Saint Patrick’s Day may have been nearly four weeks ago, but the biggest event in golf is happening this week in Georgia, where visitors and spectators will be seeing a lot of green.
The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., started Thursday morning and was kicked off by the annual Par-3 contest Wednesday.
As you are reading this, golfers from all over the world are taking their approach shots, trying to save par, or maybe teeing it up for the first time in their lives at the famed tournament and golf course.
The closest I’ve ever been to Augusta was when the family and I lived in North Carolina, and the Masters wasn’t something I was into watching as a 10-year-old with no knowledge of the game.
The closest I’ll ever come to playing the course will be when I pull out previous renditions of Tiger Woods PGA Tour video games. Living in Utah and now awaiting my second child, it seems the only way I’ll be able to get to Augusta will be to play the video game and nothing more.
In any case, my week has been filled with the color green since Sunday. On Monday I caught as much pre-Masters coverage as I could before heading to the Clipper office, a routine I kept until Thursday morning when the first set of players teed off.
Tournaments like the Masters are worth looking forward to. Like many other sports, it marks the pinnacle of the season even though there are so many more events to be played.
Baseball and NASCAR have a similar tradition. The annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game occurs roughly around the middle of the season when pennant chases are still going and division titles are still up for grabs.
In NASCAR, the Indianapolis 500 is one of the first, if not the first, race of the season.
The winner is marked as a star for life because the race is considered the “Super Bowl of NASCAR,” despite a whole season yet to be completed afterward.
Being the first major of the golf season, the Masters also marks the unofficial beginning of golf itself.
While several networks like the Golf Channel and NBC have aired tournaments for months, I haven’t paid full attention to golf other than catching a few minutes here and there on Sundays.
After this week; however, I’ll be sure to be more attentive towards golf in more ways than one.
I hope you enjoy the tournament as much as I do.