>Masters Golf Tournament is here. What an exciting year!
The tournament started with champions Arnold Palmer, age 80, and Jack Nicklaus, age 70, teeing off. These two heroes are the ones who put golf on the map for the general public, I think. I know they are the ones I remember seeing first!
Tom Watson, at age 60, had a fantastic first day with a 67. On this Sunday morning, he is tied for 14th going into the tournament. And Fred Couples, age 50, is in 5th place starting the final day. Couples won the Masters in 1992 and lost the tournament to Phil Mickelson in in 2006. Couples competes and wins regularly on the Championship tour.
And Matteo Manassero, at only 16 years old, became the youngest player to ever make the cut at the Masters!
From 16 years old to 80 years old, the finest golfers in the world are at Augusta this week. The wide age range was striking, reminding us all that golf is a game for all ages–even at major tournament levels. And in the gallery, age is no issue either. My nephew is very excited to be attending his first Masters this year at the age of 10 years old — and starting a tradition that I am sure will continue for the rest of his life.
Our little grandson already enjoys golf at the age of 6 years old — and especially enjoys time on the driving range with his Poppy. Today he will be watching the tournament on tv with his daddy, and will be chattering about it all next week with his Poppy. What other sport do you know that a child can enjoy with his parents and grandparents, actively, as a spectator, in person or on television?
I do hope you take some time today to watch the final round of the Masters tournament on television. Even if you do not yet play the game, you will enjoy seeing the best of the best at their best! To keep up with the latest scores, go to Masters.com.
PS — And when your children or grandchildren ask about golf, do open that door for them and help them to discover a game they can enjoy for a lifetime!