New generation of golfers sizing up Masters green jackets

World number one Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the career record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, will miss the Masters for the first time since his 1995 debut as an amateur following surgery to repair a pinched nerve.

updated: April 04, 2014 10:44 IST
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Augusta, USA: Top-ranked Tiger Woods is injured and absent, reigning Masters champion Adam Scott has squandered his past two 54-hole leads and 2012 Masters winner Bubba Watson needed 22 months to win again.

So it's no wonder a rising generation of young stars, many of them seeking their first major crown, like their chances to challenge for a green jacket at next week's 78th Masters tournament.

Of the past 19 major champions, 15 were first-time winners, including the past three to claim green jackets --Watson, Scott and South African Charl Schwartzel, who birdied the last four holes to win in 2011.

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