Golfing World News - April 10

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Well after much talk about Tiger’s back, Phil’s side, world number ones and a record number of rookies we’re finally here; it’s day one of The Masters.

Now in what has become something of a tradition the big three; Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player and will tee it up as the honorary starters here at 7:40am local time shortly followed by Stewart Cink and Tim Clark getting things off in earnest five minutes later.

Now it takes an average of six times to crack Augusta to win your first green jacket and one man who’ll be gracing these greens for the sixth time will be Louis Oosthuizen.

Just pipped by Bubba Watson in 2012, he’s missed the cut on all four of his other appearances so what hole is it that troubles the South African the most?

"The most difficult hole is probably, let's say the beginning of 'Amen Corner', the eleventh. You know, your round can go very bad there, or you can put yourself in a really good position, going forward with two par fives to come. But yeah, eleven is always a good hole and ten is also tough, but there's not many easy holes at Augusta, but I think eleven probably stands out a little bit."

Well we don’t know who’ll be wearing that green jacket on Sunday but winner in the nice guy stakes has to be Kevin Streelman.
Playing in his third appearance at the tournament, Streelman offered up a couple of spare tickets for yesterday’s practice round after his mum and dad couldn’t make it.

And the winner was Harrison Stafford, who chose to bring his mum along for the day. Lucky them.

And finally, I did promise you my picks for The Masters so while many are going for Rory McIlroy or Phil Mickelson, I’m going to choose Brandt Snedeker.

The American is looking for his first major and what better time to add to his 2012 FedExCup title. The guy has been in contention here before; he came tied third in 2008 and tied sixth last year. He’s also a pretty good putter, one of the best on Tour and we all know you’ve got to be able to cope with the Augusta greens to stand any chance of winning a green jacket and my sources tell me he’s picking at just at the right time.

Now for my outsider I did want to choose a European but I just can’t look past Angel Cabrera - the guy loves this place. He’s played in 14 Masters and made the cut on 11 appearances, even winning the green jacket in 2009. He’s played in the final group on Sunday on numerous occasions, he came seventh in 2011 and, well, we all know what happened here last year so if you want some good odds he’s my man.

Now let us know your picks online using the #GWTV and you can find us Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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