Four Aussies set for Masters showdown

Four Australians will tee it up at Augusta National this week in pursuit of the famed Green Jacket awarded to the champion of The Masters Tournament.

Jason Day is the only Australian winner on the PGA Tour so far this season emerging victorious in a marathon playoff over Swede Alex Noren at the Farmers Insurance Open, the Queenslander’s first event of the year.

Marc Leishman Marc Leishman is paired with Tiger Woods in round one

He followed the win with another strong performance quickly, a runner-up finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach tournament, reminding us all of the blistering 2015/2016 form he is capable of.

Marc Leishman enjoyed a standout year in 2017, winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational and BMW Championship on the PGA TOUR among a string of high finishes, leading him to be named the Greg Norman Medallist in November.

Of the four confirmed for The Masters, Leishman and Cameron Smith have the most golf under their belts so far this season having each teed it up in eight tournaments to date.

Leishman finished inside the top-10 in three of those tournaments, T7 in the Sentry Tournament of Champions, T8 in the Farmers Insurance Open and another T7 finish while defending his Arnold Palmer Invitational title.

The 2017 Australian PGA Championship winner Cameron Smith makes his second appearance at Augusta after sealing his place in the field courtesy of being inside the top-50 on the Official World Golf Ranking. A sterling performance to reach the quarter finals in the WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play Championship cementing his spot in the first Major of the year.

Adam Scott has had a mixed bag of results in the early part of 2018, two top-20 finishes combined with a missed cut, a T41 and T53 position in his first five events of the year.

However the 2013 Masters Champion has made no secret of the fact his focus is largely on the four Majors of the season; he was the highest finishing Australian last year, finishing T9.

Round One Tee Times (AEST)

  • Fri 12:42am – Marc Leishman, Tiger Woods, Tommy Fleetwood
  • Fri 1:04am – Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson
  • Fri 1:26am – Cameron Smith, Billy Horschel, Chez Reavie
  • Fri 3:38am – Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm

TV Coverage

The Masters will be broadcast live and ad-free on Fox Sports 507 with round one coverage beginning at 5:00am AEST.

Channel 9 will also broadcast all four rounds live free-to-air on 9Gem and 9Now with round one coverage beginning at 5:00am AEST.

Source – PGA Australia