I’ve been playing golf for about 25 years (I turned 38 in January) and have mostly loved every bit of it. For those that have played any kind of golf, you know what mean. Whether you’re good enough to be earning a living from golf or just enjoy a weekly round with friends there’s something about it that not many other sports can offer.
The best weekend of the year must be that in April when the golfing world turns its eyes to Augusta, GA and the US Masters. As someone who watched his first Masters in 1989 when Nick Faldo holed a birdie putt at the 11th to win his first green jacket, I’ve been drawn to the tournament like no other… only wish I didn’t have to get out of bed at about 4am to watch the telecast!
Some of the most memorable moments in sport have taken place on the hallowed turf at Augusta National. From “the shot heard around the world” by Gene Sarazen in 1935 to Arnold Palmer announcing his arrival in 1960 to Jack Nicklaus winning his 6th Masters at the age of 46 (still the 2nd oldest ever to win a major), it’s still remains as one of the most iconic sporting events ever.
As I type this during the closing stages of the 3rd round (at a much more sleep friendly time of 7:50am!) I’m reminded that sport can show us the most remarkable things. Seeing Jordan Spieth at the top of the leaderboard… not one of them. But watching Bernhard Langer hole out for a 70 to finish at 1 under and 4th place tells the world that Father Time doesn’t quite have the same success rate as with other major sports, but he does come out on top in the end! He certainly would be the sentimental choice as Sunday approaches, but with names like Spieth, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson also on the leaderboard it won’t be easy.
I’m sure everyone has their own memories of the Masters, be it a player or a certain year, but one thing is for sure… this tournament brings the golfing world together like few sporting events around the world. And I’ll be sacrificing some sleep tomorrow morning to watch the entire final round, and I know I won’t be the only one.