The U.S. Masters Signals the Opening of a New Golf Season
Yes, it’s that time of the year—The U.S. Masters’ 86th edition kicks off again in Augusta, Georgia on April 7, and needless to say, we’re absolutely stoked! The first of four Grand Slam tournaments to be held annually, it’s a happy reminder that the golf season has officially started.
The U.S. Masters was founded in 1934 and has since gone leaps and bounds, becoming one of the world’s most prestigious golf tournaments for professional players. As a storied sports event, it obviously comes with heaps of prize money for the winner – this year’s amount is set at USD 2,070,000 – but did you know there’s also a string of quirky traditions and rules? So, next to all that cash, the champion is gifted a super exclusive custom green blazer that he’s supposed to wear only on the venue’s pristine greens. As for the throngs of fans, they’re known here under the more dignified denominator patrons, and as such, they’re expected to leave their mobile phones at home. Yes indeed, it’s forbidden, just like wearing visor caps backwards. Anyway, let’s not digress any further and focus instead on this year’s hotly anticipated game.
First and foremost, it’ll be a happy return for the large contingent of patrons who were banned from the U.S. Masters’ impeccable greens for two long years in a row due to the global pandemic and related safety regulations. A total number of 91 players from 20 countries and territories across the globe will participate, including defending champion and breakout star Hideki Matsuyama. But we’re guessing all eyes will be fixated on five-time U.S. Masters winner Tiger Woods. The legendary golf player has been recovering from injuries sustained from a major car crash early last year. According to the Caesars sports betting app, the odds are 60-1 that the legendary player will snag his sixth green blazer.
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