This week’s blog is a preview of the eagerly anticipated opening men’s major that is coming up in just under a weeks’ time – The Masters 2018. In just under a week, the world’s best players will compete for the coveted Masters Green Jacket at the magnificent Augusta National Golf Club.
The Masters is the first major of the year and unlike the others, is held at the same venue – Augusta National Golf Club – every single year which never makes it less exciting as each year, after the conclusion of the tournament, the course is developed further to make it more challenging year after year. Augusta National Golf Club is famous for the fact that it is the home to the Masters. The course is situated in a dream-like setting and it is one of the world’s most exclusive golf clubs. Although many of us will never tee up on the 1st hole, we can enjoy watching the best golfers in the world take on this challenging course at The Masters. Even if you haven’t managed to get tickets to experience the excitement unfold at Augusta National, you can still enjoy following it from afar.
There are many architects who have contributed to the development of Augusta National including Robert Trent Jones, George Cobb and Jack Niklaus just to name a few. Although keeping a ball in play is not difficult on the course due to the fact that there is no rough, the chipping is difficult due to the very fast greens. There is no doubt that this is a spectacular course and provides a true test of championship golf every year for the world’s best players.
In the last 30 years, international golfers have won The Masters 16 times and previous winners have included the brilliant Nick Faldo in both 1989 and 1990, Ian Woosnam in 1991, England’s Danny Willett in 2016 and most recently, Spain’s Sergio Garcia last year. There has been some excellent golf played by European golfers in the last few weeks and hopefully, this is a sign to come that they will prove a stern challenge at Augusta next week. Rory McIlroy will find himself in the limelight next week at Augusta due to his excellent golfing performances recently including at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. McIlroy is a four-time major champion and just needs a win at The Masters in order to complete the career Grand Slam which is sure to mean that he will feel some of the extra pressure next week on the course.
For the first time since 2015, Tiger Woods will be teeing up at the 1st hole at Augusta National for The Masters. Woods is back and ready to take on the younger talent that has qualified for this brilliant golf tour. What is great about The Masters, is that there are professionals and amateurs playing and it is a chance for newcomers to make a great first impression on the spectacular Augusta National course.
Every year, golfers young and old anticipate their chance to tackle the Augusta National course, whether it is four-time winner Tiger Woods or one of the special invitees such as Shubhankar Sharma who is a 21-year old from India, everyone is looking to compete for the Masters Green Jacket and show their best game this time around. There is a lot of talk about Tiger Woods’ return to Augusta National and Woods is sure to provide some golfing entertainment with his return that will be unforgettable.
Last year’s winner of the coveted Masters Green Jacket, Sergio Garcia, is ready to return to Augusta National next week to try and defend his title and keep the Green Jacket but there are many newcomers and other seasoned professional golfers for him to compete with this year, such as Tiger Woods. Sergio Garcia may have only one major golfing championship, which was The Masters last April, but he is sure to prove excellent competition to all of the other golfers at Augusta National Golf Club next week.
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that even if you didn’t manage to get tickets with one of the fantastic Golf Escapes packages that we offered, you will still enjoy following these exciting few days of golf. If you didn’t get tickets to August this year, we highly recommend that you think about it for 2019…