In a 35-minute podcast called “Let’s Get It” they released Monday morning, former Utahns Tony Finau and his swing coach Boyd Summerhays previewed the 2021 Masters, and talked about how comfortable Finau will be in his fourth appearance in the revered tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

The friends mentioned how they now know which side of the city of Augusta, Georgia, is best to rent a house for the week to avoid heavy traffic — although only about 10,000 patrons will be allowed on the hallowed grounds this week, due to COVID-19 — and how Finau has hired a chef from Lehi to cook meals for their families and friends.

“Masters week is like Christmas morning as a kid,” Finau said on the podcast. “There is just a special feel to it. The Masters is like our Super Bowl. We have four Super Bowls, if you will. If you ask most golfers which (major) means the most, most guys would say it is the Masters.”

What Finau and Summerhays did not discuss is the big elephant in the room as golf’s first major begins on Tuesday: Finau’s slump, by his standards.

“Masters week is like Christmas morning as a kid. There is just a special feel to it. The Masters is like our Super Bowl. We have four Super Bowls, if you will. If you ask most golfers which (major) means the most, most guys would say it is the Masters.” — Tony Finau

Another PGA Tour golfer Utah claims as its own, Canadian and former BYU golfer Mike Weir, is also in the Masters this week by virtue of being a past champion. Now a full-fledged member of the Champions Tour, the 50-year-old Weir is playing some of the best golf of his career since he won the Masters in 2003.

Weir finished second at 13-under in his last tournament, the Cologuard Classic in Tucson, Arizona.

“I played well, and it just showed me my game is in a good place coming into this week,” Weir said on 1280 The Zone’s Masters Preview on Monday.

The Utahns’ starting times were announced Tuesday morning. Weir will tee off at 9:42 a.m. MDT on Thursday with C.T. Pan of Chinese Taipei and Robert MacIntyre of Scotland. Finau is in the second-to-last threesome Thursday and will tee off at 11:48 a.m. MDT with Justin Thomas of the United States and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.

Coming off his win last weekend at the Valero Texas Open, Jordan Spieth is in the final group with Cameron Smith of Australia and Collin Morikawa of the U.S.

Meanwhile, Finau hasn’t played well lately.

The graduate of Salt Lake City’s West High, who lived in Lehi until moving to Scottsdale, Arizona, in January 2020 — a couple months before the pandemic hit — placed 14th in the Workday Championship at The Concession in Bradenton, Florida, in late February. He was on everyone’s list as a Masters contender.

But Finau opened March by missing the cut by three shots at the Players Championship, opening with a 6-over-par 78, and went 1-1-1 and tied for 28th in the World Golf Championships match play event in Austin, Texas two weeks later.

Last week in Texas, he missed the cut by a shot, shooting 73-74.

Finau still ranks No. 10 in the FedEx Cup standings during the PGA Tour’s extended 2020-21 season, but his game is clearly not as sharp as it was in December, January and February when he was routinely finishing in the top 15, and recording a couple of second-place finishes in the Farmers Insurance Open and The Genesis Invitational in California.

“I am hoping to play my way into the thick of it come Sunday.” — Tony Finau

When Summerhays asked him about his expectations for this week, Finau simply said, “I am hoping to play my way into the thick of it come Sunday.”

Later in the podcast, after being reminded that he is “an elite lag-putter” on Augusta’s undulating greens and is “never out of it” because of the course’s four par-5s, the long-hitting Finau said his game is in better shape than some might suspect if all they did was check out the scores of his last three tournaments.

“I am looking forward to this year,” Finau said. “Our game has gotten better. We had a great start to the calendar year. The game feels good. Things can happen fast at Augusta National, so you never know.”

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Dustin Johnson is the defending champion, but he has only had the famed green jacket for five months, because the last Masters was played in mid-November due to the pandemic moving it out of its traditional spot in early April.

Well out of contention five months ago, Finau rallied with three birdies on his second nine on Sunday to post an even-par 72 and tie for 38th place with Tiger Woods and others at 1-under for the tournament.

Weir made the 36-hole cut last November for just the second time in his last 10 appearances at Augusta National, and tied for 51st at 2 over par.

The 36-year-old Johnson’s 20-under total broke the Masters record of 18-under, shared by Woods and Spieth.

“I still get chills, anticipating playing there, flying in, and the first time you drive down Magnolia Lane for the week. A lot of (memories) come flooding back and there is lot of excitement in the air to get ready.” — Mike Weir

Two years ago, Finau was tied with Woods and two shots behind leader Francesco Molinari entering the final day of the 2019 Masters, but shot an even-par round while Woods was winning the tournament for the fifth time. Finau finished in fifth place.

“We have a chance to change our career, and change the course of our lives that Sunday evening by winning a green jacket,” Finau said on the podcast.

The former Utahns agreed that Augusta National will be more difficult this year, after it was soft last fall and yielded plenty of sub-par rounds and, of course, Johnson’s record total. Finau believes the harder the course is, the more it favors long, high-ball hitting players like himself.

Tony Finau hits a drive on the seventh hole during the final round for the Masters golf tournament, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. | Matt Slocum, Associated Press

“From what I hear this year, I think we are going to be in for a treat,” Finau said. “Apparently it is firm, it is fast, and it is as hard as it has ever been.”

Weather could play a factor this year as well, after delaying rounds last November. Chances of rain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday range from 25% to 40%, and some high winds up to 14 mph are expected over the weekend.

“I still get chills, anticipating playing there, flying in, and the first time you drive down Magnolia Lane for the week,” Weir said. “A lot of (memories) come flooding back and there is lot of excitement in the air to get ready.”