3 April 2012 Last updated at 09:46

McDowell excited by 'special' Augusta

THE MASTERS

  • Venue: Augusta National, Georgia
  • Date: 5-8 April
  • Live BBC TV Coverage: BBC Two Saturday & Sunday from 2030 and 1900 BST; Amen Corner plus holes 15 & 16 on Saturday & Sunday on Red Button & online;
  • BBC Radio: 5 live from 2100 BST on Thursday, Friday & Saturday; 2000 BST Sunday

Graeme McDowell remains optimistic that he can perform well at this year's Masters despite his previous struggles at Augusta.

McDowell's previous best finish at the Georgia venue is 17th but he believes the small field "probably makes this event the easiest major to win".

With event second-favourite Rory McIlroy and Open champion Darren Clarke also in the field, McDowell is optimistic that "at least one Northern Ireland player" will be in contention at this week's event.