It's that time once again. The first major of the year always brings a level of excitement but this year's Masters has taken the normal level of excitement to a whole new level. There are plenty of reasons why. For a start, Tiger is back. The re-emergence of Tiger Woods has brought a whole new level of expectations. The key question is will he be able to show the world just how brilliant he is? Well, if the early signs are anything to go by then, yes.
Away from Woods, we have also seen a number of contenders hit the right form at the right time. Rory McIlroy is a PGA winner in 2018 and looks in good shape as he embarks on his quest to claim his career "Grand Slam". The Northern Irishman is certainly in a prime position to pounce.
Others are also proving their worth by winning titles in the build-up to this year's Masters. Jon Rahm is laying his claim to the Green Jacket with some spectacular displays in 2018. Yet, it is those that been there and done that, that are also raising a few eyebrows. Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, both previous winners of the Green Jacket have ended their winless streaks just in time for Augusta. The bookies have certainly taken notice by slashing their odds from this time last year. With Augusta favouring lefties, these two will make many mouths water.
Then there is Justin Rose. He may have lost in hos play-off against Sergio Garcia last April but the Englishman is not there to make up the numbers. He has the Green Jacket in his sights thanks to an improvement in his putting. Having proven that he has got to terms with those difficult Augusta greens it would appear that his Achilles heel is now a thing of the past as he looks like a more complete player.
It would be criminal to forget about Jordan Spieth. If any player in recent times has commanded a course, then it is Spieth. Memories of 2016 have been quickly dealt with as he claimed the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. His game looks great, his putting, sublime. Perhaps that is why he starts as the favourite.
One thing is certain though, this year's Masters is wide open with plenty of players staking their claim in style prior to the event. The fact that we haven't highlighted Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama or Paul Casey is a testament as to how open this one really is. All that remains is to sit back and enjoy. The thrills, the rivalries and the roars echoing around Augusta await for us all. It's enough to make the hairs on your arms stand up.
Let battle commence. It's shaping up to be an epic contest where the man who wears the Green Jacket come Sunday can really say that they are the Master.