Masters 2012: Why Augusta Is Golf's Greatest Event of the Year

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Masters 2012: Why Augusta Is Golf's Greatest Event of the Year
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There is nothing in golf like the Masters. This is an irrefutable fact. 

What is in question is why there is nothing like the Masters.

Does the Masters have more than a century of tradition like the U.S. Open or The Open Championship? No. It has only been around since 1934.

Do they play the Masters on a number of beautiful courses throughout the United States, like the U.S. Open or the PGA Championship? No. The Masters is always played at August National. (Which is not a course to sneeze at.)

Is the Masters played in the birthplace of golf, like The Open? Is it open to anyone to try to qualify for, run by one of the governing bodies of the game? Is it the championship for a huge association of people who teach the rest of us how to play the game?

No, no, and no.

So, what is it that makes the Masters the greatest event of the year?

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