Winter, a golf lover’s nightmare. It’s a season of unbearable cold, winds that make your face burn, and worst of all: the inability to hit the links. Yeah, go ahead and try to find your ball in the white snow. Even if you do find it, you won’t be able to hit it because any contact will result in a stinging feeling in your hands that makes you wish they would get frostbite already.
Alas, there is light gleaming at the end of this cold and blistering tunnel. That hope is spring, the slow transition from the frozen tundra to a time of comfortable coolness. As the snow melts away outside, people will tune into their TVs to be greeted by spring’s calling card. A commercial with The Masters’ theme music playing in the background. Signaling it’s time to resume golf.
Part of the aura that surrounds The Masters, from a fan’s perspective, is seeing the commercials that give even the most casual golfer an itch to go play. It’s a phenomenon that can only be explained through science. How the human brain develops a craving after seeing a delightful commercial for food or fun on a screen.
That theme music, coupled with Jim Nantz’s voice, puts golf fans in a trance. Like a child trying to be good for Santa’s arrival on Christmas, those golfers want to be in the golfing spirit when Masters’ weekend arrives.
Unlike any other major championship, The Masters has been played at one venue for the last 83 years. Yet, however many times you play the course as a professional, it still remains a challenge. Out of the hundreds of golfers who have played in the event over the past 83 years, only 17 have won the major more than once.
And on that list contains some of the most elite golfers to ever play the game. Names like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Sam Snead.
Another quality that distinguishes The Masters from any other tournament is the trophy awarded to the winner…or lack thereof. Instead of a piece of shiny metal, a Masters champion is cloaked in a green jacket which symbolizes prestige at Augusta National golf club.
Club members at Augusta National were given the first green jackets in 1939 and wore them during the early days of The Masters (which was called the Augusta National Invitational during that time period) in order to symbolize prestige and guide those who were visiting for the tournament.
The club began to award champions with a green jacket in 1949 when Sam Snead won his third Masters tournament. Past recipients received jackets as well. The club allows winners to wear the jacket for one year after they win but can then only wear the jacket when on club property after that.
— Sir Nick Faldo (@NickFaldo006) September 21, 2017
There is a level of prestige, history, and elegance that is tied to The Masters. That is what makes it so attractive to fans. It signals spring and awards only the most elite golfers in the game in a historic way. That is why The Masters will forever be golf’s greatest tournament.
As a golf fan (or casual fan) which Major Championship would be your favorite to watch?
— Mike Murphy (@maddogmurph55) October 2, 2017