|Golf has some of the most storied traditions in all of professional sports. After all, its history dates back centuries, and many of the stories of years past are legendary. Perhaps the greatest tournament of them all, however, is the Masters. Held at Georgia's beautiful Augusta National Golf Club, this annual event is the first of golf's four majors and has provided anybody lucky enough to get Masters tickets with an experience unlike any other. |
Often referred to as U.S. Masters by persons outside of the United States, the tournament is the sole annual golf championship that is held at the same location year over year. Located in Augusta, Georgia, the Augusta National Golf Course was founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. An amateur golf champion and a banker, respectively, the unlikely pair joined forces to create a course that the world’s best players would desire. Frequented by golf’s upper echelon, Masters Tournament has not only been the source of many innovative policies of play, but also is the foundation for many interesting traditions. These traditions, dating back to the late 1940s, include the presentation of a green jacket to the winner which is returned after one year, the playing of a social Par 3 contest the day before the tournament and a super exclusive dinner attended only by past champions and board members. The dinner has been graced by greats Sam Snead, Fred McLeod, Jock Hutchinson, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.
The Masters Tournament is a professional Golf competition that golf enthusiasts look forward to the first complete week of April every year. At the tournament’s 1934 inception it was billed as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament, continuing to be known as such over the next five years. Continually fine tuned to provide patrons and competitors with the finest golf experience possible, the Masters is the event that golf aficionados and appreciators must attend. At the first Masters, Horton Smith won the first of his two titles, and ever since some of the biggest names in golf have come to Augusta year after year.
Aside from quirky traditions, Masters is home to such pioneering policies as: playing 18 holes on each of four days, abolishing qualifying rounds, allowing only players and caddies to be inside the playing area as well as limiting commercialization of the event. These guidelines assist in keeping the event’s classiness. For one glorious period each year, Masters becomes the center of the sports and entertainment universe. The highly civilized happening is marked by the presence of fans from the world over. Defined not just by the hush heard on the green as household names like Arnold Palmer putt, the tournament is pure sophistication played on magnificent grounds that were always yearning to be rolling gold greens.
Though many iconic golfers have tamed the course and made it through the famous Amen Corner, few are more synonymous with Augusta than Jack Nicklaus. The Golden Bear won six of his 18 major championships at the Masters, including in 1986 when he shocked the field and won at 46 years old. More recently, Masters Champions have given golf fans many memorable moments. Who can forget when Tiger Woods chipped in for the birdie on the 16th hole in 2005's final round en route to his fourth championship? Bubba Watson capped an emotional tournament in 2011 with his first major championship in a tense playoff. There are sure to be more memories to be made in the years to come as well.
Not just a round of golf, the momentous gala is an exhilarating experience. Regardless if you are a Masters tenderfoot or a passionate fan, you cannot miss this historical occasion. Be part of the annual sporting event whether you are stateside or international. Positions on the green are far and few between, and anyone lucky enough to have attended previous years can attest to the greatness that’s par for the course year after year, don't miss your chance to see the golf greats compete LIVE. Buy your Masters tickets now!