March Madness is over. Girlfriends and wives are excited to have the television back to watch their shows, while men attempt to find ways to entertain themselves (because we know you're still in that no working phase you've been in since Notre Dame and Princeton tipped off). But as they say in the infomercials, wait there's more!! It's Masters week! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and golf season is finally here as it's time to dust off those old Titleist's and try to avoid injury attempting your best Dustin Johnson impersonation. I myself prefer the John Daly impersonation, with most of my efforts spent at the beverage cart, but either way it's time to celebrate.
The Masters is way more than the first major of the year. The breathtaking venue seems somewhat like a painting, not a single blade of grass out of place. There's something about this tournament and this golf course that is almost too special for words. It carries a heavenly feel, but don't get too distracted by its beautiful Azalea's or she'll be quick to show the beast contained inside. Fast, undulated greens await the best players from across the world as they attempt to etch their name into history and make their dream become a reality when that green jacket gets slipped over their shoulders on Sunday evening. There will be a missing component this year however, as the late Arnold Palmer will be missing for the first time in decades. I have had the pleasure of playing golf most of my life at his home grown Latrobe Country Club and I think I speak for everyone when I say thank you for all you have done for the game and the personal care you gave to each and every fan that crossed your way, your presence will truly be missed.
Jordan Spieth will attempt to grasp his second green jacket and revenge the debacle that unfolded on the devilish little par three 12th hole just one year ago. He held the lead on Sunday, searching for two straight green jackets, when he dunked two balls into Rae's Creek. Danny Willett went on to win his first major and shock the entire golf community. Spieth has never finished outside the top two at the event. Many eyes will be on long-bomber Dustin Johnson as he's rattled off three straight victories and has sky rocketed to the world's number one ranking ever since his breakthrough U.S. Open victory at Oakmont, where the rules officials tried to screw him over yet again. There's many favorites this week, will it be Rory's turn to complete the grand slam? Or will Phil go for his fourth green jacket? Perhaps Sergio Garcia can get rid of his infamous title of best player without a major. Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, two-time champ Bubba Watson, and many other stars will attempt to put their name in the hat as well and make history. Conditions are not expected to be ideal with high winds and temperature's in the 50's and 60's. We are in for one tremendous week, always promised with an exciting finish thanks to Augusta National's back nine that's so beautifully designed for high-risk, high-reward. It's a golfers paradise this week, and the beginning of another fun-filled year of golf. Who's your pick?