by Mike Purkey

Everyone knows the favorites for this year’s Masters. Take your pick among Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas and even Tiger Woods. But there are those who could be the next Danny Willett or Charl Schwartzel, a player who has the chops but has yet to perform in the game’s biggest moments.

Here are five on whom to consider taking a flier:



Taking a little bloom off the azaleas
If this is April, the blogosphere must be filled with peons to the Masters. I enjoy watching. It's fun, and up in my part of the country pretty much coincides with courses opening. I also admire that Augusta National Golf Club expects spectators – sorry, but that's what they are – to be polite, and the club keeps prices low for refreshments (“Masters stands alone as best sports event,” April 2).

But, but, but! There are many aspects of the Masters and Augusta National Golf Club that are not so wonderful.



Number of top-10 finishes this season on the LPGA for Nelly Korda, in as many starts. Korda, 20, an American and two-time winner on the women’s tour, will be making her fifth career start in the ANA Inspiration, which begins today at Mission Hills Country Club’s Dinah Shore Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif.




Hawk & Rude: Masters memories, Part 2
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude continue reflecting on the year’s first major championship with thoughts on four of the best: 1995, 1996, 2005 and 2011.

The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. marvel at the WGC Match Play highlights, notably winner Kevin Kisner. Bubka and Randolph also offer thoughts on this week’s big events and next week’s Masters, plus a feature on the newly renovated Horseshoe Bay Resort in the Texas Hill Country.


Golf Channel kicked off 12 days of live coverage from Augusta, Ga., beginning with Wednesday’s first round of the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The network’s broadcasts will continue through Saturday’s final round of the ANWA at Augusta National Golf Club, followed by the Drive, Chip and Putt finals on Sunday and then the week at the Masters.


Registration has opened for disabled golfers worldwide to play in the U.S. Disabled Open Golf Championship. The two-day tournament will be played May 15-16 at Independence Golf Club in Richmond, Va.


Cobra Golf and the NBA’s Klay Thompson will create a four-part video series in which the Golden State Warriors player will seek to improve his golf game. Instructor Claude Harmon III will work with Thompson, who will be equipped with Cobra gear.


Lamkin Grips will be the preferred grip partner of the American Junior Golf Association, officials announced. As part of the four-year deal, AJGA members and their families will get a special discount for Lamkin merchandise.


Pound Ridge (N.Y.) Golf Club, a Pete Dye design in Westchester County, has opened for the season. Offseason rates are in effect through May 5. Peak-season rates take effect May 6 through Oct. 27.


K-Motion will host a webinar to highlight its three-dimensional training for coaches and athletes. The webinar will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 10. K-Motion’s Tony Morgan and Joe DiChiaria will join Trillium Rose, the director of instruction at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., in hosting the event.


Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., will host the inaugural Lighthouse Invitational in September. The tournament, a two-person team event for male and female amateurs, will be held Sept. 13-15 on the resort’s three courses: Heron Point, Atlantic Dunes and Harbour Town Golf Links.


April 3-6
Women’s amateur: Augusta National Women’s Amateur

Champions Retreat and Augusta (Ga.) National GC

April 4-7
LPGA: ANA Inspiration

Mission Hills CC (Dinah Shore Tournament), Rancho Mirage, Calif.

PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open

TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks), San Antonio

April 5-7
Symetra: Windsor Golf Classic

Windsor (Calif.) GC

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