Tuesday, 09 April 2019
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Tuesday was press day at the Masters Tournament as the world's media got a chance to speak to the world's best golfers ahead of the main event at Augusta National Golf Club.

Here, we take a look at the things they had to say.

Patrick Reed

The defending champ may not have won since his glorious triumph here last year but he is not short of confidence he can claim another Green Jacket.

"It's been amazing. Just to actually put the Jacket on last year at this point and then to go home and actually have it set in and be able to reflect on the year and reflect on what we did here last year was just unbelievable. Knowing that I have to give the Jacket back at the end of the week, it makes me more hungry. The great thing about golf is it's a work in progress. I feel like the game now is where it needs to be."

Francesco Molinari

Molinari may have first appeared here as a caddie for brother Edoardo in 2006, but the Race to Dubai Champion has never been closer to going from white overalls to Green Jacket.

"It's taken a while but obviously now success is coming quite often and that's a nice feeling. I'll try to keep working to keep the success coming and win as many tournaments as I can. I'm not a spring chicken anymore so I need to make the most of it. Confidence comes with success and I've had a lot of success in the last few months and I think that the important thing is that I don't have to let my guard down. I still have to go through all the work and the process that got me to this point and hopefully it will get me even further forward in my career."

Brooks Koepka

The three time Major Champion takes handling pressure to the next level.

“Pressure is something you create on your own when you start thinking about the results. If you’re not thinking about the results, there’s really no pressure. It’s like when you’re practising. I never really think about anything. I kind of like black out sometimes when we’re playing, I’m not really thinking anything. A hole can go by and I don’t really know, nothing has really registered, which is kind of nice."

Jon Rahm

The Spaniard would love to carry on his country's rich heritage at Augusta.

"It's Olazábal's 25th anniversary since his first win and 20th anniversary since his second win. It's something to remember. Two years ago, it would have been Seve's birthday that Sunday. So pretty much every time we play, there's going to be something very special going on at Augusta National for all of us. It would be something beautiful to join that list. Those are three world class players and three of the best players Europe has ever seen and three of the best players the world has ever seen, so it would be incredible to join my name to them."

Tiger Woods

The 14 time Major winner already has four Green Jackets, but a fifth wouldn't do any harm.

“I don’t really need to win again. I really want to. After I won my 14th, I felt like I still had plenty more Major Championships that I could win, but unfortunately I just didn’t do it. I put myself there with chances on the back nine on various Sundays and just haven’t done it. Hopefully this year I put myself there again and hopefully I’ll get it done.”

Rory McIlroy

The in-form Northern Irishman has found his zen.

“I’m not going to go and live with the monks for a couple months in Nepal, it’s ten minutes a day. It’s not as if I’m being consumed by it. But it’s definitely something that has helped from time to time. Especially in situations where you need your mind to be right. I meditated for 20 minutes on the Sunday morning of the Players. My routine now consists of meditation, juggling, mind training, you know, doing all the stuff to get yourself in the right place. It was actually cool. I was watching the [Augusta National] Women’s Amateur over the weekend and I saw a few women on the range juggling, so it’s catching on.”

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1WOODS, TigerUSA18-13
T2JOHNSON, DustinUSA18-12
T2KOEPKA, BrooksUSA18-12
T5DAY, JasonAUS18-11

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