By Donna DeClemente, Donna's Promo Talk
Tomorrow is the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament, the first PGA major of the year. Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia has been the host of this yearly tournament since 1934. This year the biggest talk of the tournament has been that Tiger Woods will not be playing in the Masters for the first time in 20 years because of a back injury. Tiger recently announced he had a successful surgery for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for several months.
Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters champion and the reigning Open Championship winner, is playing. He was quoted at the Practice Round on Tuesday that he misses having Tiger Woods in the field at the Masters this week. "He's been such a mainstay in professional golf and the majors. It's awkward to not have him here. I hope he gets back soon." Shown here is a photo of Phil Mickelson hitting a stroke on No. 11 during Tuesday's Practice Round taken by Charles Laberge/Augusta National.
Rory McIlroy is also a favorite player this year. This is McIlroy's sixth Masters, and his best finish remains that disappointment from three years ago when he was the third-round leader and shot a final-round 80 and dropped to tie for 15th. However, he bounced back to win the U.S. Open that year and captured the 2012 PGA Championship as part of a player-of-the-year season that saw him go to No. 1 in the world. "It's been six years since the first time I came here." McIlroy stated at yesterday's practice round. "Really looking forward to the week. It's probably the most anticipated week of the year."