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Masters Week: Setting the Stage

PGA: The Masters - Practice Round Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Someone once warned me Winter was coming, but I can now respond that Spring has arrived. Maybe the astronomical Spring equinox came and went, maybe the metereological Spring clocked in a few weeks before (posts a quick SnapChat to DaveTheDawg to see if I’m right). No matter your way of slicing and dicing the Gregorian calendar, Spring has officially arrived because IT IS MASTERS WEEK.

2018 brings us the 80th edition of The Masters, the first major of the professional golf season. Which also happens to be the most watched golf tournament all year, and likely the most desired golf course to play across the globe.

The Masters is held on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National Golf Club, just off I-20 in Augusta, Georgia. It is an exclusive membership (though trust there are many UGA almuni amongst it’s ranks) and the course is even moreso. Much is made of the absolute pristine conditions of the course, the flora on full display, and the vistas available to player and spectator alike. There was even a weak attempt by one of the Dawg Sports staff to provide a hypothetical play-by-play of an imaginary round.

It is indeed a special place, and held in very high regard by the best golfers in the world. Sergio Garcia, the 2017 Masters Champion, experienced the birth of his first child just a few weeks ago. What did he name his daughter, you might ask? Azalea, of course. Oh, and he wore his Green Jacket to his wedding reception. Bold move there, El Nino.

We don’t just make a big deal out of Masters Week because it’s in Georgia, we make a big deal because we have University of Georgia alumni actually competing. Brian Harman, Russell Henley, Kevin Kisner, and Bubba Watson will all be vyiing to don the best-looking sportscoat in sports.

We’ll be back with more coverage, but feel free to use the comments below and tell us how The Masters is special to you.

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