Dustin Johnson is wrong, but Rory McIlroy can be boosted by his new coach as The Masters looms up after the WGC Match Play Championship in Texas ends this week
- The countdown to the Masters has started after the WGC-Match Play Championship
- Dustin Johnson wants to get his Augusta National crown back next month
- Rory McIlroy enters the iconic golf event with a new coach by his side
- Sportsmail reviews the recent screenings of all this year’s Masters contenders
The last major dress rehearsal for the Masters next week is over, with the conclusion of the WGC-Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas.
So who left the self-proclaimed live music capital of the world with a song in their heart? And who was humming the blues?
Let’s take a look at some of the leading contenders for a green jacket and how they will spend their final week.
The WGC-Match Play Championship has come to an end and The Masters is upon us
The first thing he did after failing to get out of his group was get a late entry into this week’s Texas Open, which tells you everything.
DJ won the Masters in November while riding a wave of imperious form, but this time it’s different, with three great average performances in Florida and another in Texas.
A big week is coming for the number 1 in the world.
Dustin Johnson, the winner of the Masters in November, has just put in three great average views
Not many players win two weeks in a row, and the Players champion may have just been happy with a quiet event in Austin to get his feet back to the fairway for Augusta.
Will spend the week next to Rory McIlroy on the range in Jupiter Island, Florida, looking for consistency with his driver.
If you’re a top golfer and your wife is about to give birth anytime, a major can work in two ways. Either your concentration is shot, or you play with blissful freedom.
The Spaniard has said he will walk away from Augusta National if the call comes while he is playing.
Let’s hope nature is playing a ball this week and he can do a Danny Willett.
Jon Rahm’s wife was able to give birth during The Masters, which could distract the Spaniard
The Incredible Bulk may have been another high-profile American who failed to emerge from the group stage, but nothing that happened last week will have caused him undue concern.
In between protein shakes, he’ll be working on his master plan for the master, and how to have the last laugh after his disappointing show last November.
The Northern Irishman has never been afraid to spend hours playing, and he might feel like pitching a tent on the practice track to sleep in while trying to rediscover his old rhythm under new coach Pete Cowen.
Will there be grooves in his wedges by the time he reaches Augusta?
Rory McIlroy enters Augusta National with a new coach by his side in Pete Cowen
Spooking the entertaining Englishman, who played poorly in Florida and Texas, to make it into the rarefied company of the world’s top five after his January victory in Abu Dhabi.
It may well be that this week should break the habit of your life by spending quite a bit of time on the training ground.
Will still kick himself losing a quarterfinal to Billy Horschel he should have actually won.
Will be at his rental house in Isleworth, Orlando and, with his team on site, will look to build on all of Austin’s positives as there were clear signs of improvement.
Tommy Fleetwood will still kick himself after losing a quarterfinal to Billy Horschel