The battle of the “J” in Augusta!

champion-titre-augustaThursday, the curtain rises on the 80th edition of the Masters, the first major of the 2016 season.

Another thing to remember. What! One Quebec in the history of the prestigious Masters had the chance to participate, taking the start three times, in 1935, 1936 and 1940. His name, the legendary Jules Huot, who stayed briefly in Magog. He was an employee of Dominion Textiles. Due to the absence of a golf course in Magog, Juot opted for a return to Boischatel, there or it debuted in the sport.

Treading the Augusta National course three times, Jules Huot had the opportunity to rub shoulders with Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarasen – witnessing the “double eagle” of the latter – in addition to having had the privilege of interact with co-founder Clifford Roberts. A feat in itself, that of Julius, although it is rarely mentioned. In reading the book of André Maltais, this golf legend was a “first class” at many levels.

Back on topic!

The battle of the “J”, styling this post revolves around two favorites, Jason Day, the new world number 1, and Jordan Speith, the defending champion. Speith does not attend as a tourist. He keeps his green jacket, but we all know it is not easy to successfully defend this jacket. Day, meanwhile, faira everything to retain his title of world number 1, a position that his friend and “advisor” Tiger Woods has occupied for weeks … and months!

Suppose I go a little further on the entry list – they are grouped in Augusta 89 – the possibility that one that attends one battle of “J” is thin, believe me!

Why the “J”

Day, he did not name as Jason and Speith, was baptized Jordan. And the third “J” was named after Justin Rose, eighth in the world rankings and 2nd last year at Augusta. It is a threat to the Masters. Another Justin Thomas that one, not in the top 10, but the young, in his rookie year at the Masters, has the talent to mix the cards.

If we end up with “J” on the front line, the “S” to watch Adam Scott who swept Florida as well as Eric Stenson, never far away.

I hope for you that you have on hand a “8½ x 11” sheet because the list does not stop there.

Bubba Watson would like to file another suit jacket in his closet, Dustin Johnson is still looking for a major. Rory McIlroy needs the green jacket to complete the Grand Slam. Rickie Fowler would be filled if he could relive his week of TPC 2015. Phil Mickelson looks confident. Louis Oosthuizen long flirted with the best. Matt Kuchar is a small local guy. Is the right Snedeker iron hot?

Golf fans are familiar there, parity has never been present at this moment across the world. Hardly a week passes without see a new face … and they are young!

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