"I genuinely believe there could be a British winner of the Masters this week. In fact, any British player in thefield tomorrow can win it. It shows the strength in depth we havein Britain and Ireland. Tyrrell Hatton is having a brilliant streak; Danny Willett has won here before and likes the big competitions; and then there is Rory McIlroy.
There is a massive buzz whenever a Brit wins a big tournament — in fact, I would go further and say whenever a European comes out on top.Take Jon Rahm. There is already a big buzz from his skimming shot on 16 yesterday which went straight into the hole. I was lucky enough to be on 17 when he did it, and Paul Casey and Patrick Reed went pretty crazy.
But buzz is perhaps the best way to describe the Masters at Augusta. It is different from my debut last year without the crowds, but there is still the buzz about the place, particularly with the former champions. I spoke to one of them, Bernhard Langer, yesterday and said, “Thank you for showing me a different way of playing Augusta National” and he was like, “What, short?” And, yeah, that is the case in comparison to how a lot of the other guys are playing it. In that regard, Bryson DeChambeau is the big talking point. People trying to hit the ball further is not exactly a new thing but, because he has gone from someone not that long to the longest, it has made more noise.
Bryson has done it in a way we all want to and everyone is talking about it because we want to hit it that little bit further. But the game is not shifting, it is not a change really. Look at Tiger Woods in 1997 and 1998, hitting 320-yard shots and I cannot even hit that now. It has been around for ages.Bryson’s game is more than how far he hits it. At the US Open, he putted unbelievably well. Plus, to hit it the way he does — 200mph ball speed in the middle of the club face — takes skill."
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