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SPORT / ANDY SULLIVAN

MASTERING THE MASTERS

 CEMAIR’S ANDY SULLIVAN TAKES A LOOK AT THE PLAYERS REPRESENTING
 THE RAINBOW NATION AT THE 2016 MASTERS (7-10 APRIL).

The plush, supreme                   looks more like a medieval date     his drive has lost a few inches as  THE BEST
           fairways of the Augusta   in history than a world ranking.    Father Time ticks on, and yes, he   GOLFERS IN
           National will be manicu-  The only reason he qualifies is     doesn’t play anywhere near as       THE WORLD
           red and prepped to per-   because he is a past winner. Wi-    much as he has done in previous     WILL BE
fection. The best golfers in the     thout that he would be nowhere      years. But every time I click on    HITTING EACH
world will be hitting each practice  near the tournament this year.      and watch the former world num-     PRACTICE BALL
ball with a bit of extra intent and  	 At 37, the Capetonian still       ber one play, he always seems       WITH A BIT OF
focus, and the green jacket will     has time and potentially a long     to put in a showing at the big      EXTRA INTENT
be at the dry cleaners, waiting      career ahead of him, but if his     events. He doesn’t win them like    AND FOCUS
in anticipation for those lucky      2016 form is anything to go by      he used to, but he always stands
shoulders it will be covering this   – five tournaments, four missed     his ground, and more often than
year.                                cuts and best 52 finish – and if    not that means that he plays
	 Rory will be in the gym, Jor-      his decline continues, one can      across all four days of the tour-
dan will be on the putting green     only feel that poor Trevor will be  nament. And that is our big hope
and Bubba will be blasting ball      teaching, rather than playing pro   for him this year.
after ball over the 400 yard mark    in the years to come.               	 His form in Europe and the
for fun, as these superstars of the  	 Cemair Predicts: Missed Cut       States in 2016 has been pret-
world game await their opportu-                                          ty good, and in the most recent
nity to tee off at the first major   ERNIE ELS                           PGA tournament in the States,
golf competition of the year - The   Masters Highlights: 2nd 2004        The Northern Trust Open, he fi-
Masters, 2016 Edition.               Current World Ranking: 196          nished a very credible T26th in
	 Southern Africa’s offering at      	 The Big Easy is probably          a very strong field. Ernie’s expe-
the event has, in recent times,      most South Africans favouri-        rience is second to none, having
not been too shabby, with Trevor     te. Yes, his world standing has     won majors before, but it is more
Immelman winning in 2008 and         gone from being in the top 10       in hope rather than expectation
Charl Schwartzel’s incredible        for most of the 2000’s, out to a    that we wish he can do it again.
2011 victory being the standout      weighty 196 today. It’s true that   	 CemAir Predicts: Top 40.
highlights this century. So what
chance does this year’s class of
South Africa have of being pre-
sented with the ultimate prize,
and the coveted green jacket
come the evening of Sunday 10
April 2016?

Here’s a look at our entrants and
hopefuls for this year’s event.

TREVOR IMMELMAN
Masters Highlights: 2008
Champion
Current World Ranking: 1582
	 Immelman has had a wret-
ched time of it in recent years.
Blighted by injury and poor form
and, perhaps, the weight of ex-
pectation after surprising the
world and winning The Mas-
ters in 2008, he has seen his
world ranking blow further and
further from 12 in 2006 to the
number featured above which

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