A Professional Point of View of The Masters at Augusta National

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A Professional Point of View of The Masters at Augusta National

The 2009 Masters had all of the thrills that have made this tournament so popular throughout the golf world.

The Masters tournament is the first of the four major championships annually and the vast majority of golf fans will say it's the most anticipated of all.

What makes the Masters unique is that it's the same every year. It's always played on the picturesque land in Augusta, Ga.

Founded in 1934 by legendary golfer Bobby Jones and designed by Alister MacKenzie, Augusta offers a breath-taking view to go with the best golfers in the world. All trying to put on the coveted "Green Jacket" given to the winner each year.

The beautifully maintained greens and fairways, dogwoods, Georgia pines and azaleas are a famous part of the Masters tradition.

Ben Crenshaw, two-time winner of the tournament and historian of the game echoed the sentiments of many when he said "this course is different." Jones and MacKenzie had theater in mind when they created this masterpiece.

"You can make it happen, or throw it all away, it's up to you."

The 2009 Masters had all of this and more.

You can virtually pick your story line:

Chad Campbell started the tournament with five birdies and held the lead until the 16th hole on Saturday.

Day two saw upstart American Anthony Kim set a masters record with 11 birdies in the round on way to shooting a remarkable 65.

The golf gods looked down upon this tournament and decided to do everyone a favor and pair legends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson together on the final day.

And they didn't disappoint.

Most players fold when paired with Woods on the final day, but "Lefty" would have none of that.

Mickelson came out looking like "Daniel Darts" going very low with a front nine record 30.

Tiger continued to make clutch par puts and stayed in contention until making a move on the back nine.

A Mickelson ball in the water and a couple wayward drives from Woods later, and it was time to turn it over to act two.

Kenny Perry had a comanding two shot lead going into the final two holes, but managed to let that slip finding himself in a three way playoff with Campbell and Angel Cabrera.

Cabrera, despite hitting two of the worst shots in Masters' history on the first playoff hole was let off the hook by the other two players.

His tee shot went deep into the woods and they his second hit a tree, but found the fairway and he was able to save par.

Campbell missed his par put so Cabrera and Perry moved on to another sudden death hole.

Perry who is 48, was trying to become the oldest player to ever win a Masters title.

Cabrera was trying to follow up a US Open victory in 2007 by becoming the first Argentinian to win the Masters.

Perry's drive went left into the trees and Cabrera was fitted for his green jacket soon after.

All of the legends of golf have won at Augusta. It has been a passing of the torch from superstar to superstar.

From Sarazen, Hogan, Snead, Player, Palmer, Nicklaus, Watson, Faldo to Woods.

Many great memories have been made at Augusta by these hall of fame golfers. The best to ever play the game.

I have been a fan of the Masters all my life and make a point each year to watch the tournament. I have always liked trading stories about my favorite golfing event of the year with other golfers.

I thought it would be a fantastic idea to ask some of the top PGA club professionals what their "Most memorable Masters moment was."

Why not pick the brain of some of the most talented golf minds, from some of the top courses in the world.

Here' s what they said:

"I feel that 11 birdies by Anthony Kim at the Masters is a miracle!"

Rex Cole PGA
Head Golf Professional
Cottonwood Golf Club
El Cajon, CA
(Cottonwood Golf Club has been one of San Diego's premier golf destinations since it first opened in 1962.)

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