The 81st Masters Tournament is all set up for a thrilling weekend with the world’s top players, minus Dustin Johnson, all contending for the lead.
There are narratives aplenty at Augusta with Jordan Spieth looking to avenge last year’s disaster, Sergio Garcia aiming to finally to fall over the line at a major championship and Phil Mickelson trying to emulate Jack’s win in ’86, at the ripe old age of 46.
Young guns Jon Rahm and Thomas Pieters are flying the flag for the exciting group of European players about to take over the sport while Rory McIlroy remains within touching distance with a career grand-slam still very much on the cards.
All this surely has the Sky Sports execs (and their montage-making crew) over the moon with their sole rights to all of the coverage. It must be said, in fairness, that their golf coverage is a class apart and it got a little bit better again last night as Padraig Harrington joined Ewen Murray in the commentary box.
The Dubliner was brilliantly insightful and genuinely entertaining, unlike fellow guest commentator Thomas Bjorn and golf fans couldn’t get enough of him.
— johno (@ogormancc) April 8, 2017
Padraig Harrington is excellent on Sky. Bit of life in him #masters2017
— Neil Cotter (@NewsNeil13) April 7, 2017
— ger griffin (@ger1973) April 7, 2017
— Mark Kilgallon (@mrmarkkilgallon) April 7, 2017
— Damien Pigott (@pigottdamo) April 7, 2017
— Colm Ó Drisceoil (@CDrisceoil) April 7, 2017
The highlight of Padraig’s appearance was unquestionably his reaction to Phil Mickelson’s outrageous pitch on the iconic thirteenth as he had caddie Jim “Bones” McKay tend the flag from all of 60 yards out.
— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) April 7, 2017