I just love Master’s week.
The pageantry, the story lines, the pictures of past winners and reels of professional golfers putting on the green jacket year after year may seem monotonous to some.
However, for a fan of golf and someone who has always had a dream of playing a single round at Augusta, the annual Master’s Tournament is something I look forward too when the calendar turns from March to April.
The only way I can play the course now is thanks to the world of video games, but being able to play it on location in real life is something that should be on every golfer’s bucket list.
Despite being held early in the year, the Masters is a tournament that really is like nothing else, and it has been making its own bit of history in recent times.
For instance, despite the long-standing tradition of not allowing female members, two were recently added as full-time members. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina’s financier Darla Moore were added as members in August 2012, ending an 80 year “tradition” of no female members.
Another story line making a bit of history is the continuation of younger and younger golfers qualifying for the annual tournament. This year, 14-year-old Tianlang Guan will be the youngest golfer ever to qualify for the Masters and the second youngest to play in a major golf tournament ever.
Talk about pressure, but from what I’ve read about this middle-schooler, there won’t be any pressure put on by himself to play well.
Being able to play the tournament should be enough for some, but to play at the Masters at 14? Not even Tiger Woods could pull that off. Guan will be fun to watch, and if his scores hold up enough to even make the cut, he’ll be a story line that everyone will follow throughout the weekend.
Locally, one Utahn who will be at the Master’s tournament is Mike Weir, who hails from Canada but makes his home in the southern part of the state. Weir, the first ever left-hander to win the Masters in 2003, has played well in his 13 total starts at Augusta, making 10 cuts, and has finished in the top 30 on eight of those occasions.
He hasn’t done well recently, missing the cut in the last two Master’s events, but is always one to watch because of his single green jacket win.
Then there’s the usual stories. Can Woods win a major? Who could emerge as the “dark horse” of the tournament? Can Bubba Watson repeat as Master’s champion? All of these questions have filled the news wire from just about every major network leading up to the start of the tournament.
As the tournament now is in the middle of the first round, even more stories will continue to pour in. I personally can’t wait to see who will emerge as this year’s Master’s champion, and how well some of the other golfers will do.
I have my eye on a couple of them, personally, so we’ll see how well they do as the tournament spills into the weekend.
Hopefully you’ll share in my enthusiasm.