Why the Masters is so Unique
The Masters is the Super Bowl of golf, golf's pristine event.
The Masters is a golfer's symbol that spring has arrived. For Nothern golfers (Canadians and the like), the Masters tells us that the wait for the golf season is almost over.
With the Masters only three weeks away, I think it's time to count down the top 10 things that make this tournament so special.
Please let me know, if Ive missed anything, or what your list would look like.
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The Masters is the only Major golf tournament played at the same course every year, Augusta National.
Augusta is well known for being extremeley private, only select billionaires and former presidents are given memberships.
Even pro golfers are not given memberships, it takes a minimum of four Masters victories to be given an honorary membership.
The course is widely known for its intense endulations on both the greens and fairways.
The Fans of the Masters are some of the most unique in the world. Patrons have to be entered in a draw for tickets, if they get them, that person has tickets for life.
Even the practice round tickets are coveted, people can go a lifetime without getting them.
8. Stopping the Times
Augusta was built on a former plantation. And until relatively recently, players could bring their own caddies to the tournament. The previous caddies were all supplied by the course and were all, African American.
There are no Women Members at Augusta National, this has been a source of contreversy over the past few years.
7. Past Champions
The Masters honors its former champions like no other tournament in the world.
After winning the Masters, you can compete in the tournament for as long as you live.
The Champions dinner is also somethig rather unique.
This is where all the past champions get together for a special dinner the night before the competition. Typically, the defending champion plans the meal, usually something of their home culture, or favorite food.
6. Par Three Contest
The Masters is one of the only tournaments with a mini tournament before hand.
The Par Three Contest is played on a Par Three course on the Augusta grounds.
This is typically a family affair, but some people do take it seriously.
No one has won both the Par Three Contest and the Masters in the same year.
5. Amen Corner
Holes 12, 13, and 14 at Augusta National are what is known as Amen Corner.
They are arguably the most recognizable holes on the course. Spiralling winds are known to male or break a round in these three holes.
Hogan's Bridge (seen in picture) is the most scenic picture of the course. This is on hole 12.
4. Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones, the famous architect of Augusta National, is one of the greatest golfers of all time.
He is famously known to have earned the grand slam, The US Amateur, US Open, British Amateur, and British Open. He is the only person to ever do so, and might be the only one ever.
Retiring at the young age of 28, Jones then set his sights on being a course architect, developing one of the greatest courses of all time.
3. The Picture Speaks for Itself
In 1986, one of the all time greatest moments in golf history took place.
Of course, it had to happen at the Masters.
Jack Nicklaus, who hadn't done anything in more than a few years, And needed an outstanding round to be back in contention...he delivered. A back nine 30 and final round 65 was good enough for his sixth, and most remembered, green jacket.
This picture was taken at the 17th hole where he sunk an 18 foot putt to put himself into the lead.
2. "In your life, have you seen anything like it?"
The greatest moment in golf history, bar none.
Tiger's chip from just off the 16th green famously rolled down from an extreme slope before pausing for Nike promotion only to fall into the cup.
Tiger would go on to win his fourth green jacket in a playoff with Chris DiMarco (where has he gone?)
1. The Green Jacket
A jacket is the Masters trophy. A truly unique prize.
The green jacket is the most coveted item of clothing in all of golf, no exception.
The Green Jacket is a symbol of golf greatness, that you truly are, a Master.