The Month of April is perhaps the biggest month of the year for golf. Reason being? The Masters… The first major of the year and the biggest tournament of them all. The Masters tournament was established 82 years ago in 1934 and is played at Augusta National every year. Unlike the other three Major tournaments in golf which rotate courses each year, the Masters is played at the same course every year. One significance of the tournament is the Green Jacket, which has been awarded to the winner of the Masters every year since 1949.
This year, Tiger Woods will not be playing in the field which leaves the door open for many and the attention on the young guns of the golf world. Some of those names consist of Jason Day, ranked #1 in the world golf rankings. As well as Rickie Fowler, last years champion of the Green Jacket Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, and lastly Rory Mcilroy. Out of all the young players in the field, many will be paying close attention to Rory simply because he’ll be chasing history this week.
What exactly is he chasing? Golf’s Grand Slam…Rory has won the U.S. Open, The British Open, and The PGA Tournament, but has yet to put a Green Jacket on his shoulders to complete the final leg of the Grand Slam. With a win this week, Rory will join the likes of: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gene Sarazan, Gary Player, and Ben Hogan, each who are a part of Golf’s biggest names since the birth of the sport.
The 2016 Masters will be Rory’s second attempt at the Grand Slam. In 2015, Rory finished -12 in route to a 4th place finish in his first attempt at the Slam. On Thursday, Rory will be paired with Martin Kaymer and Bill Haas at 2:01 pm, the final tee time of the day. If Rory can maintain a good putting stroke on the greens with the recent switch to an overlap/overhand grip, a Green Jacket could be waiting for him at 18 on Sunday. If not, it could prove costly and the pressure in years moving forward to complete Golf’s Grand Slam could grow heavier. Time will tell throughout the next two days if we’ll get to see Rory move on to the weekend. I can assure you this, with a highly competitive field in 2016, a trip to the podium will not come easy for Rory. He has all the tools in the bag to win, it’s how those tools are used this week that will dictate whether history will be made at Augusta for Rory in 2016.