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Pink Azelea at Augusta National, The Masters

5 Things to Know About the 2018 Masters

February 20, 2018
The Masters

1.Tiger Time

Tiger Woods hasn’t played in the Masters since 2013. Not surprisingly, the buzz and excitement for Tiger playing in this year’s Masters is already over the top. Woods has had many amazing moments at Augusta National through the years and fans are anxious to see if he can bring some more magic to this annual celebration of golf amid the azaleas and dogwoods. Some of Tiger’s most memorable Masters moments include his stunning 12-shot victory in 1997 as a 21-year old; the spectacular chip-in at No. 16 in the final round in 2005 in his duel with Chris DiMarco; and his 2001 victory, which sealed the Tiger Slam. Whether you like Tiger or not, nobody can deny he brings an unparalleled level of excitement when he tees up at the Masters.

2. The Rory Grand Slam

The young Irishman can make history by winning the Masters and completing the career Grand Slam. His game looks in top form with some early success on the European Tour this year. When McIlroy is totally focused and on his “A” game there’s little doubt he can win the Masters.  It’ll be difficult, though, because the field gets deeper and deeper each year with an increasing number of golfers in serious contention to win the Green Jacket.

3. A Sergio Repeat?

Sergio Garcia was the author of an amazing storyline at last year’s Masters. After all, it was his 74th attempt at winning a major and he outwardly acknowledged the Augusta National layout did not set up well for his game. That said, Garcia displayed marvelous ball striking all week and the Masters patrons cheered him vociferously on the back nine. Garcia played brilliantly down the stretch and he instantly shed the dubious title of “best player never to have won a major”.  It’ll be difficult for Sergio to repeat against a strong field, but he’ll be much more relaxed this year and he’ll have a renewed confidence about the Masters that he’s never had before.

4. Top Names in the 2018 Field

Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose, Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Hidecki Matsuyama and Henrick Stenson.

5. Great Masters Packages Available

This year, Premier Golf is offering more Masters packages than ever before. The offerings include everything from 1-day practice round packages to 7-day practice round and all four tournament days package with accommodations at a private home. For Masters Package information call one of the Premier Masters specialists Bill Hogan, Ann Mabry or Paul Schwartz at 888-439-1831 toll free.