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Internationals a formidable force at the Masters

Can Westwood or others add to international success at the Masters (Photo: Bruce Young file photo )
The Masters has become one of golf’s truly international events over the last thirty years or so with half of its last thirty winners, other than American.

While the Open Championship was for so long considered the major in which non Americans would most likely have their best chance to win, the Masters now rivals the Open Championship for non US winners in more recent times.

In its previous thirty years to 1987 only six players from outside the US won the Masters, three of those by Gary Player and two by Seve Ballesteros and so the changing face of the game is being reflected in such statistics.

This year we are again seeing a similar trend despite it being early in the week, namely that eleven of the leading 18 players at the completion of round one are non-Americans.

The impact that the introduction of the World Golf Championships eighteen years ago has had on the strengthening of golf outside of the US cannot be underestimated given that those events have allowed the elite from various regions to play against each other on a more regular basis.

Whether another international can become the sixth such player in the last ten years to claim the Green Jacket this week remains to be seen but the trend can only be a good thing for the game.       


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