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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.

The long awaited Green blazer. Dustin Johnson conquered the Masters!

The November Masters, despite various fears, turned out well. Yes, without spectators, yes, without a riot of colors and blooming magnolias and azaleas, yes, in a shortened format due to television and early sunset, but the main thing remained unchanged: the best golfers in the world and an uncompromising struggle for the main trophy in world golf. Meteorologists predicted rains throughout the week, but in reality there was one big downpour: on Thursday morning. True, the organizers already calculated everything with an accuracy of almost a minute, so the delay of 2 hours and 47 minutes was extremely unpleasant. The second round was finished only on Friday morning, the third – on Saturday morning, and only by the final day the tournament returned to its usual course. The rain on Thursday made the pitch very soft and the greens slow, so we saw a whole lot of great results and individual shots.

Yes, John Ram did a hole-in-one in training, but we couldn’t help but notice the Spaniard’s amazing kick. A few years ago, the Masters had a tradition of making “pancakes” on the 16th hole: golfers deliberately hit parallel to the water with the goal that the ball, jumping over the water surface, eventually rolled out onto the green. The shot itself is not easy, so any hit on the green is an achievement. However, Ram succeeded in real beauty: the ball hit right in the hole, and this hit bypassed all the world’s TV channels, websites and agencies, and not only sports. The fantastic hole-in-one Rama was the highlight of the last tournament.

Bryson Deschambeau was considered the main contender for the victory before the start of the Masters. The American prepared for it according to an individual program and deliberately missed two major competitions on the West Coast of the United States in order to bring himself in perfect shape to the “major” in Augusta. Unfortunately, we could not understand whether this was successful or not. Bryson had health problems all week: dizziness, lethargy, numbness, abdominal pain. Deschambeau even took a coronavirus test, which tested negative. The American did not act in films and tried to find his own game, but, of course, his well-being was reflected in his result. Bryson barely passed the cut and ended up tied for 31st place only.

Bernard Langer played in one fly on Sunday with Deschambeau, becoming the oldest golfer to complete a cut: 63 years and 78 days. If Bryson hit the farthest on average than all other golfers, then Langer, on the contrary, sent the ball to the shortest distances. So, Rory McIlroy, who played with Langer on Saturday, honestly admitted that he had no idea what result he would have shown if he had left the tee so short. Nevertheless, this did not prevent the famous German from getting ahead of Deschambeau in the standings and taking 29th place. By the way, during the third round, Bernard made an amazing putt of 63 feet.

It is unlikely that this episode cost Bryson a title or even a top 10, but in any case it affected the further course of his tournament. On Friday, the golfer took a mighty drive on the third par-4 hole. The ball flew slightly to the left and sank in the second cut of the raff. He did not get into any bushes or thickets as high as a knee, but it was not possible to find him in three minutes. As a result, Deschambeau had to return to tee and write down the triple gods on the card. The ball was eventually found, but after the time allotted for the search was over. How and why this could not be done in not the tallest grass remained a mystery.

Coronavirus and golf: fans, tournaments and prospects

Be friendly or discreet?

What could be nicer than moving from one hole to the next, spreading your arms out to the sides and greeting the fans on the left and right? Not during the outbreak of the coronavirus, which is spreading all over the world, but miraculously bypasses Russia.

Rickie Fowler, one of the most popular golfers among the fans, used to have regular contact with golfers, but over the years he has done so less and less.

“From time to time I began to get sick. I don’t want to say that this is directly related to manual contact with other people, but now I very rarely shake hands with someone. Sometimes I can greet someone with a fist. When you regularly hold out your hand to someone, you increase the risk of catching something. At some point I realized this, and now I understand it even better, ”Fowler said.

Billy Horschel takes the opposite point of view. He believes that contact with the fans is an integral part of golf.

“This is no longer golf, this is no longer the sport we are used to. I just hope that those people whom I shake hands with know their condition, and if they are sick, they simply will not come to the field, ”said Horshel.

In the English Premier League, handshaking before the start of matches was previously canceled, and in the NBA, players are asked not to pick up objects from fans that can be signed.

PGA Championship is due to take place in San Francisco as planned

What about the upcoming golf tournaments?

In the European Tour, some of the events have already been canceled, but in the PGA, so far, everything is on schedule. True, there is a possibility that some tournaments may pass without spectators.

“Now there are rumors that spectators may not be allowed on the Masters. Players have been talking about this for a couple of days now. It is simply impossible to imagine the Masters without golf enthusiasts, ”added Horshel.

It was also rumored that the PGA Championship, which was to take place in San Francisco at TPC Harding Park, would be moved to another city. PGA tour commissioner Jay Monahan has denied the rumors.

“PGA of America executives are planning to host the PGA Championship in San Francisco at TPC Harding Park. As for the stage of the WGC in Austin, which is to take place in two weeks, we expect the tournament to take place. Another thing is that the situation is changing so quickly that sometimes new information appears every day or every hour. But at the moment we have plans to host the tournament in Austin, ”said Monahan.

Multisportsmen. How Nadal, Bale and Curry became golfers

Rafael Nadal, Gareth Bale, Stephen Curry. Aside from being legends in their respective sports, what do these celebrated athletes have in common? Love for golf. For them, golf is even more than a hobby and a pleasant pastime. For example, 13-time Roland Garros champion Nadal has taken part in the professional Euro Tour Balearic Golf Championship not for the first time. 60 golfers took part in the competition: 23 professionals and 37 amateurs.

Nadal, whose handicap according to various sources is either 0.3 or 1.5, showed remarkable play over 54 holes and finished sixth. In the first and second rounds, Rafael hit 74 each, and in the third – 77. He lagged behind champion Sebastian Garcia by 10 hits, which is a great result for someone who usually holds a racket in his hands, not a club. The tournament was held in Nadal’s homeland in Mallorca, and he tries not to miss competitions on this island, unless, of course, he is busy at tennis starts.

So, in 2019, Rafael took second place at one of the tournaments in the Balearic Islands; however, the championship itself was not that big. Nadal not only plays, but also organizes tournaments: two years ago, the first Rafa Nadal Golf Challenge took place. And three years ago, Nadal attended the major exhibition tournament Hero World Challenge, which is hosted by Tiger Woods. By the way, the Spaniard has a long-term friendly relationship with Tiger. Woods came to the tennis US Open and rooted for Nadal, and Rafael responded by saying that playing in front of the great champion is a great honor: “Tiger has always been a source of inspiration for me. He is one of the greatest athletes in history, ”says Rafael. Nadal is not the only tennis player to play golf successfully. So, the Americans Pete Sampras (0.5) and Andy Roddick (1.5) have excellent handicaps. The famous masters of the past Ivan Lendl and Boris Becker also distinguish birdies from albatross, although they do not go out on the field so often.

Gareth Bale is the top golfer among footballers. For some reason, his hobby is very often criticized by the football fans of the team for which he stands: earlier this hobby of the Welshman was unhappy with fans of Real Madrid, now fans of Tottenham, who believe that Bale aggravates his injuries on the golf courses. “For some reason people think that I shouldn’t play golf because it can hurt me. I spoke with the doctors, and they have nothing against it. But the fans don’t understand my love for golf. If Stephen Curry plays the morning before his basketball game, then it’s okay. If I play two days before my football meeting, then immediately there are dissatisfied: “But what is he doing?” Football is my No. 1 sport, I get paid for it, I always give my best. Golf is a hobby because everyone has a hobby, ”explains Bale.

Phil Mickelson can laugh at his failures

The other day, the network reported that in one of the bookmakers a very gambling player made a large bet on the victory of Phil Mickelson (Phil Mickelson) in the Winged Foot Golf club this week. If the left-Hander wins, his loyal fan will be enriched by $ 3.3 million (even the champion himself will win less), but Phil can’t be counted among the main favorites of the upcoming competition.

Recall that Mickelson recently celebrated his 50th birthday and even managed to make a triumphant debut on the Champions Tour, and Phil has a special relationship with the major U.S. Open. The left-hander has never won the American open, and he holds a not-so-happy record: Phil has completed this prestigious tournament six times in a single step from the title. He had a chance to experience the bitterness of defeat at Winged Foot Golf club, where Mickelson allowed a double on the final hole and eventually lost To Geoff Ogilvy (Geoff Ogilvy). However, the golfer himself treats the incident with humor.

“I heard that someone put 45 thousand with a coefficient of 75 to one that I will win the U.S. Open (the payout will be 3.3 million),” the left-Hander wrote on Twitter – ” I Hope that to the joy of both of us before the 18th hole, I will lead with a three-stroke advantage.”

The Cup of Russia on a Golf course 2020. Starting list for September 15

The Russian Golf Cup 2020 starts at GORKI Golf club on September 15. on September 15 and 16, the qualifying stage is held in the strokplay format. On September 17 and 18, match matches are played according to the Olympic system starting from the 1/8 final.

Ivan Striganov will defend the title. Last year’s winner Anna Schulze could not come to Russia and does not participate in the tournament. Among the participants are current Russian Champions Ekaterina Malakhova and Yegor Eroshenko, winners of the Russian student championship Alexey Karasev and Maria Striganova.
The largest team consists of students from the Moscow Golf School, led by coaches Sergey Nechaev and Manvel Dunn. Senior coach of the Moscow national team Sergey Nechaev noted that “this year at the Russian Cup, the Moscow Golf school is represented by a strong team of 34 athletes. Many athletes showed their level of play at the Russian Championship and are in good shape. Everyone’s mindset is to fight. I believe in the guys and in a successful balance of power, as the competition will be held according to the playoff system.”

European Tour: Hero Open, results. Sam Horsfield wins his first title

For Sam Horsfield, the weekend of the Hero Open tournament turned out quite well, although the Englishman lost a solid advantage during the third round. Sam started the final day with a minimal lead from his pursuers, but habitually got a few cons on the first nine, where Horsfield made sixteen birdies and an eagle in a week. With the second nine, Sam did not have such a warm relationship, and in the end he had to catch up with the Belgian Thomas Detry (Thomas Detry), who performed powerfully in the final round.

Horsfield managed to get another negative, but Detry allowed bogey, which cost him the title. Sam won his first European Tour trophy and topped the UK Swing Order of Merit, in which the best members of the British tour will receive ten invitations to the major U.S. Open. So it is likely that Horsfield will soon have to return to the US, where he trained for the previous three months.

For the second week in a row, Rasmus Hojgaard fought for the title, but on the final nine, the 19-year-old Dane made several mistakes and finished only in sixth place. Last year, Rasmus, who has already won the top European division, finished on the 192-th line of the Rating, but now is rapidly approaching the top hundred, but his twin brother Nikolai, who also played this week, can not yet boast of such progress.

Ernie ELS: do a knee-high RAF and don’t touch the gear

As soon as the pandemic faded into the background, one of the most important topics in the world of Golf again became the problem of constantly increasing the range of strokes among the pros, largely due to the development of technology in the production of equipment. Officials and legendary golfers constantly speak out about this and offer their own solutions to the situation. Ernie ELS did not stay away and shared his vision of this problem.

“Our game is in perfect order,” Ernie wrote on his Twtteer page. ” There is no point in hindering the development of equipment and increasing the distance. We need to focus on precision strikes. You don’t need to make the fields longer. Make the RAF knee-high and the fairways fast and firm, which will be equally difficult for all players.”

Recall that ELS twice won the major of the U.S. Open, the organizers of which made the most difficult RAF their business card, so the veteran is clearly confident in his ability to find fairways. It is worth noting that such a drastic decision can even hurt golfers, who usually focus on the accuracy of their drives. As practice shows, even the most accurate pros from time to time are in the RAF, but it is the “truckers” who have a much higher chance of getting out of the high grass with minimal losses. Notable here is the fact that Ernie in his 50 years adheres to more progressive views and does not offer to fight the development of technology, as many of his age-old colleagues do.

Dmitry Svatkovsky: “In the next 5-10 years, the attitude to Golf in Russia may change»

Exactly 20 years ago, Dmitry Svatkovsky achieved the main achievement in his career — a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney in modern pentathlon. Soon after those Games, Dmitry finished his career, but did not leave the sport. In 2004, he became President of the European modern pentathlon Confederation, and was also the Director of the organizing Committee for the nomination of Moscow to host the 2012 Olympics and Sochi to host the 2014 Olympics. In addition, Svatkovsky is a Deputy of The state Duma, and also actively plays Golf. We talked with Dmitry about the problems of Russian Golf, its strengths and weaknesses as a player, as well as the upcoming tournament “Strong figures”.

  • Dmitry, in Russia and the former Soviet Union, there is still an opinion that Golf is a bourgeois sport only for the rich. Do you think Golf can expect a transformation in people’s minds like what happened to tennis in the 90s?
    — Such a transformation can indeed be expected, but under certain conditions! First, it is the emergence of a more developed and accessible infrastructure. There are prerequisites for this both in the two capitals and in the regions, because Golf has recently become an Olympic sport and the attitude towards it is gradually changing. Secondly, it is staffing – the appearance of methodologists, coaches with sufficient qualifications. Third, it is the appearance of Russian Champions-people who will be looked up to and whose success stories will be known. Our girls have a good chance here. When these three components add up to a single puzzle (in my opinion, this may happen within 5-10 years), we can expect a change in the attitude to Golf in our country.

— You, Svetlana Zhurova, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Vera Shimanskaya and other famous Russian athletes switched to Golf at the end of their main career. For you, Golf is just a hobby and a pleasant pastime in good company, or does your sporting nature and desire to show the best results manifest themselves in any situation?
— Of course, this is a pleasant leisure in the first place. This is communication with people who are United by one interest, one goal. I would put the sports component in second place. Although in the heat of competition, there is often excitement and emotions overwhelm, and there is a great desire to achieve a high sporting result.

  • Tell us about your strengths and weaknesses as a golfer.
  • Weak points are unstable strikes at a distance of more than 150 meters, there is still a lot of work to be done. And I will refer to the strengths of the “short” game — everything within 100 meters. I have gained confidence and psychological stability. Of course, a school of big-time sports makes itself felt: how to control your emotions as not to draw attention to the failures and to prepare for the next shot.

— The main problem of popularizing Golf in Russia today is the lack of a truly big international star, or will the mass audience still not be very interested in watching a player go through 18 holes for 4-5 hours?
— I think the issue of creating infrastructure again comes to the fore. And, of course, individual success stories attract both children and adults. In addition, holding major international competitions in our country will give an impetus to the development of Golf.

— In a recent interview, you said that Golf will at some point become closer to the people due to mass participation. Has this process already started or not yet?
— This process began and developed rapidly. Now a lot depends on the position of the state and the Ministry of sports of the Russian Federation. If a special program is created to support Golf in terms of creating conditions and schools on the ground, the process will go much faster. There are examples of many countries where Golf is a popular game.

— Do you follow the world of Golf? If so, which golfers and golfers do you like?
— I follow men’s Golf. At the top of my personal ranking, tiger woods is my age, and I have been watching him for many years, long before I came to Golf myself. A great career with UPS and downs. I will be happy to read his memoirs in the future. I am also interested in European golfers Jon RAM and Henrik Stenson. I am closely following Brooks Koepka, who is going through difficult times, and I wonder how he will cope with this situation. I am waiting for Russian golfers to appear. I think the audience of Golf in the country in this case would expand at a tremendous pace.

— Do you plan to introduce your children to Golf?
— The whole family watches my performances. The girls were already holding clubs in their hands, trying out punches. I think that this year we will go out with them on the field. I also promote Golf among my friends and try to involve them in this sport.

Organizers of OI-2020 canceled the countdown ceremony before the start of the tournament

The organizers of the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo decided to cancel the countdown ceremony before the start of the tournament, which was scheduled for July 23, reports Wtvbam with reference to the Japanese TV channel NHK.

“We cannot afford to hold such a large-scale event at this time, as there is still a risk of the spread of coronavirus,” said one of the members of the organizing Committee of the Games.

Earlier it became known that the government of Japan and the organizing Committee of the Games are considering a simplified holding of the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. The Games were originally scheduled to take place in July-August 2020, but they were moved to the same dates in 2021. Due to the risk of spreading coronavirus, the possibility of reducing the number of participants in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic games will be considered. They can also reduce the number of viewers.

Most of the residents of Tokyo have decided against holding the Olympics already migrated

More than half of Tokyo residents spoke out against holding the Olympic games in the capital of Japan, which were previously postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is reported by “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”, referring to the report of the Kyodo Agency, which used the data of local sociologists.

1030 people aged 18 to 72 took part in the survey. The opinions of the capital’s residents were divided as follows: 51.7% of respondents were against the Olympics, 46.3% were in favor, and 2% could not decide on the answer.

Recall that it was originally planned that the summer Olympics in Tokyo will be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but according to the decision approved by the International Olympic Committee, it was postponed to the same dates in 2021.

Taro Yamamoto, a former actor who now heads the Reiwa Shinsengumi party, announced his candidacy for the post of Governor of Tokyo (Japan), Bloomberg reports.

It is reported that the main point of his program in case of winning the election will be the cancellation of the summer Olympic games in Tokyo. He believes that the money that will be spent on hosting the Olympics can be used more efficiently in another area.

Tokyo’s gubernatorial election will be held on July 5. The current Governor, Yuriko Koike, has also put forward her candidacy.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Olympic games, which were scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, were postponed to next summer and will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

Is the Tiger Woods era over?

The most famous golfer of our time tiger woods has completed treatment for drug dependence. Will we see him again on the podium of any major tournament?
In the noughties, every housewife knew woods’s name. His successes were aware of not only those who can not distinguish between “birdie” from steam, and the bunker from the green, but even those who have little idea how to look for the Golf clubs, how many of them, and how they differ.

All these details are for professionals or at least fans of the most aristocratic (according to adepts) sport. But there was so much of woods in everyday life that it was hard to miss him. He looked at us from the covers of magazines, glossy or not, smiled from the TV screen during ads, his victories were told about in the news of sports where Golf is not very welcome, he produced his own clothes and a named video game. He also regularly topped the list of the richest athletes – his earnings exceeded a billion dollars. Ten years later, they had forgotten a little about Woods.

Eldrick Taunt wood, the sportsman’s full name, attracted widespread attention at the end of may. Then the press reported that the 14-time major winner was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and spent the night in a police station. Fried facts immediately flew to the pages of Newspapers and websites, where they began to savor the fans of sensations.

As in the old joke about Rabinovich winning a million dollars in the lottery, not all the information was correct. The details appeared a little later, and were not so scandalous. As it turned out, about three o’clock in the morning, the highway patrol in the Florida city of palm beach noticed a Mercedes standing with the engine running right on the road. Inside, the police found woods asleep, whose behavior seemed strange to them – he was slow and could not speak clearly. Naturally, with such symptoms, the athlete was immediately sent to the right place.

Woods himself denied from the start that he was drunk, and for good reason – alcohol was never found in his blood. But the 41-year-old golfer had to admit to other sins. As it turned out, he was taking medication prescribed by a doctor, including painkillers and sleeping pills. I went too far, falling asleep at the wheel. After that, he had to start a rehabilitation course. In particular, the charge of driving under the influence of drugs was reduced to just dangerous driving, which implies much less severe penalties. This story is not over yet.

Gareth Bale makes fun of himself. He performed a famous challenge with a Golf club

Real Madrid want to sell Gareth Bale. Fans are not happy with the Welshman’s performance. They have been bantering for at least a year that the forward is more interested in Golf than football. This is all not news — bale’s problems in Madrid are already tired of listening to. It seems that it is time for Gareth to leave at least in the current transfer window.

With real Madrid and Zidane, it doesn’t work out. At least in 2020. It used to be all right.

But now everything is obvious: real Madrid is ready to do anything in the summer to part with Bale. Florentino Perez accepted that Gareth, with his salary, demands and dubious prospects, was too difficult to sell. Therefore, Madrid is ready to give Bale for free. Despite the fact that the player’s contract is valid until 2022. But if a particular club agrees with Gareth himself, Real Madrid will release the Welshman as a free agent. That’s it.

But one thing is unclear-does bale still love football? Ready to tear and throw? Give 200 percent for any team in this world? Get high on football?

Not from Golf. While the world almost does not play football because of the coronavirus-a new challenge has appeared. Players mint toilet paper — a scarce product, by the way! Bale changed the rules — he used paper as a gate (well, or a hole). He used a Golf club to roll a ball into it. Also for Golf.

On the one hand, of course, it’s fun. On the other hand, Bale is constantly being told that Golf is more important to him than football. Although, of course, he’s not a Pro golfer. But a professional football player…

And so, when all the Championships were put on pause, and people have much more time on the Internet, bale first: a) Announced plans to open a bar in his native Cardiff… with two Golf courses on the roof. Par 59 will have a restaurant, two bar counters, two mini Golf courses, and 18 thousand square meters of space. “I won’t play football forever, so I’m thinking about the future. And your own, and your favorite city. Yes, the coronavirus confuses everyone’s plans, but we are optimistic, ” bale was quoted as saying.