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Well golf fans, it's time for the first men's major golf tournament of the 2019 season. The forecast this week is calling for increasing rain and thunderstorms throughout the week which will likely put a premium on posting some good scores in the first two rounds.

The smart money seems to be on guys like Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose. Rory for his recent performances, and Justin for his previously good performances at Augusta National. From what I see, the poor weather will favor a European with some Masters experience. Though a lot of people are still interested in seeing Tiger Woods return to the winner's ceremony (count me in on this as well), I would be much more likely favor a hot player like Kisner, Fleetwood, or Molineri. But guys like Rahm, Fowler, or Kuchar is not out of the question. It's hard to say why guys like Dustin Johnson can't seem to tame the course, but I would favor Justin Thomas over DJ on this setup.

Anyway, as always there should be some memorable moments this year and perhaps even a few surprises. Just imagine if a guy like Corey Conners who won the Valero Tournament last week as a Monday qualifier could pull off a miracle win this week on these hallowed grounds. That would make for a story even Hollywood couldn't write!

So, who you got in this one? :scratch:
 
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You get to keep it for a year when you win it, then it goes back to Augusta at the next year's ceremony. You can find lots of pics of winners sporting their jackets in public.
Exactly. Most Masters winners donned their green jackets when they made their customary appearance on the Tonight Show.
Sergio Garcia even wore his when he got married.

 
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The point of the tradition is that outside of Augusta National there is only one current Masters Champion. So the winner each year becomes the ambassador for the tournament and wears his jacket publicly to notable events. But when all the remaining past Masters champions get back together each year for Masters Week, they wear their jackets on the premises. All the past jackets are kept in storage at Augusta National. And even if your original one doesn't fit any longer, they have all sizes so that you can be clad in green for the champion's dinner and any other club events.
 

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Exactly. Most Masters winners donned their green jackets when they made their customary appearance on the Tonight Show.
Sergio Garcia even wore his when he got married.

Love it! 😊

But I still think driving through Taco Bell with their green jackets on is hilarious & a great idea.

What shocked me the most though, was the number of athletes with stellar bodies that eat junk food, just like the rest of America. Lol
 
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What shocked me the most though, was the number of athletes with stellar bodies that eat junk food, just like the rest of America. Lol
Hey... even if you're a rich & famous athlete, you still gotta live! :hihi:
 

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Sadly big name celebrities cannot have it both ways. They cannot want to be famous and popular and still live an incognito life. These superstars are 'worshiped' when they are on top and they are castigated harshly when they are exposed as something less than the way they've been portrayed by the media. The trick (for me anyway) is not to care about anything they do outside of the profession that makes them popular. Like you I feel sorry for those closest to them... especially when the bad stories come out. The media is vicious!

So I won't idolize anyone... no matter who they are or what they do. But I can admire what they are good at doing in the entertainment world. But outside of that, I don't want to know anything about them.
I have been thinking about this & there is an upside.

Tiger Woods might have helped a lot of other people with his sex & prescription drug addiction.
He is human, but he has a worldwide platform to help other struggling addicts.

Just like Betty Ford did with her breast cancer & drug/alcohol addiction.

Robin Roberts with her bone marrow transplant, etc etc etc.

Many famous people are able to keep their lives private & live sort of incognito.

But the famous people who say, “look at me, look at me” must want other people in their business, I guess.
 

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I am obviously in the minority. And a small one. But when it became apparent that Woods was going to win, I stopped watching. I cannot pull for him. I concede his extraordinary talent and dominance when he was younger. I recognize that he is "good" for golf--Tiger in contention at a major creates for the television networks delirium. But for me, pulling for Tiger is like pulling for IBM, or even worse the Dallas Cowboys.
 
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I am obviously in the minority. And a small one. But when it became apparent that Woods was going to win, I stopped watching. I cannot pull for him. I concede his extraordinary talent and dominance when he was younger. I recognize that he is "good" for golf--Tiger in contention at a major creates for the television networks delirium. But for me, pulling for Tiger is like pulling for IBM, or even worse the Dallas Cowboys.
I believe that a lot of people feel as you do... and you certainly have the right to respond however you wish.
But since I do not know any big name sports stars or entertainers personally, I choose not to follow the personal lives of any of these people. I only actually care about what I see on the playing field. I'm not interested in anything they do when the game is over. I have my own reality to concern myself with.

Thus I have no disillusions about any of these people.
 

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I am obviously in the minority. And a small one. But when it became apparent that Woods was going to win, I stopped watching. I cannot pull for him. I concede his extraordinary talent and dominance when he was younger. I recognize that he is "good" for golf--Tiger in contention at a major creates for the television networks delirium. But for me, pulling for Tiger is like pulling for IBM, or even worse the Dallas Cowboys.
Totally see your point.

The thing with Tiger, though, it was like watching a dead man come back to life.

His daughter found him laying on their lawn, unable to move, & she had to call 911.

Tiger could have easily said, “no way, I am done.”

To go through 8 surgeries & STILL try again, is what people are cheering about, I believe.

Tiger said that it was very hard for him not to cry coming up on the 18th hole. I guess so, the guy went through hell & back to get there.
 

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Amazing day to watch golf. I had the great fortune of seeing him win the last major before this one with my daughter. When he hugged his son, I just about lost it. Great stuff. A redemption story to be sure.
 
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If Tiger had continued to miss as many short putts as he did on Day 1, ^that prognostication would have come true.
But he started hitting most of the long and short putts the rest of the way.

Great putting is a very important part of winning at Augusta National. Every year!
 

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