The only big from the world of Golf that is played every year in the same field is the Augusta Masters. It is also the first on the calendar, always at the beginning of April. Although it is not as old as the British Open, their traditions are already legendary. For all this, it is the favorite tournament of many fans. There are many concepts that define the Masters and it is worth reviewing the most important within a few hours of the start of the tournament.
AMEN CORNER. Surely the most famous expression of the Masters. The Amen Corner is a piece of the route famous for its difficulty. Although the public traditionally includes whole holes 11, 12 and 13 within the concept of Amen Corner, this name really refers to the shot to green of 11, the 12th hole and the exit of the 13th hole. It is a corner of the enclosure that It has a special magic, where moments have been lived for history. Since the blocking of Jordan Spieth in 2016 sending two balls to the water in the 12th and signing a quadruple lethal bogey, to the magical chip of Larry Mize in 1987 in the hole 11 that earned him a green jacket.
AZALEA. The flower par excellence of the Augusta National, which lives its maximum splendor between the end of March and the beginning of April, always in time to look at the Masters. You can find up to 30 different varieties throughout the tour. The hole 13, par 5, also receives the name of Azalea since from the tee to the green, on the left side, there are up to 1,600 of these flowers. Sergio García put Azalea to his daughter in memory of his triumph in 2017.
BOBBY JONES. The culprit of everything ... in a good way. Nothing would have been possible without his desire to design a field in the United States inspired by the Old Course of Saint Andrews as it ended up being the Augusta National, for which he required the help of Alister MacKenzie. Soon after, he founded the Masters with Clifford Roberts. Jones, the best amateur of
all times, he never played as a professional because he understood golf as fun, but he is one of the most influential characters in this sport of all history, if not the most.
CHAMPIONS DINNER. One of the most emblematic traditions of the Masters of Augusta. He was born in 1952, when Ben Hogan wrote a letter to the then rector of the Augusta National, Clifford Roberts, to invite him to dinner commemorating his triumph a year earlier. Thus, it was established that on the Tuesday before the start of the tournament a dinner would be held at the club's facilities, to which only the champions could go. The last champion would choose the menu. This year, Patrick Reed has chosen American veal steak and various accompaniments: from a crème brulée to some mac and cheese that only lacked the stars and stripes.
CROW'S NEST. One of those places that make the Masters a tournament without equal. On the upper floor of the Augusta National club house, several rooms were set up so that the amateurs who played the tournament could stay and sleep and live a unique experience. An idea of Bobby Jones that is still maintained. Amateur champions from all five continents have a guaranteed invitation to the Masters and are the only ones with the option to stay in the Crow's Nest. There they have slept from Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods, through Ben Crenshaw or Phil Mickelson.
GREEN JACKET. The best known tradition of the Masters. The tournament champion is honored by wearing a green jacket that also accredits as an honorary member of Augusta National. It is common in private American clubs, where partners identify with a jacket. In Augusta, in addition, it is tradition that the champion of the last edition puts the jacket to his successor as soon as the tournament ends.
JACK NICKLAUS. The Golden Bear has dominated the Masters like no other golfer in tournament history. He has six green jackets in his closet, two more than his immediate pursuers: Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. Nicklaus, in addition, is the oldest player to win a Masters. His unforgettable triumph of 1986 came when he had already blown the 46 candles. All a milestone.
PEPPER CHEESE. When one becomes one of the few lucky ones able to cross the barrier of the door of entrance to the Augusta National one is surprised by many things. One of the most striking has nothing to do with golf. When it's time to regain strength, every first-time amateur is surprised by the low prices of snacks and drinks. The most expensive menu is an import beer that this year is worth $ 5. Something that contrasts with the big sporting events, where buying a simple sandwich requires going to the bank to ask for a loan. In Augusta there is a dish that stands out among all: the sandwich of pimento cheese, a typical cheese of southern food. It is worth 1.5 dollars and thousands are sold every day.