As the biggest names in golf arrive at Augusta National for the first major of the year and one of the most revered golf tournaments of all time, General Manager of Prestige Golfshire Patrick Wynn reflects on growing up watching The Masters in the US and what it means to him.
Growing up on the east coast of the United States, The Masters always meant something special to me. Not only was it the first Major Championship of the year, but it also meant spring was around the corner. It was time to start practicing in the front yard to hone my golf swing for a summer of walking the local municipal courses with my friends. The Masters was beginning of the nine months a year when you can play golf, and it showed just how beautiful and exciting golf can be.
The Masters has so many traditions it’s hard to list them all. From the blooming Azaleas to Par 3 competition to the opening tee shots by The Masters Legends to The back nine roars on Sunday to the green jacket presentation each has a special place within the event. Everyone who watches the event has a favorite moment or aspect. As an avid golfer, I always look forward to the back nine on Sunday afternoon. With course set up for good scoring, you’re likely to see multiple lead changes, birdies, eagles and maybe a few balls in the water.
Some of my personal favorite memories would be Tiger’s win in 97’, Tiger’s 05’ chip in on the 16th, Bubba Watson’s shot over the trees in the playoff in 12’, and Jordan Spieth’s dominance over the field last year. Not all Masters memories are of triumph, some are of heartbreak, but that’s what makes for such interesting television.
Catch some of these iconic moments here:
So now it’s time for me to make my prediction of who I think will be able to take home the green jacket this year. Will it be the defending champion Jordan Spieth (Last repeat winner Tiger 01’-02’)? Will it be Rory McIlroy who always seems to be in contention? Or will it be one of the past champions who know the course so well?
I think I will have to go with the golfer who is currently in the best form and recently showed he has the pedigree to win a Major Championship, Jason Day. Hopefully, he will become the second Australian in the last four years to don the green jacket. Our Head of Agronomy Mike McKenna is also favouring Day to claim the title while Lead Instructor Shivtaj Singh predicts Henrik Stenson to make a play for it. Our AGM of Sales & Marketing Tarun Ghogale is going for Rickie Fowler . Let’s see shall we boys?!
Though the time difference to India makes it tough to watch, I’m sure I won’t be the only one staying up to catch a glimpse of Augusta National. One day I hope to be there to see it live.
What are your predictions for this year’s Masters? We hope you’ll get a chance to catch it!