Masters Preview: Oakley Golfers Primed For The Big Stage
There is arguably no bigger stage in golf than that of Augusta, Georgia. Augusta National Golf Club plays host to the most prestigious golf tournament in the world beginning April 5th. Oakley golfers including Keagan Bradley, Ian Poulter, Brendan Steele and the current world number two, Rory McIlroy, will all be there to take aim at the coveted green jacket.
Twenty-five year old Keagan Bradley had one of the most impressive rookie seasons in 2011 claiming the 2011 PGA Rookie of the Year honor as well as becoming one of three golfers to win in their major debut. His most notable win came at the 2011 PGA Championship where he fought off Jason Dufner in a three-hole playoff to secure the victory. Based on his previous track record of performing big in the spotlight, expect great things from Keagan at this year’s Masters Tournament.
Hoping to improve on his already impressive tenth place finish in the 2010 Masters, English professional Ian Poulter also returns to shoot for the green jacket this month. The always fashionable Poulter is an established international golfer who has performed exceptionally on the world’s stage. As a member of both the PGA and European Tours, Ian knows his way around the course and we’ll look for him to have a fantastic weekend in Georgia.
Earning his PGA Tour card in 2011, Brendan Steele proved why he was fit for the tour. His win at the Valero Texas Open last year earned him a spot in this year’s Masters. Steele hopes to take advantage of his invitation and play well at the tournament.
Finally, there is no bigger story this year than world number two ranked Rory McIlroy. The 22-year-old Northern Ireland native has made a splash in the golf world this season climbing the charts to the top of world golf rankings. Coming off of a historic win at the Honda Classic, all of the buzz will be surrounding Rory at Augusta National. At last year’s Masters, Rory didn’t have the finish he’d hoped for, losing a final round lead, ultimately finishing outside of the top ten. However, based on the momentum Rory has built so far this season, this year’s tournament forecasts a much different outcome. The former US Open Champion is the man to beat at this year’s big event.
Good luck to all the Oakley golfers poised to have a great 2012 Masters Tournament!