Thursday, April 7

2005 MASTERS TOURNAMENT GETS UNDERWAY THIS MORNING

Bolt lightening in the vicinity of Augusta, Georgia, has delayed the opening round of the 2005 Masters Tournament this morning, the first of professional golf's four "majors." The Masters Tournament has a rich history. It began in 1934 as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament, hosted by the legendary golfer Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, co-founder, along with Bobby Jones, of Augusta National Golf Club. The golf course was constructed on a 365-acre parcel of land which had been the Fruitland Nurseries and was designed by the eminent Scottish golf architect, Alister Mackenzie. I have been fortunate to attend the tournament twice in my lifetime (it's regarded as the "toughest ticket in all of sports") and the golf course and adjoining grounds are beautiful beyond description. As gorgeous as it looks on television, television can not do the place justice. Flowering plants and trees abound and you get the sense in walking the place that you're in a national park or a sublime piece of heaven. Let's hope the weather cooperates, although it's my understanding that rain is in the forecast today for Augusta.

LINKS:

Official Site of the Masters Tournament

Sports Illustrated

WEATHER UPDATE: Link.