Masters should ignite golfing season Masters should ignite golfing season With the European Tour in a semi retired state at present it's time for this year's golfing season to finally get the kick start it badly needs.

So far this year many of the world's leading lights have failed to live up their bill and this week presents a great opportunity to finally launch their season.

This great tournament. the first golfing major of the year, really has the wow factor and many contributing factors all blend together, attracting our undivided attention over the next four days.

From memorable chip-ins and must make putts to iconic celebrations and miracle shots, Augusta National has just about seen it all.

Reasons to love the Masters: The iconic Green Jacket Yes, it's a bit naff and old-school golf but because it's not a trophy, the Green Jacket has become iconic. Augusta members first wore them in 1937 so that spectators could spot an expert if they had any queries.

Sam Snead was the first champion to be awarded a Green Jacket in 1949. Hard to believe the cloth for the jackets is cut and dyed in Yorkshire and made in London's Savile Row.

The Course A lot of American parkland courses all look the same. Raised tees, multi-tiered greens, pretty ponds, pristine fairways and flora and fauna. Except Augusta National looks like no other. They have created a unique appearance. It is unmistakably Augusta National and it is never out of the top three in world rankings. Those lucky enough to play it marvel at its beauty and devilish character.

Amen Corner To be precise, it's the approach to the 11th green, the whole of the par-three 12th over Rae's Creek and the drive off the 13th tee around the dogleg of the par five. It was Christened by American golf reporter Herbert Warren Wind in 1958 when Arnold Palmer won his first major after disagreeing with an official at the 12th and playing a second ball and then being proved correct, signing for a three instead of a five.

His prayers came true and it effectively won him the Masters. Amen to all that.

No Sponsors It's not that they don't love money at Augusta or need it; it's just that they view it as vulgar to flaunt it. Hence you will not see flashing neon signs of sponsors'logos here that we have been accustomed to at every other sporting event.

The only logo on view at Augusta is that iconic yellow one. And it's an old-school refreshing change.

Caddies-white suits Those white boiler suits are synonymous with Augusta National and the Masters. The earliest caddies there were mostly poor local coloured men; the club gave them this uniform to make them look smarter. It was these caddies who were employed by the pros right through the 1970s, as private caddies were not allowed. It was only in 1983 that players could start bringing their own bagmen.

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