Ken Schofield is the former Executive Director of the European Tour and is in Augusta, Georgia this week for the 76th Masters Tournament. World #1 Luke Donald is not getting a lot of attention this week in The Masters and Donald is very deserving of the ranking that he has. The way he won at Disney late in 2011 is proof of what he can do and he held the spot for 40 weeks before losing it to McIlroy for two weeks. Donald even told McIlroy to enjoy while he could because Donald knew that it would be brief.
Lee Westwood has yet to win a Major and he is motivated this week by the fact that he is getting older and will not have as many opportunities to win Majors as the years go on plus he wants to equal the Major accomplishment of his good friend Darren Clarke who won the 2011 Open Championship.
Rory McIlroy has a way of relating to the fans that is similar to how Seve Ballesteros related to fans. Seve was called the Arnold Palmer of Europe and Rory has some of that appeal. When it comes to ball striking, McIlroy may be the most similar to 1991 Masters Champion and former World #1 Ian Woosnam.
He has always felt that Sergio Garcia is one the most gifted golfers in the world and he finds it regrettable that Sergio has never really had a great relationship with the Augusta National. Sergio certainly has the potential to play very well at Augusta National and if he can get past any issues he may have with the course, he could certainly contend to win.
The Masters is the first of the year’s Majors and it is always held in the great cathedral that is Augusta National which European players grew up watching on television. Europeans from Seve Ballesteros to Nick Faldo to Jose Maria Olazabal were inspired by these images and they went to Augusta and etched their names into history. The images have served to inspire Europeans more than pretty much any other event.