SB Nation’s 2016 Masters Preview
The Masters has become the most popular major championship in golf largely because it’s the only one that does not rotate and the audience has become so familiar with the course. But what would you, the amateur hack at home, need in your game to get ahead at Augusta? Here are some shot types and examples of the creativity needed for success, for both the pros and your hopelessly shoddy game.
Unlike most years at the Masters, every top player in the world rankings has had success and played well in the first quarter of 2016. There’s the "Big Three" but there’s no overwhelming favorite and picking a winner seems as difficult as ever. But we marched on batting around picks and predictions for your 2016 champion, low amateur, top rookies, superstar flameouts, and other big stories to expect at the 80th edition of the Masters.
No sporting event is beholden to more traditions than the Masters. There are so many that you’ve probably never considered or heard about a lot of the odd, often antiquated, procedures and terms used every year at Augusta. We’ve put together a glossary of some of these terms and traditions and tasked an extremely uninformed golf and Masters authority with trying to figure it all out. The green jacketed membership probably did not consider this definition of "Flowering Crab Apple."
With almost 90 players, a long list of traditions and a course with deep history, understanding what to watch for and root for at the Masters can get confusing. Our rooting guide covers the "John Daly of Asia," the next great rivalry, and the kind of conservative play that should make you throws things at your TV in disgust. We're here to help with what you should look for and want at the 2016 Masters, and maybe a few you shouldn't be thrilled about this year.
It was just a year ago that Rory McIlroy was the unquestioned holder of the "Next Tiger" title. In the intervening year, Rory ripped up his ankle, lost his world No. 1 ranking, and watched as Jordan Spieth and Jason Day joined the battle for that "Next Tiger" status. He’s still got a deeper resume than those two contemporaries and he’s back at Augusta trying to remind you of that by becoming the fifth golfer ever to win the career slam.