You would think I must be crazy not to write even a word about the Masters 2013, this first golf major of any one year. And the most glamorous. The sexiest. So I will write a few words on it.
The 77th Masters will start from April 11th (early morning April 12th Malaysian time), growing in excitement day by day until the finale, on Sunday April 14th (Malaysian time: early morning Monday April 15th. We can start watching the final pairings or groups around 2.00 a.m., and will finish probably around 7.00 a.m.)
Talking about hot form, Tiger Woods is in hot form. He arrives here fresh from three PGA Tour titles, ready to assault Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors. At least, that’s what everybody – almost everybody – wishes him to do. Including Nicklaus himself.
By the way, Tiger has won four Masters so far, although the last Green Jacket he took home was way back in 2005. And he had not won any major since the last one, the US Open, in 2008.
And Rory McIlroy. He arrives here fresh from a strong showing with a second place at the Texas Open. Perhaps peaking at the right time? Can he win his first Masters?
Something to share with you:
- The youngest player? Tianlang Guan, from China, 14 years old. He comes here as the Asian Amateur Champion. And, he is the youngest ever player to compete in the Masters. Honestly, you can’t expect him to be around in the final two days.
- The oldest? He is Tom Watson. He is 63 years old. Plus another 219 days, to be exact. Honestly, you want to but you really have the feeling he won’t make it past the second day.
- There will be 93 players in the field for the first two days of competition.
- There will be a total of 19 past Masters champions. You know, players like Bubba, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods…
- Those 93 players come from 21 different countries.
- Country with the most number of players: USA (44). Next is South Africa (8).
- Number of players in this Masters 2013 from Malaysia: None.
- Thai golfer Thaworn Wiratchant will be playing. He doesn’t qualify as per normal selection channel but the Masters Committee has the discretion to invite international players, and Thaworn-khun has been so invited. As is the Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa.
Oopppsss…said too much already!
Happy watching the Masters, guys!!!