Fitness is the key to fantastic golf. Of course everyone is noticing Bryson Dechambeau because of his dramatic increase in physical strength resulting in booming drives. However, most players do not have the the time, money or desire to change that dramatically. Most players, in my opinion, want to be physically fit to enjoy golf and more importantly all the other activities which makes life fulfilling. Personally, I fit into the last category.Continue reading
The 2020 Masters will be played starting Thursday. With 96 players in the field, Augusta National is feverishly preparing their auspicious venue for another spectacular event. However, 2020 has thrown some unexpected twists into the fray and these changes may take some the wind out of the hype that traditionally surrounds this Major.Continue reading
It is that time again where the children are out on the streets, going door to door looking for the best candy. As a kid, we all shared in the excited and hope that we would be able to make the big haul. It is a time honoured tradition and I expect that tonight you will have many little ones dressed up in all sorts of costumes hoping your house gives out the best treats. Continue reading
The waiting is over! The Masters starts today! After much anticipation the honorary starters will tee things off at 8:05 am. Calling Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player (we will miss Arnold Palmer this year) to the hit the ceremonial first balls of the tournament is the beginning of “a tradition unlike any other”.
Following these golfing greats will be Jim Herman, winner of the Shell Houston Open last weekend, and Steven Bowditch. I cannot image the pressure and excitement these two will feel following Nicklaus and Player at The Masters. I would be shaking like a leaf and hoping I made contact with the ball! Continue reading
The first round of the 2015 Masters is in the books. The stellar play by Jordan Spieth (-8), Ernie Els, Charley Hoffman, Jason Day and Justin Rose (all -5) have them leading the field. Except for Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, the rest of the names in the top 10 were not on most pundits’ radar! But, it is still the first day.
The Masters is a game of endurance, it is not a sprint. As the next three days unfold, many aspects of the leader’s game will be tested. Most of all, their ability to handle the pressure of leading the Masters.
The first day of the Masters is always exciting where the anticipation for fantastic golf changes to reality for golfing fanatics. However, for me, there is always one aspect of the Masters I look forward to seeing each year. The honorary starters hitting the first ball. This year, like others in the past, Arnold Palmer , 85, Gary Player, 79, and Jack Nicklaus, 75, thrilled the crowds with three awesome shots.
When I look at these great players, I cannot help but remember all the fantastic memories they have created. They transcend time as I see them bend over (more of a feat than we would think given their age), line up, and launch their drives down the first fairway. These three giants are worthy of our respect and admiration for making golf the game it is today. Their stats are simply amazing. Here is a quick snapshot of how great these players really are:
|Honorary Starters of the 2015 Masters|
|Arnold Palmer||Gary Player||Jack Nicklaus|
|Masters Top 10||9||8||15|
|Professional Wins Worldwide||95||178||116|
The stories these golfing legends could tell would be mind-boggling. Each time they tee it up at the Masters, I take a trip down memory lane. The championships they have won and lost; the spectacular shots over the years; and the grace and gentlemanly fashion in which they carried themselves is a lesson for us all. Watching the honorary starters is a tradition I love about the Masters and if you missed it:
Tomorrow is another day. The pressure will continue to build. I am looking forward to seeing if the current leaders have the game (both mentally and physically) to extend their lead. Right now, many players are working towards the privilege of playing on the weekend; I still think Rory McIlroy will win and he will start making his move tomorrow. Who are your movers and shakers for tomorrow?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!