April is a very special month for me and it is by far my favorite month of the year. April is a time when we begin to shake off the cold from winter and begin to look forward to what the spring and summer will bring. April is awesome not only because of my birthday, but also because it marks the start of a new golf season.
In April, the ranges fill up as everyone shakes off the winter rust, the courses start to get nicer (or prepare to open after a harsh winter), and the Masters Tournament is finally here. This is the first of four major championships in professional golf and it is held at the same place every year, Augusta National.
The Masters invites the best players from all areas of the world to compete at the most prestigious event in golf. Here are a few reasons why the Masters is so unique:
1. The Masters is the only major that is always played at the same place.
2. The Par 3 Contest- The Masters is one of the only tournaments that has a mini tournament before it. This is not a very serious tournament (although some do take it seriously), but it is something that can lighten the air for fans and players before the real tournament begins. Did you know that no one has ever won the golf tournament after winning the Par 3 contest?
3. The Green Jacket- The winner of the Masters Tournament is always presented a green jacket as their trophy, arguably the most coveted item in all of golf. If you own this green jacket, then you truly are a master of golf.
4. The History- Some of the greatest moments in golf history happen at the Masters. From tiger’s chip shot to Bubba’s 40 yard hook around trees and onto the green, every player has a chance to make Masters history on any given shot.