"What Got To Me Today" series, "Sports For Chicks" (not necessarily chicks who play sports!) and Essays and Excerpts
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Sports For Chicks: Hello Augusta...it's The Masters 2010
I love the Masters. I love the prestige, the gorgeous course, the hunky biceps and the green jackets. We get a real feel of southern Augusta, Georgia hospitality and an inside look into the Augusta National Golf Club.
I don't understand how some people think watching pro golf is a bore. Like any sport, once you are behind a player or two, it is impossible not to let the lust for great competition take over. Especially on Sunday, the fouth day of the tournament, when the sun is setting and your favorite player is at sudden death with the second place player. It is suspenseful, hold-your-breath-please-sink-it-in-the-hole-please-please-please competition that ranks with any other knock- down -drag -out action in the world of sports.
You might have heard of a little distraction this week. It appears Tiger Woods is back in play (Really? Hadn't heard...). As a matter of fact, tonight (Wednesday) he is being honored by the Golf Writers Association as the 2009 Male Player of the Year. Yep. He's being honored for playing golf, as he should be.
You heard me correctly, he should be. Tiger Woods, despite his off the course behavior which is none of our dang business, is the best, winning-ist golfer in the world. I for one am glad he is back. He is exciting to watch. He is fun to watch. He is SO good at playing golf! It appears other fans and players feel the same. And certainly, the PGA is thrilled to have him back because they finally will have their audience back and sponsors are lining up in droves. The Masters Tournament Management expressed their disappointment in him, well, someone had to, for the viewers who want Tiger Woods to pay in some way, professionally, for something he did personally.
Even if you don't want to watch Tiger Woods, there are so many delicious players to keep your eye on...any one of them could break forward and claim the green prize. Slocum, Kelly, Weir, Els, Kim, Cabrera, Cink, Harrington, Goosen, Furyk, Mickelson....and the list goes on.
I like Phil Mickelson too because he is so "pro-woman and their rights", he appreciates his wife, his mother, his daughters. Mickelson's wife and mother were both diagnosed with cancer in the last couple of years. This past weekend, for the first time ever, Mickelson let someone else sub-out his Caddie for the last few holes of the tournament. Who was the lucky fan? None other than his wife's cancer doctor. Pretty cool. Phil's a classy guy.
The only golfer I don't care for is Vijay Singh, because of some less than polite views he has toward women golfers. Just rubbed me the wrong way and I haven't liked him since.
Anyway...tomorrow is the big day. Day one of Masters 2010. Dig into the luscious greenery, the beautiful bridges and gardens, the hunky biceps and the cool plaid pants...it's the Masters baby. Hellooo Augusta.