It has been a long winter and most Canadians are looking forward to finally putting away their snow shovels, skis, and winter clothes for the season.
The month of April marks the beginning of many great things in the world of sports. Major league baseball is back and so are the Jays, competing once again for the American League Championship. The Maple Leafs are again in the playoffs which begin on April 11, and this weekend the Masters is back in Augusta, Georgia.
Although the PGA season officially began back in October, the Masters truly means the beginning of the golf season for most Canadians. The Masters is the first major tournament of the 2018 season and it features the top 83 players in the world, all vying for the coveted green jacket.
In 2017, Sergio Garcia captured his first Masters win, with a sudden-death victory over Justin Rose. The favourites this year to bring home the 'green jacket' include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy. Tiger has won the Masters four times, Mickelson three times, and McIlroy has yet to win a green jacket at Augusta. He did however capture the Arnold Palmer Invitational back in March of this year. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Speith, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, and John Rahm are a few more favorites looking to win the Masters for the first time.
There will only be two Canadians playing in this year’s Masters. They include Mike Weir, who won at Augusta in 2003, and Adam Hadwin.
The weather may be a factor this weekend should rain be in the forecast. Dry weather means that the greens will be fast and treacherous at Augusta. The pin positions are always difficult, come the weekend and should there be rain, scores may be considerably lower than if the sun shines.
They say that the Masters does not start “until the back 9 on Sunday”. So let’s all sit back, fasten our seat belts and enjoy all the excitement this weekend at Augusta. Television coverage begins on CBS at 5 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon with the par 3 contest. Tournament coverage begins with the opening round on Thursday and continues until the last putt falls on Sunday afternoon.
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