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Golf Australia Express : Issue2
THE MASTERS (since 1934) GOLF’S NEWEST kid on the major’s block surely has the rest green with envy. In an industry that devotes the chain of command to the most aged, the Masters bucks that trend. Over the years it has established its own iconic list of endearing traditions. The green jacket, the honorary starters, the par 3 contest and the white jumpsuit caddie uniforms. Nah, let’s face it, we love it because the true tradition is come Sunday afternoon the tournament begins on the back nine. But will the Masters be the cream that rises to the top of your list? THE US OPEN (since 1895) BRUTAL, ferocious and at times seemingly plain unfair, the US Open is more than just great viewing. Come on, let’s be honest; there’s something sickly intriguing about watching the game’s best reduced to mere hackers. Forget the fact that ridiculously tight fairways, crazy long rough and billiard table greens are the reason. It simply makes us feel good about our games to see the world’s best take double bogeys and the odd dreaded ‘other’. The US Open must earn the title as golf’s great leveler. The question is, does it stand out enough? THE BRITISH OPEN (since 1860) WHO SAYS popularity is reserved for the young? Golf’s oldest major must be a serious contender for fav status. The Open evokes notions of romance in many of us. Its rugged links landscapes and historic and quaint surrounds will do that. Or maybe it’s late nights snuggled up in front of the TV with a hot beverage or stiff drink that’s more warming to our hearts. For many luckless competitors the challenges at the BO—the wild weather and links land—proves too much. But this event is far from being on the nose for Aussies hopefuls. We have nine claret jugs. Now that’s cause for celebration. PGA CHAMPIONSHIP (since 1916) THEYEAR’S final major, is a major disappointment. Perhaps that’s a little harsh—let’s try to be objective. Sure it doesn’t have the unique qualities of the Masters, the history or romance associated with The Open, or the distinction of being brutally set-up like the US Open. Maybe for some, that’s OK. After all if it was like one of the others, then they would lose their sense of individuality. What the PGA does have is an X-Factor. Positioned after the others, it provides the last bastion for golf’s best to achieve immortality. Now could that alone be worth waiting for? OTG BIG Q THE MAJOR CHOICES WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE? VOTE HERE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE MAJOR It’s a question often posed to the very people who compete for these elite titles. But what do you think? HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE STATE OF THE GAME...