The calendar has turned to April, meaning that spring is officially here.
For us golf fans, that can only mean one thing, The Masters is upon us. The azaleas have begun the bloom, the pimento cheese sandwiches are being made, and come Thursday we will get a "hello friends" from Jim Nantz.
The first major of the year is upon us and it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. As always, the storylines heading into this week are plentiful. None are bigger though than two golfers that call our area home, heading down Magnolia Lane going in vastly different directions.
On one side, Jupiter Island resident Tiger Woods, who will be teeing it up in competition for the first time in two months and whose game is the biggest question of Masters week. When we last saw Tiger, he was walking off the course at the Farmers Insurance Open and his game was in complete disarray. He's been working on his game but hasn't played on the PGA Tour since. That will all change this week as he comes to Augusta and everyone will be watching to see what kind of shape his game is in and if he can contend.
On the opposite end is Palm Beach Gardens resident Rory Mcllroy. The World #1 comes to Augusta looking to complete the career grand slam as well as win his third consecutive Major Championship. His game has been suspect a little recently as well though. After winning and coming in second in the dessert in the Middle East, Mcllroy returned stateside for the Florida Swing and missed the cut at The Honda Classic, finished T9 at Doral, and T11 at Bay Hill but was never really a factor at either.
There are also the young guns looking to break through and get their first Green Jacket. Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka, Chesson Hadley, and Justin Thomas just to name a few. There are also some guys that aren't so young but are playing great as of late, like Jimmy Walker who's been on a historic run the past two seasons.
At the end of the day, no matter who we are rooting for, we call all agree on one thing. It's Masters Week, and one of the greatest weeks of the year.