Mitchell & Ness started back in 1904 as a sporting goods store specializing in handmade golf clubs, so its only fitting that we talk a little bit about one of golf’s most popular events, the Masters Tournament. One of the PGA’s 4 Majors, the Masters is held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
The Masters is famous for its rich history and tradition. For example, the other three major championships in golf (the British Open, the U.S. Open and the Open Championship) all rotate where the event is played on a yearly basis. The Masters never changes its venue.
Starting in 1960, the Wednesday before every Masters there is a Par 3 competition held at Augusta’s 9 hole par 3 course. To go along with that Masters tradition, there is also a curse. In the 50 years of its existence, no golfer has won the Masters par 3 competition and the Masters Tournament in the same year. Good luck Luke Donald, you’re gonna need it!
Since 1963, on the opening day of the Masters Tournament, legendary winners from past Masters Tournaments hit a ceremonial tee shot. In the past, legendary golfers such as Sam Snead and Byron Nelson have had this honor. Yesterday’s ceremonial first tee shots were from Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, who together have won 10 Masters Tournaments.
Another one of the long standing traditions of the Masters is the covenanted green jacket. In addition to a healthy sized check (Phil Mickelson won $1,350,000 last year for his win at Augusta), each year’s Masters winner receives a tailored green blazer. In the presentation ceremony, the previous year’s winner puts the jacket on the new champion as a way of bridging the gap between the old and the new.
What are some of your favorite sports traditions?