The Masters, A Tradition Unlike Any Other.
As a sports fan, I am not sure if truer words have been spoken. Every year, the 1st “official” weekend of April the sports world becomes enamored with a golf course in Augusta, Georgia. There are many great golf tournaments throughout the year. There are 3 other “Majors,” The US Open Championship, The British Open Championship and the PGA Championship. Each major is absolutely spectacular in their own rite. Then you have the chase for the “FedEx Cup” which was introduced in 2005 and began in 2007. Essentially, this is the
PGA Tour’s attempt to follow what Nascar does, a point system for its golfers where golfers accrue points based on performance throughout the season. There is even the biennial Ryder Cup which is a golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. But The Masters, it is golf’s Super Bowl.
So why is The Masters so special? To start, the course, Augusta National, was founded by one of golf’s most important figures, Bobby Jones. It opened in 1933 and in 1934 it hosted the first annual Masters Tournament. Aside from the incredible history and tradition that is immersed in this course, Augusta National is one of the most beautiful, picturesque settings in the entire sports world. Is there a more clear television picture than the views from The Masters? Seriously! I have never watched a TV show, movie, sporting event, etc. that had clearer, more beautiful views than what I see when I watch The Masters. This course is regarded as the most revered course on the PGA Tour, and likely the entire world.
Also, what adds to this tournament is The Masters is the only PGA Major that is played at the same venue each year. So, fans have had the opportunity to grow familiar with this course, its holes, the scenery, the experience, each and every year. To me, The Masters is the best tradition in sports. Hearing CBS’ Jim Nantz quietly narrate the events of the day is one of my favorite parts of the tournament. Also, is there a more clear television picture than the views from The Masters? Seriously! I have never watched a TV show, movie, sporting event, etc. that had clearer, more beautiful views than what I see when I watch The Masters. I feel like I’m looking out my window…there must be some super HD technology that the folks at Augusta National are not releasing!
Well, the first day of The Masters is done and it was a great day! The leading score is (-6) but there are 20-30 golfers that are within 6 shots of the lead. A lot can happen at Augusta National in early April and we hope you all enjoy one of the truly great events in all of sports!