On Golf: An Open and Assertive Field Has the Masters on Its Mind


Adam Scott after winning on Sunday at Doral, his second victory in his past three starts. “I’d love to just bottle up where my game’s been the last couple weeks,” he said.

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DORAL, Fla. — The takeaway from the World Golf Championships event here is that the Masters cannot start soon enough. Can we press the pause button and freeze the PGA Tour until April 7, the opening round of the Masters?

The first few months of the wraparound season have seen so many players assert themselves, the lead pack is more of a scrum as golf rounds the final curve toward Augusta National. The defending Masters champion, Jordan Spieth; Justin Thomas; and Hideki Matsuyama have claimed victories for millennials, and another, Rickie Fowler, has four top-eight finishes in five PGA Tour starts in 2016 and a win on the European Tour.

The last few weeks of the wraparound season have seen so many former Masters champions assert themselves, it is…

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