One of the great markers of the arrival of Spring each year is this peerless event. It starts Thursday and I'm trying my best to clear my schedule to watch on Saturday and Sunday. I'm leaning toward rooting for Rory McIlroy, mainly so the media will quit hounding him about when he's going to become only the sixth man to complete the career grand slam with a win at Augusta National. There's a decent chance he may never achieve the accomplishment given how rare it is but I'd like to see him get it, which would propel him into the ranks of the all-time greats. Jordan Spieth (PGA) and Phil Mickelson (U.S. Open) will also get their shots at completing the career grand slam in upcoming months, though at nearly 49 years old, any win of a major at this point by Phil would be akin in unlikelihood to Jack Nicklaus's win for the ages at Augusta in 1986. Justin Rose has come close two of the past three years and has the game to finally get over the hump. But I'll be happy no matter who wins as long as it's one of the top golfers and not someone well down in the rankings pulling off an upset. Patrick Reed was the least popular golfer to win the event in a long time, due mainly to his personality, but he was clutch as hell last year and deserved his green jacket.