2013 Masters Preview
Headline the list of contenders
We might wonder if spring is ever going to come upon us this year, with March Madness and not much prospect for a better April. What event, when faced with such stiff competition from the weather, the world wide sporting events that now are available at a press of a button can bring us out of our winter blues… The Masters, “A tradition”
So what will the 2013 version bring us?
2013 Masters Schedule
- 2013 Masters Practice Rounds: April 8-9
- 2013 Masters Par 3 Contest: April 10
- 2013 Masters Thursday-Friday April 11 – 12
- 2013 Masters Saturday-Sunday April 13 – 14
2013 The Course
The history of the masters is a major factor in the greatness of this event, but not so much is known about the course and the naming of the holes, with each hole being named after a flowers or trees. This is possibly due to the fact that the masters course is situated on the old Fruitland nurseries which was purchased in 1931. The common names of the holes are.
No. 1 – Tea Olive
No. 2 – Pink Dogwood
No. 3 – Flowering Peach
No. 4 – Flowering Crab Apple
No. 5 – Magnolia
No. 6 – Juniper
No. 7 – Pampas
No. 8 – Yellow Jasmine
No. 9 – Carolina Cherry
No. 10 – Camellia
No. 11 – White Dogwood
No. 12 – Golden Bell
No. 13 – Azalea
No. 14 – Chinese Fir
No. 15 – Firethorn
No. 16 – Redbud
No. 17 – Nandina
No. 18 – Holly
The most famous three hole in golf, without a doubt are the three signature holes at Augusta, but what is the history.
“The second shot at the 11th, all of the 12th, and the tee shot at the 13th hole at Augusta are nicknamed “Amen Corner”. This term was first used in print by author Herbert Warren Wind in his April 21, 1958 Sports Illustrated article about the Masters that year. In a Golf Digest article in April 1984, 26 years later, Wind told about its origin. He said he wanted a catchy phrase like baseball’s “hot-corner” or football’s “coffin-corner” to explain where some of the most exciting golf had taken place (the Palmer-Venturi rules issue at twelve in particular). Thus “Amen Corner” was born. He said it came from the title of a jazz record he had heard in the mid-1930s by a group led by Chicago’s Mezz Mezzrow,Shouting in that Amen Corner”
2013 Par 3 Event
The 2013 Masters Par 3 Contest will be held on Wednesday, April 10, and will be shown live on TV.
Of all the traditions at the Masters, none is more endearing than the annual Par 3 Contest. This event is more of a family affair with friends, A list and most importantly family members caddying for their idols.
The competition acts as part competition and part stress relief on the eve of the Masters, the Par 3 Contest has not more than 50 years of tradition behind it. The inaugural exhibition was held in 1960 and won by Sam Snead (who would win again in 1974, one month shy of his 62nd birthday). The varied field consists of Tournament participants, non-competing past champions and Honorary Invitees. The course is varied and the holes range n length form 70 yards to 140 yards. There have been over 75 holes-in-one made since the competition started, including a record five in 2002.
The winner of the completion does seem to be handicapped by history with no one winner ever going on to win at the man event, “The Masters” The one caveat to this is that not every entrant posts a score with many choosing to simply relax and enjoy the moment.
2013 The Main Contenders
Everyone is eagerly awaiting the possible duel between Tiger and McIlroy at the 2013 Masters. Who will come out on top, will woods secure another impressive masters title? Or will, as so often happens someone emerge from the pack victorious?
It’s safe to say: He is back.
Breaking through this weekend, to regain the world number 1 spot, could not have come at a better time for Tiger, heading into one of his most hyped tournaments in recent memory. The key statistics are simple. Tiger had a disappointing competition last year finishing outside of the top 15, by some way, recently his form has returned and so too has his winning ways.
Everyone in the field is going to be sensing the return of Woods’ dominating presence, and a win this week could set in motion the history making we’ve all been waiting for.
The previously mentioned McIlroy is a mere 23 years old, but he is ready to shine on the big stage, recently he has been in the news for perhaps the wrong reasons, walking off the course, the possibility of not being at one with his clubs, have not helped his preparations. Most recently he was seen on a municipal course practising on the range
To be honest, putting Phil on the contender list is almost simply out of respect to quite possibly one of the most genuinely nicest guys that you will ever be able to meet.
Playing, at Augusta, Phil has been sharp in the early going. He will need to employ his natural skills with his short game and ensure the putter is working, then ride out the magic of Augusta to yet another green jacket. Would it be a surprise if he did?
It’s about time a European golfer picks up the title and the much converted green jacket; Rory we have already spoken about, but could it be Sergio, Lee or Luke?
All three have a great chance and the tools to win, none have really featured this year so the pressure may initially be off them a little. But come Thursday, of the tournament week, each will be trying to succeed. If the first round puts them in the frame, the pressure and European expectations will rise.
2013 Masters Prediction
And the winner will be….Rory McIlroy.
People have forgotten too quickly about his dominant performance at the US Open less than two year ago, and it is Rory’s time to shine at Augusta. It won’t be easy, as he does need to improve a lot in a short space of time, but he undoubtedly has the talents, he now has the mind set to accompany this. If he keeps his nose clean in the first two rounds and stay in contention, then the weekend will bring him the opportunity that no one will be grudge him.
What a final pairing it would be if we could see Tiger and McIlroy playing together on Sunday, can it happen?