The Masters golf tournament is one of the best sports TV viewing events of the year.
And if you were to ask any golfer or golf supporter the No1 item on their bucket list, you can bet most would say it’s a visit to Augusta – and to be there during the Masters.
It’s certainly top of my list, but I think the wife might have something to say about it!
The setting is just perfect, but it’s not only the course which is magnificent.
The whole structure of the tournament is brilliant, and I love the way that if you have won the tournament once, you are invited back year after year to take part.
That limits the field, but it does mean the likes of Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Ben Crenshaw and Craig Stadler get the chance to play – even though they are at huge prices to win the tournament and, indeed, won’t win the tournament.
What they do get the chance to do is wear their green jacket and be honoured as previous winners of a great major.
Traditions like that are something I love to see.
My fancy to take the title this weekend is nothing out of the ordinary, because I can’t see Rory McIlroy not going well.
He is the best player in the world by far, but he just doesn’t seem to be able to string four rounds together.
He is, however, a double major winner and, let’s not forget, when he was a young lad a few years ago he was leading the Masters by four shots going into the last round, only to suffer a meltdown and lose that grip.
He is a more mature player now and a more controlled player, and if he can destroy the par fives – as he should be able to do with his massive hitting off the tee – then surely he has to be in the mix on the final day.
My only other interest is a small each-way bet on Bubba Watson, because I think players who have done well at Augusta in the past (and he’s a previous winner) usually do well in subsequent years.
It's been a great week of football with Chelsea progressing in the Champions League, but it’s not been a great week for Town fans.
My handicap bet for the Championship has now been torn up and thrown away, because Town have sadly fallen away.
It happens so often with teams when they are in mid-table and it’s getting towards the end of the season.
They are not in with a chance of making the play-offs and they are not really in danger of relegation, so the players lose focus.
You can tell it is annoying the hell out of the manager, Mark Robins, but it’s a very difficult thing to turn around.
Hopefully Town can pick up again before the end of the season, but I won’t be putting money on it.
Once teams have got into end-of-season mode, it doesn’t matter what you say, how many cups you throw or how much punishment you hand out in terms of extra training, unless the players have a mindset of being determined to up the intensity of their performances they will get picked off match after match.