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Why we Love The Masters! Part I

By on October 16, 2017

The first Major of the year, the Spring Classic, The Masters is here.  For me, the tradition, the prestige, and the mystique make it the most exciting and anticipated tournament of the year.

But this is not about me!  It’s about you and what you, as Golfing Fanatics love most about the event.  So we asked the question on the Golfing Fanatics Facebook page and received lots of great feedback.  So much so, this blog will be broken into two parts.

As the answers poured in, the most common response was that people love the history and tradition of The Masters, which makes sense because history is an important element of not just golf but of life itself.  As the saying goes, “if you don’t know where you’ve been, you can’t know where you’re going.”

The tradition of the tournament speaks for itself as it is the only Major that is played on the same golf course year after year.  The fact that it was founded by one of the greatest to ever play the game, makes it that much more prestigious, so let’s learn a little about its beginnings.

Bobby Jones retired from golf in 1930 after achieving what no other golfer has been able to do since, capturing the Grand Slam; that is, winning all four majors in one year.  Back then, the Grand Slam consisted of The U.S. Open, The Open Championship, The U.S. Amateur, and The British Amateur.  He was 28.

Even though he retired from competitive golf at what seemed to be his prime, Mr. Jones was not done giving to the game he loved so dearly.  He had a vision of a private club and an exclusive annual invitational, so he and Clifford Roberts set out to create Augusta National amidst a depression that was closing many other golf courses of the time.

Augusta opened in 1933 and in 1934, the first Masters was played.  To give the event even more historical perspective, consider what was going on in the world and in the U.S. at the time: The U.S. was in the middle of The Great Depression, President Roosevelt was trying to prevent an auto strike, Hitler was working on a plan of world domination, prohibition had just ended the year before, and Shirley Temple captured hearts in the film Bright Eyes!

Amidst all the complications, challenges, and horrors of the world, golf, back then, as it does today, delivered an escape from the worries people had on their minds and at 10:22am on March 22, 1934, Mr. Jones struck his tee shot, his first competitive round of golf since 1930, and The Masters, the ultimate escape, was born.

No, Jones did not win the event that year.  In fact, his tie for 13th was his best showing in 12 appearances.  Would the history of the event be even greater had he won?  I am sure it would, but it would not make a difference to us now as The Masters has grown into one of, if not the, finest golf event of the year.

Bobby Jones gave the game so many memories and gifts, and The Masters tournament was his final gift and quite possibly the best!  Thank you Mr. Jones, thank you …

… Next up … Classic Meltdowns and Ultimate Surprising Victories …

About Marty McDonald

Marty leads the Golfing Fanatics Marketing and Social Media side. Created the Golfing Fanatics Brand and online Club for all levels of Golfers.

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