The Masters is a tradition in golf. There’s a talent in holding your own in the conversation with a golfer about The Masters. That’s what we’re here for. Who says all business deals happen on the golf course?
Slow golf clap,
The Last Night’s Game Team
Five things to know about The Masters
- Over 94 golfers from 22 different countries will compete in this year’s Masters (Thursday – Sunday). This is the first of the four “major” golf tournaments during the PGA (Professional Golfers' Association) season.
- The winner receives the iconic green jacket that is only worn by members of Augusta National, the home of The Masters. The winner is allowed to have the jacket for a calendar year. After that year, they’re only permitted to wear the jacket on the grounds of Augusta.
- Longtime broadcast partner of the tournament, CBS, admits they edit in melodic bird sounds during the telecast to enhance the programming to feel like a “natural paradise.” Although there's no actual tweeting at The Masters because there's a very strict no cell phone policy at the course.
- Besides the sweet jacket, another perk of winning is picking the menu of the champions dinner the following year during Masters’ week. This year’s meal, chosen by last year’s winner Englishman Danny Willett, featured dishes from a traditional Sunday roast including cottage pie, English cheese and biscuits.
- For a tournament where the ticket prices can be through the roof, the concession prices are unusually low with drinks and sandwiches under $3 (including their famous pimento cheese sandwich). A beer will run you between $4 - $5, although it’s not available after 4 pm. What like they’re hooligans?
- Monday Night featured the culmination of March Madness in Phoenix as North Carolina (#1) and Gonzaga (#1) battled it out for the national championship. North Carolina prevailed in a game plagued by a surplus of fouls and bad shooting by both teams. Shout out to our bracket challenge winner, Clueless Newbie, who has never filled out a March Madness bracket before.
- Membership at Augusta National is strictly by invite only and the winner of the tournament automatically becomes a member. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore became the first women members in 2012, 80 years after the course opened.
- In an unpopular decision with the players, the NHL (National Hockey League) announced it will not take a break in its season to allow its players to participate in next year’s Winter Olympics. NHL players have played in the previous five Winter Olympics.