Oliver Gallop, graphics editor
Some call The Masters the “Super Bowl of golf” like it is the only championship of the year. Millions of men and women across the world turned on their TVs to watch Sunday’s round at Augusta National Golf Course, and it usually excites. On Sunday, Adam Scott’s playoff win over previous Masters winner Angel Cabrera did not disappoint. The final day had it all: clutch putts, a 14-year-old Chinese boy who played better than some seasoned professionals, and most importantly, one happy Aussie. The Masters has prestige that no other tournament has. It has a fancy green jacket that winners can wear to their new mansion-warming parties, a landscape and layout that would rival the Garden of Eden, and sandwiches for under two dollars. All of this comes standard with four great rounds of golf year after year.
The thing is, however, good golf does not only come during the Masters. Believe it or not, there are three other Major Championships to come. So, the Masters is not the Super Bowl of golf, it is more like the first quarter of the Super Bowl, but with more excitement. Sure, The Masters is the only Major played in the same location every year, but besides this fact, the four are very similar. People flock to watch golf on Masters Sunday in the same way that some Christians go to church only on Christmas and Easter. These individuals like to feel like they are a part of something big, so they only get involved on the few days that matter to most people. And just like it is better to celebrate religion more than once or twice a year, it is better to follow golf in a more extensive way.
Rather than only watch the Masters, watch the other three majors as well, which all provide equal excitement with the same fields of players. The next major is the U.S. Open, which takes place from June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania. Following the U.S. Open is the Open Championship, which will occur from July 18-21 at Muirfield Golf Links in Scotland. Finally, the last major of the year, the PGA Championship, will take place from Aug. 5-11 at Oak Hill Country Club in New York. The stakes are high in every championship, with winners receiving over one million dollars in each.
Also, watch other PGA tournaments leading up to the Masters to see who is playing well and know more about each of the contenders. Golf is more exciting than most build it up to be. In the modern era, there are fewer old men slowly swinging clubs and more younger, hipper men running the show. And if anything, the final few holes on the Sunday of a Major Championship can easily contend with the last quarter of a Super Bowl, the last inning of the World Series or the final minutes of the World Cup Final.