One of the things that many of us love about the Masters is how steeped in tradition the tournament is. From the Hogan Bridge to the green jacket, the event oozes history.
But within that tradition is a willingness to embrace the technology that continues to evolve and impact the way we all view the world.
Some of the technology employed here at Augusta National isn’t visible to the naked eye.
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With Augusta National founder Bobby Jones being one of the great amateur players in golf history, the Masters has always done what it could to promote amateur golf around the world.
One of the coolest things the Masters tournament does for amateur players is to offer winners of the top amateur events a spot in the following year’s Masters.
Peter Uihlein, who won the 2010 U.S. Amateur title, got to Augusta National on Friday night just so he could have an extra few days to soak in all the sights, sounds and excitement that goes along with playing in his first Masters.
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From Parade Magazine
It was Phil Mickelson’s first PGA tournament of 2011, and after battling it out for four rounds and closing the tournament with four birdies on the back nine, he was outgunned by a single shot. On the last hole. By a skinny guy named Bubba. Yet throughout the entire nail-biting day at the Farmers Insurance Open, Mickelson flashed that sweet smile and did the kinds of things he always does: handed a golf ball to a little girl who was missing two front teeth, wrote the word “sorry”—a frown inside the “o”—on one of his golf gloves for a spectator he’d hit in the back with an errant drive, and signed a sea of autographs. Second is not where he wanted to finish, but no matter. Life is sweet, even on a not-so-sweet day at the office.
Mickelson will be reminded of that next month, when he pulls into Magnolia Lane for the 2011 Masters. Because it was there, at Georgia’s Augusta National last April 11, that he won his third Masters, a victory he and his wife, Amy, celebrated with one of the longest hugs in PGA history: an in-it-for-life embrace that was more about two people loving each other than about winning.
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