| Noth­ing is Quite Like the Masters

The Masters is the Masters and there is noth­ing quite like it in all hon­esty. Well in golf at least, as the Kilted Cad­die writes.

HK Golfer - - Contents - By The Kilted Cad­die

For sheer spectacle, energy and Oscar Award Cer­e­mony like at­mos­phere you have to give it to the com­pe­ti­tion held at Au­gusta Na­tional.

The Open is mar­vel­lous and on a golf­ing level prob­a­bly the golf tour­na­ment most pros would like to have un­der their belt, but for sheer spectacle, energy and Oscar Award Cer­e­mony like at­mos­phere you have to give it to the com­pe­ti­tion held at Au­gusta Na­tional. These guys can put a show on.

This place is stag­ger­ing, cat walk beau­ti­ful, a se­duc­tive harem for our golf­ing lusts. It is heav­enly per­fect tee to green, spot­less, aza­lea scented, cad­die white and di­a­mond blue, the Amer­i­can dream.

Of course, I have never been there as I don’t, as of yet, have the con­nec­tions to worm my way into this Au­gusta club’s mem­ber­ship ranks, nor the bucks to buy a ticket, nor un­for­tu­nately the writ­ing abil­ity or sta­tus to get a press pass. And that’s a shame be­cause it seems a real good gig.

The press is now seem­ingly treated like roy­alty by all ac­counts, and were housed in a new man­sion ad­ja­cent to the driv­ing range with sump­tu­ous fa­cil­i­ties and a menu with crayfish étouf­fée, braised brisket of beef and pi­mento cheese. Mind you it’s not a hol­i­day. I mean you have to, I pre­sume, watch the golf and post some half de­cent writ­ing. And some­times that’s not easy I would think. You are bound to catch some golfers at the wrong mo­ment.

One chap seem­ingly tried to in­ter­view Bubba af­ter he’d missed the cut. He seem­ingly quipped ‘golf is hard, I don’t know if you’ve ever played but writ­ing ar­ti­cles is easy.’ Maybe if the said writer hadn’t men­tioned his lunch of crayfish étouf­fée he would have got a more sym­pa­thetic re­sponse mind you. But Bubba is right. Golf is a damn hard game and Au­gusta is a hell of a course. I am sure Jor­dan Spi­eth will have on­go­ing night­mares about the par-3 round Amen Cor­ner. In fact, I am sure he will take it to the grave. And as for these greens, they are enough to turn any­one to drink I would think.

And yet time and time again this brings out the best in our top play­ers. And for Ser­gio this year it was a dream come true and one could not help think­ing that it was meant to un­fold this way - in true ro­man­tic and sym­bolic fash­ion. Win­ning on the day that would have been Seve’s 60th birth­day. There is a lovely photo of Ser­gio hold­ing the tro­phy and point­ing his fin­ger to heaven. He was cer­tainly in­spired if not helped by that great man, for I cer­tainly thought that ea­gle putt on 15th got an un­canny bit of ex­tra mo­men­tum from some­where up high. I think the physics un­der­ly­ing that golf shot would have left a Mr Isaac New­ton bam­boo­zled.

All credit to a mag­nan­i­mous Justin Rose though. Won­der­ful stuff and ex­cel­lent sports­man­ship. He did im­mense credit to him­self and the game. But the energy that so much pours through the veins of Ser­gio Gar­cia is the golf tour­na­ment in At­lanta Ge­or­gia, in Spring.

‘Golf is hard, I don’t know if you’ve ever played but writ­ing ar­ti­cles is easy.’

Bubba Wat­son, who has won the Masters twice in 2012 and 2014, missed the cut this year

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