The Masters Returns to April

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On April 8-11 the PGA took to Augusta, Georgia to bless countless viewers with the beauty of The Masters Tournament.

The Masters is considered by many to be the sought after major in all of professional golf. The Masters has been played at Augusta National Golf Club since the beginning of the tournament and has no plans to change locations. Making Augusta National without a doubt the most famous course in America and possibly the world. 

“Felt right turning on The Masters once again in April,” said senior Charlie McLaughlin. 

When McLaughlin heard that signature piano tune playing out at the beginning of the broadcast he felt a nostalgic feeling knowing The Masters is back to its proper cycle.

The tournament kicked off with the typical first drives coming from Gary Player, Jack Nicholas, and newcomer Lee Elder. Elder was added to the ceremony in honor of being the first African American man to play in The Masters.

“Great call by The Masters committee to remember such a prominent player,” said senior Richard Higley.

After that the tournament was off starting with some pretty high scores Thursday and Friday. The players were struggling with the very famous course even though they have played on it or seen it played many times.

Some big names in golf like former champion Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Sergio Garcia all missed the cut and wouldn’t be playing the weekend. 

“Surprised to see the early exit of so many big names,” said Higley.

Then the weekend rolled around with a tight race between what seemed to be just three guys Will Zalatoris, Xander Schauffele, and Hideki Matsuyama. 

The three seemed to be neck and neck the entire weekend, when one would hit a good shot the other would respond and keep the race going.

“It was very exciting to watch,” said McLauglin.

On the final day of the tournament Matsuyama seemed to pull away from the rest and solidify his win.

He was hitting shots and making putts all over the course and making the tournament seem out of reach.

“I was on the edge of my seat the whole time,” said Higley.

Everything seemed to change on whole 15 when Matsuyama went in the water and made a bogey to allow Schauffele to be within one stroke of him.

However, Schauffele went in the water on 16 allowing Matsuyama to cruise to victory.

“I was happy with him winning, good for golf,” said Higley.

Matsuyama was the first Japanese competitor to ever win The Masters and he is now seen as a hero in his country in the sports world for reaching the pinnacle of golf. Matsuyama was very excited during the trophy presentation holding a smile throughout the entire thing even though he is unable to speak english. Matsuyama later returned to Japan with the green jacket lying on his arm the whole way to bask in the glory he has created.