When does the 2017 Masters golf tournament start? (TV, begin time)

He grew up at Augusta National. Speaking ahead of the Shell Houston Open, the two-time major victor felt he was not the favourite next week.

"I mean, the scheduling is a big part of (skipping the Match Play)". In addition, he's really heated up over the last month, posting top 10s at back-to-back WGC events.

The Shell is a hard tournament to research because if players feel their game is off, they might withdraw before the cut to get an early start on Masters prep.

Jim Herman is the defending champion, having claimed his first victory on the PGA Tour in Houston previous year at the age of 38, beating Stenson by one stroke. The Houston Open still includes Scott, British Open champion Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson. Nine-year-old Trevor Sikorski, a 3rd-grader from West Grove in Chester County, is one of only 80 kids in the entire nation - and one of the youngest - to qualify for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship Sunday at the Masters, just days before the major. It's a spiritual place for us to be able to go and just feel it. Designed by Rees Jones from scratch, the average winning score here in the past five years has been -16, and so if the weather stays fair as predicted another low one will be expected. He's still looking to stop a two-year winless drought and has always said he loves momentum going into majors. I mentioned this going back years: 'Dustin Johnson is probably the most talented player and it's a matter of time. He claimed one of his 13 PGA Tour titles at Houston in 2007, playing the weekend in 66-65 to beat Bubba Watson and fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby by three strokes. With the courses playing very similar, it seems like he's already found out how to score at them.

Day finished tied for 10th at last year's Masters.

The Houston Open has a good track record in throwing up winners without a ticket to Augusta. He hasn't finished better than 49th in a tournament since. In fact, only six of the last 11 Masters champs have played the week prior - almost split right down the middle. He ranks 26th in Par 4 Scoring, 32nd in Par 5 Scoring and 5th in Bogey Avoidance on the year.

Lowry, who failed to get out of his group at the matchplay, had not got Houston on his schedule and returned home to Dublin to continue his preparations for the Masters with a plan to fly back stateside on Saturday.

Danny Willett reflects on his memorable 2016 Masters victory in a Sky Sports special documentary - Steel Magnolia. He has reeled off three straight solid finishes, including a fourth, so he's caught fire at the right time.

He skipped it again past year, but this time around he followed Scott in bypassing a WGC start last week in Austin to make room for this event.

It wasn't that long ago that Jordan Spieth was looked at the near-unbeatable man, the player who should go on to win major after major and finally flip that chapter and move on firmly from the Tiger Woods era.

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