War Eagle golfers (non golfers too). This week marks the official start to Spring. Forget that March 21st thing. That means nothing. The true official start of Spring is Masters week at Augusta National Golf Club.
After that week pro shops everywhere will see increased traffic and sales. Every golfers blood pressure goes up several points and the latest and greatest golf gear becomes a must have.
If you don’t think that the Masters means a lot to a golfer. Try this tidbit on for size, a ticket to the Masters this year will cost you more than the Super Bowl, BCS Championship game and 5 times more than a ticket to the Final Four. If you have deep pockets be prepared to shell out over $1700 to attend. There are 4 one day tickets for sale on Ebay right now for the paltry sum of $13,802.
Why is Augusta National so special? Here are some interesting facts about the place.
Fans are not fans, they are called Patrons
Tickets are not called Tickets, they are called Badges.
You can get the awesome Fried Chicken sandwich and a beer for $5.50.
The greens staff puts growth inhibitor or enhancer on the flora to make sure they are in peak blossom just for the telecast.
There is actually a waiting list to volunteer to work for free at the tournament.
If it rains too much, they turn on giant vacuum cleaners under the greens to suck out excess moisture.
You get the picture. It is a special place to golfers. I have been there (never played it) and it is awesome. Not a blade of grass out of place.
Now on to the Auburn stuff. Our own Jason Dufner is in the field and has been mentioned by more than one prognosticator as being one of the favorites. He has just the type of game to contend. No one on Tour out thinks him and if he can handle the super fast greens he will be in the hunt on Sunday afternoon. He was in the hunt last year until Bubba Watson went on a birdie binge.
Coming into Masters week Jason has been a media sensation. Not because of his play, because of a picture of him zoning out at an elementary school on a visit. Someone caught him sitting on the floor, hands stiff at his sides and a far away look on his face. Other Tour Pros saw the picture and started a Twitter landslide. Move over Tebow fans, Jason has coined a brand new catch phrase, Dufnering. Actually, the pose fits his personality especially on the course. Watching him play golf you would swear that he has no heartbeat. Nothing seems to phase him. I bet if he made a hole in one his expression would never change.
He took the attention and kidding in typical Jason fashion. Uh, no big deal.
I will post some sidebar stuff during the tourney to let you guys know if you will be hearing War Eagle at the Green Jacket ceremony. By the way, a green jacket is the symbol of being the Masters winner.
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