PGA Tour First Look: The Masters

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It’s time to take a deep breath. Finally, the week of The Masters is upon us as the best golfers in the world make the scenic drive down Magnolia Lane to Augusta National for the first major championship of the season.

As you might expect with any major championship, the 93 person field is chock full of talent, including 54 of the top 58 players in the official world golf rankings. When you add into that number a host of talented amateurs and a handful of golfers that qualified by way of winning a tournament, you get history in the making.

Augusta National Golf Club is a par 72 course that plays roughly 7,435 yards long. It was designed in 1930 by Bobby Jones and Alistair Mackenzie and it was one of the most recognizable and revered golf courses in the world. The signature magnolia trees and azaleas add to the already breathtaking layout. While the entire course is something to behold, the most well known section of the course comes at holes 11 through 13, known as “Amen Corner”. This trio of holes is sure to test the acumen of the field on a daily basis.

Heading into the week, Tiger Woods is a heavy favorite to bring home his fifth green jacket, breaking a nearly five-year major championship drought. Woods has won three of the four stroke-play events that he’s started in 2013 and has been putting out of this world recently. He also holds the 72-hole record at this event, having shot 270 during his runaway win in 1997.

In addition to Woods’ quest for his 15th major and fifth green jacket, there are myriad other storylines this week. Can Rory McIlroy get something going after his offseason equipment change? Will 14 year-old Tianlang Guan make the cut? Can Bubba Watson become the fourth back-to-back winner of The Masters, repeating his masterful performance from 2012?

I really don’t care who wins. The only thing that I know is whether this tournament goes into a playoff on Sunday or there is a runaway champion, it’s going to be great to watch it unfold over the next several days.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

 


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