Why Casual Golf Fans Love The Masters

The Masters, and Augusta National, captivates golfers from across the globe more so than any other tournament, but it also captivates those who wouldn't class themselves as golf fans. Here's why...

Why Casuals Love The Masters
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The Masters, and Augusta National, captivates golfers from across the globe more so than any other tournament, but it also captivates those who wouldn't class themselves as golf fans. Here's why...

Why Casual Golf Fans Love The Masters

Every year on the Thursday of the first full week of April, golf fans wake up like it's Christmas Day. Why? Because it's Masters week. In 2021, the event returns to its traditional April slot, this was after the tournament took place in November last year, due to the Covid pandemic. This year, though, we will see the mystique and the beauty of Augusta National Golf Club on full display.

The carpet-like fairways carved out the beautiful forestry lined with pine straw, the colourful flowers, and the anticipation, Augusta is every golfer's dream. If a golfer believes in heaven, you can bet that it looks something quite like Augusta.

Mix that with world class golf, primetime viewing on TV, (for some) a small flutter and you've got the perfect ingredients to capture sports fans, and non-sports fans, of all kinds.

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Sergio finally won a Major at the 2017 Masters Tournament (Getty Images)

With The Masters returning to their April date, the azaleas will be out in full bloom on our screens, the sunshine will be starting to come out, BBQs, golf and plenty of good times are coming. That sounds pretty great doesn't it?

The Masters, for some, is what the sport is all about and will even be the first thing they imagine when they hear the word 'golf'.

The boiler suits the caddies wear, the well-mannered 'patrons' in their chairs lined up like a school nativity play, and who's forgetting the Sunday roars.

Another reason why The Masters captivates audiences on this side of the pond is down to the British and European success that we've seen since 1980.

England's Nick Faldo, Scotland's Sandy Lyle, Wales' Ian Woosnam, Spain's Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal, Germany's Bernhard Langer have all become household names for their Augusta spoils.

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Why Casual Golf Fans Love The Masters

The final round in 1996 where Nick Faldo toppled Greg Norman to win his third Green Jacket was one of the most dramatic days in Masters history (Getty Images)

They've forged spectacular moments and memories to last a lifetime, beating the Americans on their own turf.

We have, of course, also seen Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia slip into Green Jackets over the past few years.

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Special moments just seem to happen at Augusta don't they?

Sandy Lyle's 7-iron in 1988, Tiger Woods' chip-in in 2005, Louis Oosthuizen's albatross in 2011 were all jaw-dropping moments, and the fact that they were at Augusta, mixed with the roars and tradition, made them oh-so special.

Greatest Masters Shots

Tiger holes his chip in 2005 (Getty Images

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With the pleasing aesthetics, world class golf and primetime viewing, it is no wonder why The Masters is so special to all.

Here's to another great tournament in 2021.

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Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV