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Last Updated: Friday, 1 April, 2005, 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK
The ultimate Augusta ace
Jack NicklausAdam ScottRetief GoosenSeve BallesterosGary PlayerTiger Woods

If you were going to build the ultimate golfer to blitz the opposition at the Masters, where would you start?

The swing of Ernie Els, the build of Tiger Woods or even the touch of Seve?

Leading golf coach Nick Bradley breaks down the various body parts for his ultimate Augusta ace.


Jack Nicklaus
The mind of a Masters champion must possess two traits: patience and strategy. In this regard it has be the head of Jack Nicklaus.

The first test Augusta will throw at you is the interplay between you and your competitors.

Because the golf course is set up for low scoring - especially the back nine with two par-fives and two short par-threes - the leaderboard can change dramatically within half a hole. You must be patient.

Secondly, to play Augusta well you must strategically put the ball in the right place to give yourself the best chance for birdie.

Since Nicklaus is the greatest golfing strategist and thinker we have ever seen, it is no surprise he won six Masters.

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Adam Scott
If you can hit the ball with a long draw from the tee you have a great advantage at the Masters. The young Aussie Adam Scott possess the ability to wind up his wide shoulders and give it an almighty rip from the tee.

The next time you see Scott on television, take note of his physique. He is an athlete. I would not be surprised if those broad, powerful shoulders of his lead the driving stats and the end of Masters week.

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Retief Goosen
If you need to draw the ball from the tee, then you may well need to hit the ball with a high towering fade from the fairways.

For this I have chosen Retief Goosen. With the club he slightly wipes across the ball from the top of the swing which produces a higher, faded shot. His hip action is a little tilted through the ball and he has a high fader's finish position.

People expecting the so-called "big four" to do well at the Masters would be foolish to ignore Goosen.


Gary Player
The Masters is always a closely fought major. Every pro wants it. If you really, really want it you must put your heart and soul into the competitive arena.

For this attitude and desire I would want the heart of Gary Player. The "Black Knight" won three Masters and fought for every one.

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Seve Ballesteros
Tony Jacklin once said that you need the "'hands of a safe cracker around Augusta's Greens". The test on the players' short games, and indeed imagination around the green, this week will be like no other tournament.

No other player in history has had the imagination and handiwork of Seve Ballesteros.

Seve chipped and putted his way to two Masters victories during his career. With rollercoaster surfaces and tight lies around the greens, a short game like Seve's would be like winning the lottery.

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Tiger Woods
The first time you go to Augusta National one thing will strike you immediately - the fairway undulations. Tiger Woods has the perfect blend of strong, yet agile legwork during his swing.

There will be some players during the week that will really struggle with their fitness and swings because of the unevenness of the course.

If there is one thing that Woods won't be affected by, it's the ability of Augusta National to put a physical demand on the body.

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