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