The US Masters

The much-anticipated US Masters begins this week, with the prestigious event shaping up to be one to remember. Established in 1934, the Masters is one of four major championships in professional golf. With the tournament being held at Augusta National Golf Club annually, the biggest names in golf are all vying for the opportunity to be remembered in history as one of the sport’s elite.

Although numerous prime golfers will be participating, all eyes will be on Tiger Woods. Having already won three PGA Tour events this year, his recent form has ensured his reclamation of the World Number 1 ranking, and a considered favourite for the Masters title. Chasing Jack Nicklaus’ record of six US Masters titles, and furthermore, 18 majors, Woods will be hungry to seal another victory. The question that still remains is: Can Tiger Woods handle the pressure of a major?

Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar will each be searching for their first Masters success, whilst Bubba Watson will look to defend his 2012 title and retain the green jacket. The Australians in the mix include Marc Leishman, John Senden, Jason Day and World Number 7 in Adam Scott, whilst golfing legends Ernie Els and Fred Couples will also take the course.

No matter the outcome, the tournament, in which generates a total prize fund of $8 million, will guarantee to be a showdown between the greats of the modern game. I, alongside millions of other golf fans, will be tuning in to witness yet another occurrence of arguably the most respected championship in professional golf, and personally… Go Tiger!

About Caitlin Nobes

An 18-year-old aspiring sports journalist. I have just started a sports-related blog, based on my opinions and match summaries:


  1. Andrew Starkie says

    Gday Caitlin,

    Is this your first Almanac contribution. If so, welcome. Yes, it’s Masters time again. I fulfilled a life long ambition in 1997 – well before you were born – by conning my way into the Masters. I was traveling around the US with a mate and we planned the whole two months around the Masters. I’ve written a piece about it , you might find it on this site somewhere.

    1997 was Tiger’s first year and win. On the Thursday, he shot 40 on the front nine and 30 on the way in. Jack Nicklaus said, ‘The rest of us may as well go home’. Tiger won by about 10, I think.

    It’s a most intriguing tournament this year. Can Tiger overcome his demons or will he forever be slave to them? And Rory? He’s a had an interesting time lately – pulling out of tournaments, walking off the course etc.

    Bubba’s win in 2012 was the stuff of sporting fantasy. The type The Masters specialises in.

    All the best with your writing.

  2. Peter Flynn says

    Hi Caitlin,

    Enjoyed your contribution and good luck with your writing.

    Like Andrew, I’ve been to Augusta and written a couple of pieces about the place and the tournament for the Almanac.

    I saw Bubba’s winning shot from the back of the 10th green.

    One of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.

    For mine, Oosthuizen to beat Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson.

  3. Some fascinating 3-balls… any favorite groupings?
    I love the Brandt Snedeker, Ryo Isikawa, Justin Rose “pairing”; Bubba and Ian Poulter in the same group; Jason Day, Ricky Fowler and Padraig Harrington is probably my pick of the threesomes.
    And what about having a 14 yr old in the field?

  4. Caitlin Nobes says

    Thank you Andrew and Peter, I will seek out your previous writings and have a read. I would love to get to Augusta one day.
    Definitely agree with the Snedeker/Ishikawa/Rose pairing, will be an exciting set to watch. I will also be watching how Luke Donald goes alongside Tiger, as well as Ian Poulter against the defending champion. I would love to see Rory get off to a good start also.
    A fantastic opportunity for the youngster, definitely an advantage being exposed to the pressure of a major at such an age.

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