The much-anticipated Masters Championship returns to Augusta National this week, and we can hardly contain our excitement!
It's the best week in golf for a reason, whether it’s Amen Corner on Thursday morning, or the final stretch of holes on Sunday afternoon, and here's why we can't get enough of the tournament.
Amen corner. It’s one of the most hallowed places in all of golf and has been a legendary spectacle at the Masters for decades. Whilst the pro’s may fear it, fans can’t get enough of it as it never fails to produce a bucket load of drama throughout the Masters Championships. As if you didn’t know already, Amen Corner consists of the par-4 11th, the par-3 12th, and the tee shot at the par-5 13th at Augusta National. The term was coined by author Herbert Warren Wind in a 1958 issue of Sports Illustrated.
The Green Jacket
The tradition of the Master’s green jacket dates back to 1937, when members of Augusta National wore green jackets during the tournament so that they could be easily recognised if they were needed. Winners of the Masters Championship started to receive a green jacket in 1949, with Sam Snead being the first winner to wear his jacket with pride.
The Par-3 Contest
The Par-3 Contest has been played the day before the Masters since 1960, with girlfriends, wives, and kids in tow as cute caddies every year. As a relaxed tournament (as relaxed as competitive golfers can be anyway!), there is always a sense of drama around the Par-3 Contest, plus no player who has won the event has ever gone on to win the actual Master’s, so we’re all waiting to see who will break the curse!
And this year, on the eve of a highly-anticipated Masters Championships, the Par-3 Contest delivered even more excitement than usual as Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus thrilled the crowds with their old rivalry before Watson won their redux of the “Duel in the Sun.” Watson, now aged 68, shot a 6-under par 21 to become the oldest champion in the tournaments history, with Nicklaus finishing two shots back. As if that wasn’t quite enough excitement, Gary Nicklaus Jr., Nicklaus’ 15-year-old grandson, had an impressive hole-in-one on the 9
th hole, bringing tears to his grandfather’s eyes.
Drive, Chip & Putt Championships
The Drive, Chip & Putt Championships was founded by the Masters Tournament in 2013 and is a nationwide tournament that aims to grow the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills of golf; driving, chipping, and putting. Held just days before the Masters Championships, the event gives the next golfing generation a taste of Augusta National and memories that will last forever.
The Masters wouldn’t be the Masters without a weekend full of nail-biting drama, whether it’s Amen Corner on Thursday morning, or the final stretch of holes on Sunday afternoon. And this year, the list of green-jacket contenders is extensive to say the least, with an exciting series of wins and revivals over the past few months. Who are we tipping to win? For us, it’s too close to call, but this video might help to make your mind up…