Every year, the major golf tournament known as the Masters begins in April. However, Covid-19 affected the 2020 Masters, so they rescheduled it to November of 2020. The winner of the 2020 Masters was American Dustin Johnson. This year, the Masters was scheduled for Apr. 5 through Apr. 11 and has followed according to plan so far.
“We hoped it would be possible to welcome back all of our patrons in 2021,” Chairman of the Masters Fred Ridley said. “Based on current conditions, however, we concluded the right course of action was to limit patrons this week.”
This year, masks are required to attend the Masters, but when socially distanced and outside, people were permitted to take off their mask. Patrons had to enter from the North Gate, while people with a Berckmans pass entered from the South Gate. In order to have access to Berckmans Place this year, everyone must have a ticket, a PCR test within 72 hours and a rapid test within 24 hours. Both of the test results must be negative. Berckmans Place offers a shop with exclusive items that patrons would not be able to otherwise buy, as well as a putting range. When you are done putting, you can enjoy a variety of different types of food. The food is free of charge, and there are no limitations on what someone can order. Entering as a Patron, you do not need any Covid tests, and after entering, you end up at the Practice Range instead of the typical Berckmans Place like previous years. Normally, Magnolia Lane is open to everyone, but this year it was closed. There is also no Par 3 Contest.
“The Masters has a rich history that is created by the many legends that have played and won in the tournament,” sophomore Wyatt Frazee said. “In pristine condition, the course truly decides who is the greatest golfer at the time, forever cementing that player into golf history. Many traditions have been made and respected due to the honor it is to compete in the annual Masters tournament.”
The practice rounds started on Monday, Apr. 5 and ended on Wednesday, Apr. 7. On the first day of practice rounds, you could see a variety of golfers going through the course. A few competitors out and about on Monday were 1978 Masters champion Lary Mize, 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples and Bryson DeChambeau. On Thursday, Apr. 8, the first day of the competition started. English golfer Justin Rose won the first round and was 4 strokes ahead of his nearest competitor.
“The Masters is the MECCA of golf,” varsity girls golf coach Cynthia Stockstill said. “Perfection. I think the main reason is the beauty of the course. The rich history. The legacies that have been made. The traditions that carry on. The egg salad and pimento cheese sandwiches on white bread.”
In the second round, Rose was still in the lead, but 24-year-old amateur Will Zalatoris followed behind him in second place. During the third round, Hideki Matsuyama of Japan took the lead being 11 under par, with the closest competitors being seven below par. In the fourth and final round, Matsuyama maintained his lead and became the first Japanese golfer to ever win a major golf tournament in history. Matsuyama finished ten under par with the amateur Zalatoris right behind him at nine under par.