Major Championships: The Masters Tournament at Augusta National

Are you excited for one of the biggest golf event of the year?
The Masters Tournament is starting today!

The Masters Tournament is the first of 4 major championships held every year in professional golf. It is held at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia since 1934. The Masters Tournament is an invitational type of event where every year, thousands of golfers gather to see who will play the lowest score on this incredibly complex course. Winning the Masters is one of the biggest achievements any professional golfer can dream of. This year again, the world’s best golf players, such as Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mckilson are all dreaming about winning the Masters.
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Is Rory McIlroy on his way to a Career Grand Slam? Rory McIlroy watches one of his shots during a practice round prior to the start of the 2015 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

When a player wins the tournament, the tradition is that he will receive his own green sports jacket. The tradition was established by Augusta National Golf Club co-founder Clifford Roberts, and has been going on since 1949. It’s also a tradition for the previous year’s winner to help the new winner put on his new jacket during the closing ceremony.

In addition to the jacket, winners receive a gold medal and have their name engraved on the master’s trophy. Winners of the Masters Tournament are automatically invited to the three other major championships for the next 5 years and will receive lifetime invitations to the Masters. Players who perform great feats are also eligible to receive various luxurious gifts. For example, the player with the lowest daily score receives a crystal vase, the players who manage to score a double eagle or score a hole-in-one win a large crystal bowl, and the players receive crystal goblets for every eagle they make.

 
Before the tournament, there is the popular Par 3 contest. First introduced in 1960, it’s usually played a day before the tournament.  Players compete for the lowest score on this 9-hole course where every hole is a short par 3. The winner of the Par-3 contest receives a crystal bowl, although no par 3 contest winner has ever won the masters tournament. Golfers can also use their own children as caddies, making this a fun and family-oriented day. In 2015, there were more than 9 hole-in-one during the round, and in 2016, Camilo Villegas blew everyone away after he scored 2 hole-in-ones in the same round.
Augusta is one of the most beautiful golf course in the world, with its lush vegetation, colorful flowers, carefully designed sand traps and beautifully maintained fairways. The par 72 course is 7,435 yards long and offers spectacular views and uncountable challenges. In the next few days, the best golf players in the world will compete on the course but only one will win a green jacket. Who do you think will win? Spieth, McIlroy, Mickelson? There are so many great players, it’s hard to say. One thing that’s for sure is that there will be a lot of surprises. Enjoy your Masters!
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A scenic view of the Par 3 course during the Par 3 Contest prior to the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Fun facts:
  • Jack Nicklaus has won 6 Masters, Arnold Palmer won 4 and Tiger Woods won 4, as well.
  • It’s common for TV broadcasters to add sounds of birds during the game to create more of an “exotic” feeling on television.
  • A rumour says that there’s blue dye in the water ponds at Augusta National to make them look better.
  • The official member list is secret – if you want to be a member, you have to be invited.
  • In May, on the very last day the club is open before closing for the summer, Augusta National’s caddies play free all day.

EDIT: Sergio Garcia has won the 201 7 Masters Tournament. 

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