Augusta Has Arrived

It’s April folks. Let the Azalea bushes bloom and hummingbirds fly because it is Masters time. In
one of my favorite sporting events every year, Augusta National opens it’s doors to all of us for a few days to see the magic Bobby Jones built in Georgia.

In what I have watched these first few months of the 2013 PGA, we could be in for a wild
tournament. After 14 straight American wins to start the year the Scot, Martin Laird, played a
Johnny Miller type final round to win the Valero Texas Open, shooting a course record tying 63
to punch his ticket to Augusta. Tiger Woods has won three times already, Lefty once and Rory
had his best finish of the year with a late entry second place finish in San Antonio. Those are
just a few names that could throw on the Green Jacket this Sunday.

With a field full of talent, both young and old, Augusta is set for it’s annual drama. Amen Corner
seems to always separate players from the field. Crucial shots on 11, 12 and 13 can win or lose
the tournament. With the course now stretched to 7,400 plus yards, Augusta seems to favor the
long hitters, but course management and putting always seem to determine who wins or loses.
That, with a little guts and imagination to pull off some crazy shots is what it will take to win
throughout these magical four days.

It starts with the annual par three tournament on Wednesday and rolls through the craziness of
Masters Sunday. We have seen the likes of Greg Norman and Rory McIlroy give the tournament
away and men like Charl Schwartzel, Zach Johnson and Bubba Watson take it from the grasp of
very good players.

The horse for the course players are Tiger and Phil Mickelson, with seven Green Jackets
combined. Fed Ex Cup champs Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker have played very well to this
point in the PGA season. Hunter Mahan and Dustin Johnson are always scary but seem to falter
when it matters most. The English foursome of Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and
Justin Rose are very eager to break the British drought at Augusta. Fact is, all these players have
yet to win their first major and are itching to make their mark on the history of golf.

We have also seen great players forever change their lives by coming from the abyss to win in
the pines of Georgia. Guys like Larry Mize, Trevor Immelman, Mike Weir and Angel Cabrera
shocked the world with amazing finishes to pull off some unlikely upsets. Don’t ever forget that
it always takes a little luck on your side to be able to slide on that Green Jacket every once in a
while.

Best part of it all, this is only some of the recent action. Augusta National has a very long history
of delivering live drama to our viewing eyes. I do not expect anything less for 2013. Get the
pimento cheese sandwiches ready because it is that magical time of year where we as fans get to
watch the best in the world fight for the most treasured thing in golf…the Green Jacket. Bobby
Jones is smiling down on us all this week, so lets sit back and enjoy.