Today is the par-3 tournament day at the Masters Tournament. This tournament has been going since 1960. The par-3 is a fun tournament where players interact closely with fans. Some players who are not in the Masters Tournament are allowed to play the par-3 tournament. Prior to the par-3 tournament there used to be a driving contest.
Augusta National Golf Club – Par-3 Course – Click for more images
The par-3 tournament takes place at Augusta National’s par-3 course, possibly the most beautiful par-3 course in the world, though the folks at Three Tops located at Treetops Resort might argue that point. As you will likely hear, no player who has won the par-3 contest has gone on to win the Masters Tournament.
Tiny greens… Augusta National Par-3 Course
I walked every hole of Augusta National’s par-3 course a couple of years ago and shot a ton of photos. For one shot I even snuck onto a little boat I found in the lake. The skies were a little gray the day I shot them but they still look great. I put together a gallery of 77 images of the course, the largest and most complete online photo gallery of the course that I’m aware of. All for you HOG “patrons.” Click the photos or the link below to view the gallery.
Augusta National Par-3 Course Photo Gallery
Greetings from Singapore. As mentioned a in the previous post, a family emergency has brought me here. Things are going well and according to plan so all is good on that front at this point. I hope to return home Thursday or Friday.
For breakfast I asked the hotel if they had pimento cheese sammiches but this was as close as they could get.
I do have some Masters Tournament posts coming down the pipe so stay tuned.
Masters week is without a doubt the best week of the year in the golf world. Nothing compares. For the next week we will be deluged with the greenest grass ever seen, azaleas, tradition, history both past and new, and incredibly exciting golf. There is no better tournament in the world. There is no golf product that is as consistently entertaining and exciting, year in and year out, as the Masters Tournament.
10th Hole at Augusta National Golf Club – Photo by Tony Korologos © 2016
Thank you Bobby Jones.
A Different Masters Week
This Masters Week is going to be far different than any other for me. I’m currently in the Salt Lake International airport waiting for a flight. Unfortunately it isn’t a flight to Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a flight to Los Angeles. From there I’ll be connecting to Tokyo. From Tokyo I’ll be on another flight to Singapore. There has been a family emergency. That’s about all I want to say about it at this point.
Stay tuned for as much Masters coverage as I can provide. I’ll have 30 hours of flying to write some posts and will hopefully post some unique perspectives to the Masters and Augusta National Golf Club soon.
Quick quiz: Who is the all-time best amateur in the history of golf, and who happens to have the same name as one of the best golf apparel brands on the planet, and who also was the founder of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, and whose photo is the only photo on the wall above my workstation at HOG world headquarters?
Bobby Jones is my favorite golfer in history, with Jack Nicklaus a close second. I wish I could have met the man before he passed. It would have been a lifetime event. Bobby Jones is also one of my favorite apparel brands and I’ve reviewed many of their fine pieces. See some links at the end of this post.
I almost didn’t want to post this in order to give myself a better chance at winning this, but Bobby Jones apparel is running a Masters contest. Pick the winner and have a chance at winning a $1000 Bobby Jones gift card. I could melt a Bobby Jones gift card in seconds. SECONDS!
If I don’t win, I hope you do. If you do win, my shirt size is XL. Just sayin’.
Bobby Jones 1/4 zip baby alpaca sweater
Bobby Jones Fragrance
Bobby Jones Wedges
Bobby Jones XH20 Aero Golf Polo
April 1 2016 – Tiger Woods announced today that he would be replacing Arnold Palmer in the traditional opening tee shot ceremony at the 2016 Masters Tournament. Palmer, 86, has been suffering from a lingering shoulder injury and earlier in March announced that he would not be able to participate in the opening tee shot.
Arnold Palmer Teeing Off In The Masters Opening Ceremony
Four-time Masters champion Woods, 40, has been battling injury as well and is recovering from another back surgery.
“I have concluded I’m not at a physical or mental state to compete in the Masters Tournament at this time. By taking part in the opening tee shot ceremony Thursday morning I will be able to participate and contribute to the event. I’m looking forward to seeing if I can out-drive Gary (Player).” ~Tiger Woods
Woods will join six time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus and three time champion Gary Player as part of the modified “Big Three.”
“I look forward to hearing the announcement, ‘fore please, Tiger Woods now driving.’ That said, I don’t plan on permanently relinquishing myself to a ceremonial starter and hope to return and compete for another green jacket in 2017.” ~Tiger Woods
The ceremonial tee shot takes place Thursday morning at 8:00am eastern time on the first tee of Augusta National Golf Club.