The Masters needs no introduction. It is the first major of the year, and one of the most exciting sporting weeks of the year. For the club golfer it marks the start of the season. For professionals, we look at the masters as the pinnacle of Golf. What makes the Masters special is the whole culture of the tournament, the perfection of the golf course, and the fact that the spectators are not simply spectators- they are patrons.
Bobby Jones and Alastair McKensie laid out a fantastic test of golf, requiring all types of shots to be played, from high towering draws to low 3 iron punches from the trees.
Check list required to win:
- Top drawer ball striking
- Imaginative short game, that is well executed
- Great putting
My dad was fascinated by the great Seve, his wins in 1980 and 1983 inspired him to take up the game of golf, and therefore was in the foundations of my love for the game.
We watched the Masters every year, and what I loved to see was the variety of shots around the greens. There was not one stock shot that players could get away with. The imagination of the players drew me to golf, the feel and creativity required from tee to green is a pleasure to watch. I remember trying to emulate some of the shots I would watch the guys play. Creating in my mind the undulating greens and and big bunkers.
The flora at Augusta is definitely one thing that catches the eyes of the players and the patrons. Walter Hagan famously said “Stop and smell the roses”, this is a pleasure for everyone at Augusta and for all television viewers.
I am slightly biased in my backing of Rory, Gmac, Paddy and Darren. The whole of Ireland is getting impatience as it has been 8 months since the last major entered the country. Come on guys… Bring it HOME!