Spieth looking to 'tear up' Augusta National

But not since Hubert Green in 1976 has a player entered the Masters on a three-tournament win streak.

After top-10 finishes in the last three years, however, he believes he now has the experience to deal with any conditions at Augusta.

"I've done all the preparation I can".

Here's what he said next: "I'm excited about the opportunity ahead to really tear this golf course up".

"So I spent a good bit of time around the short-game area and the putting green".

"I don't feel like I get treated any different from them".

"You've got to hit the right shot the right distance", said three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo.

And, most of all, have some fun playing on the course that he dreamed of playing on as a Dallas golf kid.

Scott - who has always been lauded as having one of the best long games in all of golf - admitted he's neglected that part of his game in 2017 but said his short game may be as good as ever as a result.

Winds to the east will be constant, from 15 miles per hour early in the day to 20-plus miles per hour in the afternoon. It was time to learn to hit a fade instead of a draw. While there is no denying Johnson is good - great, even - coming off three wins in as many starts, to go for a fourth in a row is hard task to achieve, particularly at the Masters.

While the 12th will always be a part of Spieth's story at the Masters, his feel for this place is far more positive than negative.

"I got a little out of position in my swing this year, but I've looked at old footage from 2016 when I felt really good over the ball and tried to get back to that".

"You start to shoot at a few pins. leave yourself in spots you don't really want to". Sarazen would best Wood by five strokes in the 36-hole playoff.

There are years when a player is so in tune with his game that he feels a certain control over the golf course, but those years are rare.

The 28-year-old American, who managed top-five finishes at all four Majors in 2014 without a victory, took his fourth US PGA title five weeks ago in the Honda Classic at PGA National, his first tour win after holding the 54-hole lead following four failures.

"It's never over", McIlroy said.

He missed the cut in Houston on Friday, but publicly at least sounded an upbeat note.

When asked one too many times about No. 12 at the World Match Play in Austin, Spieth replied, "It'll be nice when this Masters has gone by, to be brutally honest with you".

That cushion was decreased after he shot back-to-back bogeys at the 10th and 11th holes, but it was the elusive Amen Corner, Augusta's 12th hole, the devilish region known commonly as Golden Bell, that ultimately cost Spieth the tournament and his second consecutive green jacket.

And he has no regrets over how last year's tournament played out.

"My choice this week - Rory McIlroy", Player said. Over 80 years later, it still has one of the greatest moments in the event's history.