Green defines Augusta National. The grass is green, players wear green, and people pay a lot of green to get to observe spectacular golf in possibly the green-est area in the United States of America.
But truthfully, is there a more enjoyable sporting event to watch? No. There can’t be.
The energy, the excitement, the roars after an albatross by Louis Ooosthuizen, the cheers after Phil Mickelson hits a shot from the pine straw in the heart of Amen corner, or even the agony of missing a putt, like so many have done on the deceptively quick bent grass greens.
We all wish we could be there, don’t we? We all wish we could sprint to our spot on Amen Corner at the break of down. And we all wish we could get a taste of the pimento cheese or egg salad sandwich while walking arguably the greatest golf course in the world.
Don’t tell me you don’t, because everyone does.
It doesn’t matter if you like golf, or like Tiger, or even like being outside. You watch The Masters and you watch history.
What is your favorite moment? Have I already mentioned it? Probably so.
But mine, has to be Bubba’s shot from behind the trees on a playoff hole with the aforementioned Oosthuizen. How could you hit a shot at a 45 degree angle from the pine straw, how could you do it in possibly the biggest moment and on the biggest stage in golf. Who knows, but Bubba did it, and that is personally my favorite moment.
That shot by Bubba, last year’s putt by Adam, and shots by Tiger, Phil, Jack, and even Arnold Palmer are why I love The Masters.
In no other tournament can you find a 16 year old playing with say, 1992 Masters champion, Fred Couples. And although the amateurs might hit it long, and have skill, the elders will prevail.
And that, explains why Bobby Jones named it, “The Masters.”