The Masters Starts Today

The honorary starters will signal the opening of the 2019 Masters. This year only The Golden Bear and Black Knight will be the ones to hit the ball down the fairway. It is a tradition at all golfers appreciate and anticipate. With the pomp out of the way, the first threesome of Andrew Landry; Adam Long; Canadian Corey Conners will first of Tea Olive. The rest of the day will be filled with more notable players, yet none of that seems to matter when playing for the green jacket. With the media hype coming for its first climax of the tournament, what can we expect for the rest of the day?

A quick highlight of the par 3 event yesterday.

Several things are going to happen that will not surprise you. First, someone unexpected will go low. Someone unexpected will tank. The over half the field will struggle to shoot par or better. The players in the morning will shoot better than in the afternoon. And finally, Rory McIlroy will in the top 5 of the leaderboard.

The Masters is a unique beast. It is impossible to predict what will happen in a very short time. Just asked Nick Faldo about how he erased a 6 stroke lead over Greg Norman in 1986 to win his third green jacket. Or how Freddie Couples ball stayed dry on the 12th hole of the 1992 Masters that was the pivotal play that lead to his only green jacket. Amazing things can happen, but it is too difficult to predict what and when.

Regardless, the opening day of The Masters is important, but not critical to winning The Masters. “Craig Stadler shot 75 in 1982 and went on to win. Ian Woosnam was T-31 after 18 holes in 1991 and got it done. And more recently, Tiger Woods gave it 74 in 2005’s opening round and went on to climb over 32 other players over the final 54 holes.” (Golf Digest) My point is that a poor first round does not automatically eliminate a player. But, it makes if awfully tough to comeback and win.

Regardless of how it plays out, the first day of The Masters will be exciting. I will be watching as much of the action as possible and hopefully see some amazing shots. I am glad all the talk is over and we can some some outstanding golf from the best players in the world. On a side note, my first question of The Masters is this:

Thoughts?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

2 thoughts on “The Masters Starts Today

  1. I watched some of the Masters online early today before heading out to play myself. I tied Fred Couples at 6 over. lol Of course I wasn’t playing Augusta, but it kind of felt like it. The greens were hard as a rock today. I kept hitting nice tall shots and landing my ball near the front of the green and then watching it bounce and roll off the back sometimes as much as 15 feet. There was just no way to land on the green and stay there today. The greens on Chi Chi’s course are only a couple of months old and have been quite fast, but I expected that. I didn’t expect not to be able to hold a single green from anywhere outside 80 yards. They held much better last time I played. Thankfully my chipping around the green was pretty good and my putter even better today or I would not have broken 80 even though my driver was about as good as I’ve ever managed. I only missed one fairway and that left one me with just an easy 40 yard pitch from a lie where it was easy to get the club on the ball. I’ve never seen that course that tough. It was enjoyable just the same.

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