The Masters (#Masters) has always been an elusive Major for Australia filled with moments of joy quickly replaced with devastating pain.
We watched on as Greg Norman finished runner up in two consecutive years, 1986 & 1987 and yet another heartbreak came in 1996 as Nick Faldo claimed the green jacket once again leaving Norman in the shadows as runner up.
Then came 2011, all of Australia were on the edge of their couches watching on in eager anticipation as Adam Scott and Jason Day paired together for the final round made their charge up the leaderboard.
Walking off clubhouse leaders the pair watched on as Charl Schwartzel birdied his final four holes to snatch the green jacket from their shoulders, the South African once again denying Australia of their first Masters Champion.
We all remember our Augusta heartbreaks but ever year it has us coming back in anticipation and excitement to see can this be the year an Aussie finally wins?
In 2012 we have six outstanding golfers flying the Aussie flag in Georgia and it is with them that we once again place our Masters hopes.
One of Australia’s best golfers but is still yet to claim his first major, Adam Scott will be determined to finish one better than last year and claim the green jacket. Having only played three events so far this season, Scott has managed to fly under the radar of the Masters hype this year which will suit the laid back Queenslander. He will quietly go about his business in pursuit of victory and should feature high on the leaderboards. Scott also has another weapon in his arsenal, absent from 2011’s runner up finish, Steve Williams. Williams has caddied in three Augusta victories so will be able to guide Scott around the course. Use this hashtag on twitter #AdamScott
A huge talent Day has made no secret of his desire to be the world number one and a victory at the Masters this week will certainly push him back into the world’s top ten. 2011 was Day’s first opportunity to compete in the Masters and he finished in tied for runner up. Now with the intimate knowledge of what it takes to play at Augusta National during Masters week we expect him to be in contention come Sunday. However he has to get there first, an injury to his left ankle and foot is not ideal on the eve of the Masters yet showing true Aussie spirit Day will battle on. Use this hashtag on twitter #JasonDay
Still sporting his ‘mo’ Ogilvy will be trying to add the green jacket to his 2006 US Open victory. He finished in a tie for fourth, with Tiger Woods, at Augusta last year after five consecutive birdies launched him up the leaderboard. Now with the confidence that he can fire on the back nine come Sunday afternoon Geoff Ogilvy could easily be the leading Aussie this weekend and if that was also as the Masters Champion it would be even sweeter. Use this hashtag on twitter #GeoffOgilvy or Follow his updates on @GeoffOgilvy
This is just the Queenslanders third time at Augusta with previous years not bringing many fond memories for Senden who missed the cut in both 2008 and 2010. But this year he comes into the Masters ranked 29th in the Official World Golf Rankings and in great form, having played seven PGA TOUR tournaments this year and finishing in the top 10 three times. Use this hashtag on twitter #JohnSenden or Follow his updates on @JohnSendenGolf
The Victorian has had a solid season to date with one top 10 and four top 25’s but with the world’s best golfers all vying to be the Masters Champion more than solid is required this week. Badds has not traditionally played his best at Augusta having now competed six times making the cut just three times and a lack lustre tied 17th being his best finish in 2009. Yet with knowlegde of the course on his side and an impressive 2011 season we hope to see Baddeley put in his best performance to date at the Masters. Use this hashtag on twitter #AaronBaddeley or Follow his updates on @AaronBadds
The Masters has a rich history of recognising elite amateurs and inviting them to the hallowed grounds of Augusta. This year thanks to his victory in the 2011 Amateur Championship 21 year old Victorian has earnt a place in the field. MacPherson has spent the past three years at the University of Georgia and has had the pleasure of playing Augusta previously and comes into the tournament fresh from winning the Georgia Cup, an exhibition match between the British Amateur Champion and the US Amateur Champion (American Kelly Kraft who is also in the field this week). He is aiming to claim The Silver Cup awarded to the top amateur and is also confident of performing well against the world’s best. Use this hashtag on twitter BrydenMacPherson or Follow his updates on @BMacpherson90