What’s your favorite part about the Masters? A particular hole, like #12? The tradition? The style of play required? The snooty way the powers operate at Augusta National?
Here are a few things which stand out for me:
1. The design of the course requires all aspects of the players’ game to be in order. They need to hit long drives, they need to be accurate and hit the greens in the right spots. If they don’t, they have to possess a mad short game and putt very well.
2. One thing which is very cool is that Bobby Jones set up many holes where the lies in the fairway promote one type of shot, like a draw, but the approach shot to the green requires a fade. Most people are not aware of these things and just googoo over the beauty of the course itself.
3. The fact that the tournament is played at the same location every year is another great thing about the Masters. Everyone knows the holes, especially around amen corner. Everyone has memories about shots, like Tiger’s chip-in on #16 and of course all the awesome putts on #18 to win, like my pal Mark O’Meara or Phil Mickelson made to win his first green jacket.
That’s a long way of saying there’s not one particular thing which is my favorite about the Masters. It’s a package deal.