This won’t be the last time you heard that phrase. The Dormie has been dormant but it’s back just in time for Golf’s first major:
2014 Masters Tournament
I don’t need to tell you about Augusta National. It’s still playing 7,435 yards. Matty D’s ode to this grand master of majors (see what I did there?) explains the hollowed grounds of Augusta better than I could ever attempt.
Thursday: 11-1: “Live on the Range” on CBS SportsNet
3-7:30: First Round Coverage on ESPN
Friday: Same as Thursday
Saturday: 11-1: “Live on the Range” on CBS SportsNet
3-7: Third Round Coverage on CBS
Sunday: 11-1: “Live on the Range” on CBS SportsNet
2-7: Final Round Coverage on CBS
Matt was absolutely right referring to Augusta National as the world’s most exclusive club, as is this tournament. This year features 97 golfers, the most since 2011 which featured 99. There are 19 different ways to qualify for the Masters, the most notable, unlike both Open Chamionships (US and British), any living past Champion can compete if he so chooses. That’s right, if Jack Nicklaus decided he wanted to make an attempt at #19, he could enter the field. 19 past champions will be competing this year spanning from last year (Adam Scott) to 1977 (Tom Watson). 24 of this year’s 97 golfers are competing in their first major, breaking the previous of 23 set in 1935, the second tournament when it was known by its original name: the Augusta National Invitational.
More Traditions: Kevin Stadler, whom the last Dormie post was about, and his father Craig, a former Masters Champion, are the 12th father and son duo to compete in the Master and the first to compete in the same tournament.
The Cut: +2
The Winning Score: -7
Matty D’s Champ:
Like Matt, I’m taking a guy who has been there. In fact, he led the Masters going into Sunday but blew it. But he rebounded from the blown lead by blowing away the competition in the US Open that year, in 2011. That’s right, my 2014 Masters Champ will be:
Rory McIlory. McIlroy blew big lead on Sunday at the Honda Classic last month. Like in 2011, Rory will rebound. -7, calling it now.