The Free Press, Mankato, MN


April 10, 2014

Courrier: Masters is first sign that winter has been conquered


Jason Day spent much of the spring recovering from a thumb injury, and it could be his time.

Rory McIlroy once seemed destined to win big at The Masters, and while that could still happen, there are more questions about if he’ll win, not when he’ll win.

Bubba Watson’s victory in 2012 is starting to look more like a fluke than trend.

There are several young players who could become part of the lore of The Masters. Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and Harris English could surprise the more experienced players.

The Masters is the weakest field of the four major tournaments, but the winner is generally the most spectacular and precise player for four days. The dramatics of Sunday never disappoints.

That snowpile out in front of the house should be gone by today, which means that it’s time to forget about the brutal winter and enjoy some sun and warmth. Watching The Masters on TV is the first step of winter rehab.

Chad Courrier is a Free Press staff writer. To contact him, call 507-344-6353, e-mail at or follow his Twitter feed @ChadCourrier.

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