The 2015 Masters Tournament starts 3 p.m. Thursday at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
Last year, Bubba Watson won the Masters and took home his second green jacket. Tiger Woods is back in the tournament this year, after last competing in the 2013 Master’s. Woods has won the Master’s four times.
Marshall men’s golf head coach Matt Grobe said during the last 10 years, Woods has developed into a polarizing figure.
“I think you’ve got a lot of people out there that are going to root for him not to play well,” Grobe said, “and you’ve got a lot of people out there rooting for him to play well. I really hope Tiger comes back and plays well because I think it’s better for the golf business.”
Grobe said other than Woods he is looking toward J.B. Holmes, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson to make some strong finishes.
Grobe said McIlroy has pressure on him because he is trying to win all four of the men’s major golf championships this year.
Sophomore Marshall golfer Will Evans said he would like to see Jordan Spieth take home a green jacket this year.
“He’s one of the young guns out there,” Evans said. “He’s playing really good golf right now and he’s one of my favorite players to watch.”
Evans said he looks forward to watching the Masters tournament every year.
“I love watching all four days of it,” Evans said. “But those last nine holes, you can’t get any better than that in the sport of golf.”
Grobe said improving in this sport is an every day process.
“I think that the ones who seem to be successful at that level are the ones who wake up every day and try to be better than they were the day before,” Grobe said.
Based on last year’s winnings breakdowns from CBS Sports, the top 50 finishers will take home some part of the $9 million prize money.
The first two rounds of the tournament will be televised on ESPN and the last two rounds will be on CBS.
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