The Masters, and Augusta National, captivates golfers from across the globe more so than any other tournament, but it also captivates those who wouldn't class themselves as golf fans. Here's why...
Why Casual Golf Fans Love The Masters
Traditionally every year on the Thursday of the first full week of April, golf fans wake up like it’s Christmas Day. Why? Because it is US Masters week. In 2020 this will of course be a little different because the event will take place in November, but the mystique and the beauty of Augusta National Golf Club will be on display regardless.
The carpet-like fairways carved out the beautiful forestry lined with pine straw, the colourful flowers, and the anticipation, Augusta is every golfer’s dream. If a golfer believes in heaven, you can bet that it looks something quite like Augusta.
Mix that with world class golf, prime time viewing on TV, for some, a small flutter and you’ve got the perfect ingredients to capture sports fans, and non-sports fans, of all kinds.
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Usually when the azaleas are on our screens, sunshine, BBQs, golf and plenty of good times are coming. In November the temperature could be a little colder which means we will be watching with maybe a hot drink and a cozy blanket, but that still sounds pretty great doesn’t it?
The Masters, for some, is what the sport is all about and will even be the first thing they imagine when they hear the word ‘golf’.
The boiler suits the caddies wear, the well-mannered ‘patrons’ in their chairs lined up like a school nativity play, and who’s forgetting the Sunday roars.
Another reason why The Masters captivates audiences on this side of the pond is down to the British and European success that we’ve seen since 1980.
England’s Nick Faldo, Scotland’s Sandy Lyle, Wales’ Ian Woosnam, Spain’s Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal, Germany’s Bernhard Langer have all become household names for their Augusta spoils.
They’ve forged spectacular moments and memories to last a lifetime, beating the Americans on their own turf.
We’ve, of course, also seen Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia slip into Green Jackets over the past few years.
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Special moments just seem to happen at Augusta don’t they?
Sandy Lyle’s 7-iron in 1988, Tiger Woods’ chip-in in 2005, Louis Oosthuizen’s albatross in 2011 were all jaw-dropping moments, and the fact that they were at Augusta, mixed with the roars and tradition, made them oh so special.
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With the pleasing aesthetics, world class golf and prime time viewing, it is no wonder why The Masters is so special to all.
Here’s to another great tournament in 2020.
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