Park last Tuesday, officials reported.

Scientists discover Cthulhu sea cucumber that terrorised oceans 430 million years ago
Preserved in a shroud of ash and calcite, the creature was capable of being digitally reconstructed on the inside and the outside. Researchers then scanned the photographs and used the digitized layers to reconstruct a 3D model of the miniature monster.

Trudeau defends Scheer lawsuit threat, says there are "consequences" for misleading Canadians
Philpott followed suit a few weeks after that, saying she'd lost confidence in the government's handling of the SNC-Lavalin case. She asked the Speaker to find that the PM had violated her Parliamentary privilege.

Former player announced as new Lady Vols head coach
The initial reaction has been mixed, as her recent success cannot be ignored, but nor can her underwhelming stay at NC State. According to multiple reports, Missouri State head coach Kellie Jolly Harper will be named UT's new head coach.

Magic Johnson's Wife Says He Has "No Regrets" About Leaving Lakers
Magic claimed he didn't finalize his decision until Tuesday morning. "But I knew I couldn't face her face-to-face and tell her". Buss tweeted her reaction at halftime. "I'm not talking about our organization, I'm talking about overall".

No decision until end of season, says Hazard over Chelsea exit
He said recently he was happy in Paris, so we must respect him, and his club. Maybe we have not had a good season, but we are all together in this".

Marvel Avengers Endgame new ‘Promo Poster’ reveals some details (SPOILER)
He told in a sit-down for Captain Marvel that there would be no announcements for "anything post Avengers: Endgame or Spider-Man [ Far From Home ] until post Endgame and Spider-Man".

No transaction with Venezuela until we’re sure of who is president
Pence urged the Security Council to act to end the Maduro regime and recognize Interim President Juan Guaido. In February, Venezuelan troops blocked US -backed aid convoys trying to enter from Colombia and Brazil.

F1 Preview - China Grand Prix
When asked which he would consider to be the better business proposition right now, he said: "I think I'd have to say Formula E. The country, which has a swelling number of motor sport enthusiasts, is a key market for F1's US-based owners Liberty Media.

Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa headline list of prospects attending 2019 National Football League draft
Admirably, Bosa is now keeping his political opinions to himself and is strictly focused on football. Nick Bosa has cut back his social media activity with one reason in mind: he may join the 49ers.

New Zealand votes to amend gun laws after Christchurch attack
We in this House are their voice. "We, in this house, are their voice and today we have used that voice wisely". All but one MP voted in favour (119-1) of a gun reform bill after its final reading in parliament.

U.N. says to hold Libya’s national conference as soon as possible
Rival leaders agreed a year ago to hold elections before December 10, 2018 under a French plan, but that vote never materialised. Russian Federation has been a key supporter of the militia commander, along with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

WikiLeaks says Julian Assange is being spied on in Ecuadorean embassy
Meetings with lawyers and a doctor inside the Ecuador embassy in London over the past year have been secretly filmed, WikiLeaks said.