It’s great to be out of hibernation and back talking to you sports divas! As the north continues to thaw, viagra the Masters at Augusta National will officially usher in the “real” start to the golf season this week. The PGA Tour has been competing since January, but all is in preparation for the Masters, the first major of the PGA Tour.
The Masters, which officially begins with tournament play on Thursday, is my favorite week in golf. My first golf memory is Tiger winning his first Masters by a record 12 shots in 1997. If you watch one golf event this year, make it this one. Golfer or not, it’s easy to get swept up by the beauty, elegance, and history that encompasses the Masters.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The Masters is the 1st of the 4 ‘Majors’ in golf which also includes the US Open (June 13-16), the (British) Open (July 18-21), and the PGA Championship (August 8-11).
- The first Masters tournament was played in 1935. Beginning in 1939, the tradition of awarding a Green Jacket to the victor began. This is possibly one of the only sporting events where men want to win clothing. Each year the reigning champion puts the green jacket on the winner to capture the continuing history of the Masters.
- The Masters began as Bobby Jones’ vision. Jones was the greatest amateur player of all time and dreamt of building a golf course fit for hosting a championship.
WHO TO WATCH FOR:
- Tiger Woods is on a tear. Back in the lead as the #1 golfer in the world, he’s won 6 events in his last 20 competitions and is the runaway favorite this week. The guy has some experience winning at Augusta National, he’s won 4. Even though his last win at Augusta was in 2005 and his last Major win was in 2008, you can never count him out. Winning his 5th Masters would give him 15 Majors and leave him only 3 shy of tying Jack Nicklaus’ elusive record of 18 Majors. He will dominate the headlines and commentary until the Masters Champion is crowned. Augusta National is his “home” course and he wants a victory more than ever.
- Bubba Watson is the defending champion and has been under the radar early on this season, but has steadily improved his game leading up to Augusta. He also has recently unveiled his project for a hover craft golf cart the BW 1. He’s a playful guy, who’s never had a golf lesson in his life. The public fell in love with him when he burst into tears after making his putt for victory on the first playoff hole last year.
- Irishman, Rory Mcllroy represents all the rising young talent in golf. He is the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year and won the most recent Major, the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, SC last August. He won by a record 8 shots. His start to 2013 has been shaky in the midst of all the responsibilities of his new found fame. With his new Nike endorsement he signed in January for a reported $125 million/5 years, he switched golf clubs and starred in a great Nike Golf commercial with Tiger. However at last week’s tournament in San Antonio, Rory came in solo second and is poised to add his third Major victory.
- Guan Tianlang, the 14-year old Chinese golfer who will be the youngest player to ever compete at the Masters. How does a 14 year old get the chance to play in golf’s biggest major? By winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in 2012, the young phenom received an automatic bid. Every year there is an amateur to watch, but many say Tianlang has the chance to truly make an impact this weekend.
WHEN TO WATCH:
Thursday, April 11 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT
Friday, April 12 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT
April 13 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
April 14 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT