Masters 2018: Tiger Woods grouping presents opportunity for Tommy Fleetwood, Marc Leishman

Marc Leishman, Tiger Woods, Tommy Fleetwood (Getty Photographs)

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods might be far and away probably the most-watched golfer on the Masters when play tees off Thursday and into Friday, which suggests (by default) Tommy Fleetwood and Marc Leishman shall be shut behind.

When groupings have been introduced at Augusta Nationwide noon Tuesday, Fleetwood (No. 12 in World Golf Rankings) and Leishman  No. sixteen WGR) discovered themselves on the identical line with Woods (No. 103 WGR) — set to start out at 10:forty two a.m. Thursday.

Fleetwood, who missed the reduce in 2017 throughout his first Masters look, had a childlike pleasure towards the news.

“The primary actual Masters I watched was 1997 when he gained his first, so yeah, a number of years on and I get to play with him,” Fleetwood, 27, stated after his Tuesday apply spherical. “I actually don’t assume you will get a greater draw than enjoying with Tiger on the Masters, particularly with what’s happening with golf in the mean time.”

Leishman, in contrast to Fleetwood, has a extra strong historical past at Augusta having performed the event 5 occasions and ending T4 in 2013. The 34-yr-previous Australian hopes the hoards of followers and media following Woods’ each transfer catch a glimpse of what’s gained him two tournaments since March 2017.

“It’ll be good if I can get on the market, play properly, present everybody what I can do and put myself able to win that inexperienced jacket,” Leishman stated. “Clearly there might be plenty of cameras round, as there all the time is right here, however I really like enjoying in entrance of individuals and cameras and there’s definitely going to be loads of each.”

As wild because the spectacle is perhaps later this week, Leishman thinks the strict fan conduct insurance policies at Augusta will maintain the environment comparatively tame.

“You’re not allowed to run right here so (Woods) gained’t be placing out after which individuals operating off, so will probably be much less chaotic right here than at any event for that matter,” he stated. “I’m enthusiastic about it. It’s the most important stage.”

Perhaps the added strain will assist each golfers, who’ve fewer made cuts on the Masters (2) than Woods has inexperienced jackets (four).