Wednesday, April 17, 2013

2013 Masters Tournament - Aussie Rules

Adam Scott talks with his caddie Stevie Williams
Aussie Rules were in effect at the 2013 Masters golf tournament! PGA golfer Adam Scott finished strong on Sunday at The Masters, and gave his home country of Australia their first ever Masters Championship. The old adage is that The Masters does not really begin until they play the back nine holes on Sunday. The 2013 tournament proved that to be true once again, and then some, since a two-hole playoff was necessary for Scott to finally defeat 2009 Masters Champ Angel Cabrera. Australians love their sports, and their superstars, and after winning The Masters Scott commented about how legendary golfer Greg Norman inspired him and a legion of youth to take up the game of golf in Australia. Norman never won at The Masters, despite some terrific efforts, but now he knows his prior efforts are still paying dividends. Fortunate to attend the first round of golf on Thursday at the 2013 Masters tournament, I can report that the spring dogwoods and azaleas were in beautiful bloom. The playing conditions on Thursday were benign with little to no wind blowing on the course, and the greens soft and receptive. Several players were able to best par be several strokes on Thursday, but then Augusta National proved to be very stingy for the next three rounds. Through three and a half rounds of golf, it was not clear that Adam Scott would win. In fact, it was not clear at all who would claim the title of Masters Champion. It seems that another adage of The Masters is true, that it is a golf tournament unlike any other.

2013 Masters patron badges
To view my feature article on the 2013 Masters click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries about The Masters click here.

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