Thursday, April 5, 2018

All about the Green


It’s that time of year again – the 82nd Masters starts today! We’re so excited for the next few days and can’t wait to see who will go home with the coveted green jacket (FORE Georgia takes a few guesses about some of the players they think have the best chance of winning in their article here).

For those who might not know, this major golf tournament, which began in 1934, is played annually at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. As one of the four major championships in professional golf, you can imagine all of the career highlights and special moments created at the tournament over the years. In fact, the greens alone reveal a rich history, as summarized in a recent GolfWorld article:

“Of all the elements that make Augusta National a championship test, the most heralded are its greens, a confounding collection of befuddling breaks and slippery slopes. Think of the tiny shelf on the right of the sixth green, the mammoth mounds in the 14th green, the subtle trench at the fifth, and the nasty tongue on No. 9 that propels balls back down the fairway.

But these are not the original green contours. These are modified ones, considerably softened. The original greens were even more outrageous and outlandish.”

The 12th hole in particular is known for being the scene of heartbreak. Team RSM Member Zach Johnson provided his perspective about conquering it to The New York Times, which cited Zach's advice as perhaps the "best advice of all": 

“’It’s hard,” Johnson said during a recent interview. “I make an educated guess, commit to the shot, swallow hard and, when it lands safely aboard, say, ‘Amen.’ ”

We’re looking forward to watching Zach play in the tournament, along with past RSM Classic winners Austin Cook (2017) and Kevin Kisner (2015).

Below are their tee times for Thurs., April 5:

PLAYER
TEE #
TEE TIME (ET)
Zach Johnson
1
10:30  am
Austin Cook
1
8:30 am
Kevin Kisner
1
1:05 pm

Best of luck to our Team RSM “family” this week!

Want to watch the action live from a computer? Not a problem – visit the Masters’ website here.

We’d also like to wish an early happy birthday (April 7th) to past RSM Classic winner Robert Streb (2014)! Hope you have a great day on Saturday!

Lastly, we’d like to congratulate Villanova University for winning the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament – what a great game and an amazing “March Madness” filled with talented athletes!

Check back next week for more on Team RSM, The RSM Classic (Nov. 12-18, 2018) and other golf-related news.