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April 7, 2011 - Seth Staskey
One of the nation's most exciting and purest sporting events is ongoing. A Tradition Unlike That of Any Other, the Masters teed off Thursday morning.
This is a very entertaining golf tournament for many reasons. First and foremost, it's the first major of the new season and really gives you the feeling that it's golf season. Yeah, the PGA Tour began its season in January, but when you live in Ohio, January isn't quite golf season. However, with each passing week, the tour moved closer to the Eastern Time Zone and now here it is in Augusta, which means it's golf season on this side of the country.
Secondly, it's a great tournament for all it stands for. There's so much tradition surrounding Augusta National Golf Club. While some of its rules may be a little old-fashioned obviously, the club holds true to what it's stood for since its inception. The Green Jacket is the most recognizable award in sports. Don't believe me? Well, how many times have you spotted gentlemen wearing a green sports coat and immediately thought to yourself that he must have won the Masters. It just comes with the territory.
Thirdly, Augusta National is a fair, but challenging golf course. I wrote this in my first Off the Tee column of the season last week. The numbers are low, but not ridiculously low to the point where the best players in the world make a challenging course look like some joke.
Fourthly, since Augusta National controls so much of the tournament, it gets sponsors to pay CBS for the advertising time and the weekend rounds of the tournament are shown basically commercial free, leading up to the presentation of the Green Jacket inside Butler Cabin.
Settle in, it's going to be a great weekend of golf.
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