As the lat­est Mas­ters dis­played, golf has to be the most ex­cit­ing sport in the world. In my opin­ion, the un­pre­dictabil­ity of the out­come makes it so in­trigu­ing. Surely no one would have fore­cast at the out­set of the tour­na­ment that Pa­trick Reed would be the win­ner of the bat­tle for the Green Jacket or that Jor­dan Spi­eth’s late charge for the lead­er­ship would dwin­dle out in such a re­mark­able cli­max to an in­tense fin­ish.

In the past 12 years alone, we’ve seen 11 dif­fer­ent win­ners at Au­gusta. Com­pare this with so many other sports, where in­di­vid­u­als or teams mo­nop­o­lise the hon­ours. There are al­ways fresh faces com­ing through in golf, which sug­gests that the di­ver­sity of cham­pi­ons we’ve be­come used to will con­tinue far into the fu­ture. It’s just a pity that the game doesn’t get the recog­ni­tion it de­serves on the back pages.

Stephen McCarthy, Glas­gow

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