The Masters returns this week as World number one Dustin Johnson looks to hold on to the Green Jacket. Starting on Thursday and concluding on Sunday, April 11, six-time European Tour winner Simon Dyson has revealed what it’s like to play at the famous Augusta course.
Competing in the 2010 and 2012 tournaments, the 43-year-old has fond memories and insists it is completely different standing there on the green compared to what one would expect.
Speaking to Betfred’s The Golf Show from Mottram Hall, Dyson said, “Everybody knows every single hole don’t they but it's so very different when you get there. You can't believe how undulating it is.
“I got on the first tee and you look down towards the seventh green, eighth tee and you can't believe how far down they are just certain shots; 10, you don't realise how much the hole goes down as well but yeah, it’s very different to what you see on TV.”
Recalling his first appearance at Augusta eleven years ago, and travelling down the iconic Magnolia Lane for the first time, Dyson said, “I played a practice round the week before when the course was really quiet so we got to drive down Magnolia and it's just a beautiful drive. Then we obviously did it on the Monday of the tournament and it had a very different feel to it. There was all the buzz about the place knowing it was Masters week, crowds, I think about 20,000 people were there on the Monday, so it had a really different feel about it and yeah I was very very excited to do that.
“In 2010, the second day, I’d had an alright day,” he continued. “I knew I needed a good start and think I’d doubled the first but then birdied the second, birdied four, five and six. Six, I think I had the best shot I’d hit it all week, so they really stand out for me.”
So, having played on the course, who does Dyson think is in with a chance of winning the Masters in 2021?
“First of all I've gone for Jon Rahm,” he said. “I just love watching Jon Rahm, I love his attitude and how he plays with passion. Spaniards are known for doing well around Augusta, he is third in the world, his stroke average is 69.9 which is unbelievable and just his all round game suits Augusta.
“My second pick is Collin Morikawa, just everything about this lad oozes class. He is probably the best iron player in the world at the present time and won the WGC recently. He's going to win more majors so there's no reason say he can’t win this one.”
Dyson also plumped for Mexican Abraham Ancer who is currently 31st in the world. It’s sure to be four days of brilliant golf whoever ends up wearing that green jacket come Sunday.