Like the PGA Championship, the Masters is adding a long-drive competition for 2017. Since 2012 the Big Three -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player -- have gathered on the first tee of Augusta National at the crack of dawn on Thursday of tournament week to officially open the Masters. Mr. Palmer will surely be missed this year, leaving Player and Nicklaus to kick off the festivities.
As you’ll recall, Jordan Spieth carried a five-shot lead into the back nine of the Masters last April. You’ll also recall he didn’t win the Masters, thanks in large part to a quadruple-bogey 7 on the par-3 12th after Spieth put two balls in Rae’s Creek. Spieth, who has a win and two runner-up finishes in three career Masters appearances, knows he is going to get peppered with a lot of questions at Augusta National about what happened last year instead of wondering if he can continue his impressive Masters career trendline this year.
Here is how things played out on Day 2 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, as 64 players take on Austin Country Club with hopes of advancing out of pool play: Group 1: Dustin Johnson (1) def. Martin Kaymer (41), 3 and 2: Coming off a 5-and-3 opening-round victory, DJ remained in good form against Kaymer, building a 4-up lead through seven holes and cruising to the finish line. Johnson needs only a half point Friday to advance to the knockout stage. Group 1: Jimmy Walker (18) def. Webb Simpson (58), 3 and 2: Walker stayed alive by leading the entire way against Simpson, who is eliminated after dropping to 0-2 for the week. Walker had a 1-up lead on 13 tee, but his par there was enough to