Masters-2020: age-old traditions and forced innovations

History, traditions, greatness. It’s all about the Masters. Formally, all competitions of the Major series are equal, but unofficially, it is the Masters that is considered the most prestigious and main tournament in world golf. A similar picture is with tennis Wimbledon: in terms of points, it is in no way inferior to the other three “Helmets”, but most of the players, of course, want to win on the courts of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. So in golf, there is hardly anything that can compare with the title of Champion “Masters” and the famous Green Jacket, which every participant dreams of wearing on Sunday night.

By the way, this year, in fact, as well as last, we should not find out the name of the champion in the evening. In 2019, the organizers postponed the final round until early morning due to the threat of bad weather in the afternoon. This time it is known in advance that the fourth round will begin at 10 am. Firstly, this is due to the transfer of the tournament from April to November and the reduction in daylight hours. Second, the early start was driven by the wishes of CBS, the Masters’ main television partner since 1956. The fact is that the NFL match is broadcast on the channel on Sunday afternoon, so the champion should be known unusually early – around 14:30 local time. By the way, another television tradition will be broken: for the first time since 1963, the Masters will not be shown on free channels in the UK; the tournament will be streamed by the paid Sky Sports. In Russia, you can follow the events in Augusta on Eurosport and GOLFTV.
Perhaps the main tradition is the presentation of the Green Jacket. Since 1949, each champion can wear this jacket for a year, but on the eve of the next draw must return it to the organizers, who will hang it in a special room along with other jackets. Since the trophy is loaned out, almost all winners try to make the most of this time and regularly wear a jacket for all TV shows and other public events.

A little later, in 52, another tradition appeared: the champion dinner. Ben Hogan was the first to invite former winners and members of the Augusta National Golf Club to lunch a few days before the start of the new draw. Now every champion on Tuesday of Masters week becomes the organizer of the gala evening and chooses the menu himself. For example, in 1998, Tiger Woods, who became the youngest champion of the Masters in 1997, offered the world’s most respected golfers a youth menu: cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, fries and milkshakes. “I was told that I can choose anything. Yes, I’m a young man, and that’s what I eat, ”- said Woods. As a reminder, Tiger is the reigning champion of the tournament, and at the moment the traditional Tuesday lunch is still on the schedule.