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The Masters: AZ in Photos

The Masters, Augusta The opening wing of the golf season is the Masters of Augusta, Georgia, every April, although it is held in November 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It's a spring rite, steeped in tradition and layered in a rich sporting history and drama. It is an event that attracts even non-golfers because of the sublime beauty of the course. Click through the gallery for an A-Z of the masters.

The Masters: AZ in photos

A is for Augusta National The respected course has the opening of the hosted for years – and the only one of the four major events played on the same course every year – since 1934. One is also for the azaleas that traditionally bloom during Masters week and for Amen Corner the infamous stretch of hole with the 11th, the treacherously short 12th and the tee shot on the par-5 13th.

The Masters: AZ in photos

B is for beauty The Georgian greensward is a oasis between the cities landscape of Augusta, Georgia's second city on the banks of the Savannah River. The bars, burger joints and malls of neighboring Washington Road are in stark contrast to the undulating dream landscape over the fence. B is also for Seve Ballesteros, the Spaniard who opened the European locks with victories in 1980 and 1983.

The Masters: AZ in photos

C is for Caddies Augusta & # 39; s caddies are instantly recognizable by their white jump suits. Before 1983, players had to use a club caddy, all of them local black men. Since then, players have used their usual tour caddy & # 39; s, but they still need to put on the white suit and green cap.

The Masters: AZ in Photos

D is for Dos and Don & # 39; ts The sacred property is governed by its own strict rules such as no running or cell phones, but on the other hand there are traditions such as the custom of placing your green Masters chair in your favorite spot and hours later to your empty seat back.

The Masters: AZ in Photos

E is for Eisenhower Former US President Dwight D Eisenhower was a member of Augusta National and several monuments of his era remain, including Ike & # 39; s Pond, the fishing lake he defended and which is the centerpiece of the Par-3 contest. Eisenhower's white cabin is also located near the clubhouse.

The Masters: AZ in photos

F is for fans (make that Patrons) Visitors to Augusta National are known as patrons – not fans or spectators or the crowd. Tickets are like gold dust, but a limited number of practice round tickets and tournament days are available through an annual vote. The waiting list for weekly tournament badges closed years ago.

The Masters: AZ in Photos

G is for Grand Slam Rory McIlroy only has the Masters need to complete the Grand Slam of all four of the golf's major titles. The Northern Irishman blew a four-shot lead over Augusta in 2011, but after winning four majors in the meantime, he returns for his fifth shot at the Grand Slam this week. Only five others have achieved the feat: Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. G is also for greens – the smooth, sloping pit surfaces are notorious.

The Masters: AZ in photos

H is for history Augusta National was created by Scottish golf course architect Dr. Alister Mackenzie and co-founder Bobby Jones and opened in 1933 on the land that was once the location of Fruitlands Nursery. During World War II, the land was briefly given to turkey and cattle breeding.

The Masters: AZ in Photos

I'm for Internationals South African Gary Player – pictured here in 2014 with Jack Nicklaus (left) and the late Arnold Palmer – was the first international champion in 1961. Since then, the Masters has been won 21 times by foreign players. The US counts for 60 wins from 37 different players.

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J is for jacket, as in green The tropical weight emerald blazer is worn only by members of Augusta National and Masters champions. It was first introduced to members in 1937 and ordered from Brooks Uniform Company in New York. Sam Snead was the first winner to receive a jacket and honorary membership in 1949. The reigning Masters champion may take it home for a year, after which it must be kept at the club.

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K is for keyholes The saying goes: the masters don't start until nine on Sunday. It starts with one of the hardest holes on the course in the 10th and then enters Amen Corner with the equally tough 11th and then the booby kick of the short 12th. But the long 15th (photo) is key – big moves can be made here with eagles. Anything less than a birdie and you will likely regress.

The Masters: AZ in Photos

L is for Lane, as in Magnolia Lane The exclusive driveway to Augusta & # 39; s historic clubhouse is framed by dozens of magnolia trees. Only members and Masters attendees have access to this respected entrance that opens to the Founder & # 39; s Circle and then the whitewashed concrete clubhouse built in 1854.

The Masters: AZ in Photos

M is for Mickelson Popular left-handed Phil Mickelson is one of 17 players to have won multiple Masters titles. The three-time champion won the first of his five major titles at Augusta in 2004 after three consecutive third places. Even at the age of 50, Mickelson remains a Masters threat.

The Masters: AZ in Photos

N is for Nicklaus, as in Jack The most successful player at the Masters is Jack Nicklaus, whose six Green Jackets remains the record. The 80-year-old is now an honorary starter along with Gary Player, following the death of four-time champion Arnold Palmer in 2016.

The Masters: AZ in photos

O is for Oak The famous old oak on the lane side of the clubhouse is an iconic landmark and the traditional hangout for the movers and shakers and media types of the game with the correct reference. A well-known refrain from the Mastersweek is: "Meet you under the tree."

The Masters: AZ in photos

P is for Par 3s, specifically the 12th Perhaps the most famous short hole in golf, the par 3 12th is located in the heart of Amen Corner. Like a wolf in sheep's clothing, he is only 155 meters long, but Rae's Creek looms up front and a devilish wind that always swirls around the trees makes club selection difficult.

The Masters: AZ in photos

Q is for Quonset Hut Modern media is housed in a recently built state-of-the-art facility on the other side of the practice course, but earlier Augusta's stories were made in a corrugated iron Quonset Hut.

The Masters: AZ in photos

R is for Roars When the excitement rises on a Sunday afternoon and the Clients reach a fever, the roar reverberating around the towering pines that act like a giant organ, reflecting the sound all over the course. A roar from Phil Mickelson stands out, but a roar for Tiger Woods is like no other.

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S is for Spieth Jordan Spieth was on his way to be crowned the new king of Augusta after his wire-to-wire win in 2015 and dominance for three rounds in 2016. He was still flawless with nine holes to play before famously destroying himself with two balls in 12 the water. The American has been struggling lately and is ranked 33rd in the world, but in five Masters appearances he has won, finishing second twice, finishing third and 11th.

The Masters: AZ in photos

T is for Tradition The Masters is forward-looking but rooted in tradition, like the pre-tournament Par-3 Match, in which friends and family members create caddies for the players and occasionally hit a shot. Jack Nicklaus's grandson, Gary, made a hole in one last year. Other traditions include the Champions Dinner, where the proprietor chooses the menu and hosts the evening on the Tuesday of Masters Week

The Masters: AZ in Photos

U is for below par When Jordan Spieth won in 2015, he equaled Tiger Woods' record in 1997 for lowest winning score at 18 under par.

The Masters: AZ in photos

V is for Views Augusta & # 39; s vistas are consistently enchanting with the pines that frame the holes and the lush grass, icy white of the bunkers and explosions of color from the flowers and patterns that enhance the allure.

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W is for Woods Who else? Tiger Woods switched golfs when he won his first major with a record 12 shots in 1997. He won three other Green Jackets, the last of which came in 2005 after a famous chip-in on the 16th. The 43-year-old is fit again after several back operations and is one of the frequently tipped contenders.

The Masters: AZ in photos

X is for X factor To win the Masters is a game requires new condition and a little something special. Think Tiger Woods' chip-in on the 16th in 2005, or Phil Mickelson's shot that got strung through trees on the 13th in 2010. Or how about Bubba Watson's banana ball from the woods on the 10th to make a Play-off in 2012 (photo)?

The Masters: AZ in photos

Y is for the youngest winner Tiger Woods & # 39; victory in 1997 for the first of 14 majors to date made him the youngest Masters champion at age 21.

The Masters: AZ in Photos

Z is for Zenith For many players, winning the Masters represents the peak of their career. Phil Mickelson's leap for joy in 2004 at his 11th stage began an era that saw further victories in 2006 and 2010.

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