How to Qualify for the Master’s Tournament
The Masters Golf Tournament is one of the largest and most significant of all golf tournaments. The tournament is set to take place during the first week of April each year and it also takes place in the same state annually, August, Georgia. The Masters tournament is considered quite the challenge to get into. If you are interested in qualifying for this particular golf tournament in the future, there are a few things that you should know about ahead of time.
Play like a Champ
Of course, one of the best ways to qualify for the tournament is to play golf like a champ. You would need to compete in amateur golfing events to prove yourself to others. If you are a winning amateur player, you may receive an invitation to compete at the Masters. Practice makes perfect so try practicing as much as you possibly can. If golf is something you are genuinely good at, you can make it to the tournament, and you just have to give it your all. Take every opportunity you can to work at reaching your golfing goals.
Make the World Ranking List
As a golf player, you can receive an invite to compete at the tournament if you are already doing exceptionally well throughout the current golf season. Golfers who are doing well throughout the season are actually placed on a special list, which shows that they are top choices for the tournament. If you are featured on the World Ranking list of golf players for the previous year, you can receive an invitation to compete in the Masters tournament without hesitation.
Focus on the Game
Being invited to the Masters tournament is something for anyone to be proud of, which is why many golf players yearn for the opportunity. However, one problem some golfers have is that they focus too much on trying to get to the tournament instead of on the game they are playing. When you are competing in other golf tournaments and events, focus on how you play the game and simply do your best.
Golf is a game that requires concentration. If you think less about being invited to the Masters and more about the game you are currently playing, your chances of winning will increase. And, if you are winning your competitions, you will likely receive an invite to the tournament, making it a win-win situation.
Win the Masters
If you have already been invited to the Masters tournament once before and have won, you do not have to worry about seeking an invitation. Anyone who has won the Masters tournament at any given point in time will be invited to the tournament for the rest of their lives.
Not just anyone can compete in the Masters golf tournament. There are plenty of people who are good at playing golf, but to be invited to this tournament, you truly have to be exceptional. It will take a lot of hard work, effort, and determination to finally reach such an opportunity. However, if this is a lifelong dream of yours, all of that hard work you put into being the best at golf will surely pay off in the long run when you finally receive that invitation to compete at one of the most exciting and popular golf tournaments.
Hyundai Tournament of Champions January 6th-9th
It won’t be long before the 2012 PGA Tour regular season gets underway with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions beginning PGA action January 6-9 from the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. The tournament is worth 500 FedExCup points and will have a purse of $1.2 million dollars.
The Hyundai Tournament of Champions will begin a string of three consecutive weekends of action that will be televised on the Golf Channel before CBS join with the Golf Channel to cover the Farmers Insurance Open from Torrey Pines South Course in La Jolla, CA which runs January 26-29.
The first tournament that exceeds 500 FedExCup points will take place February 22-26 with the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship from Ritz Carlton Golf Course in Dove Mountain, Arizona as 550 points will be on the line.
There are some new names atop the Official World Golf Ranking as preparations begin for what promises to be a wide open 2012 season. Luke Donald rests atop the Official World Golf Ranking. The Englishman had two PGA wins last year and 14 top ten finishes with over $6.6 million in winnings. “The Donald” was voted the PGA Tour Player of the Year by his fellow competitors, which is a great compliment to his performance last year and his ability to dominate the future. Donald is something of a throwback and the antithesis of Tiger Woods in that he is small and not a powerful driver but instead an outstanding short game player.
Right behind Donald is another Englishman, Lee Westwood, who many consider to be the best player in the world. Westwood has certainly been a dominant player on the European Tour and is expected to join the PGA full time for 2012 which completely changes the dynamics of the race for the title. Westwood had over $10 million in career wins while focusing on action in Europe.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is number three on the Official World Golf Ranking and has joined Westwood’s commitment to playing in the PGA for 2012. He is best known for his electrifying win in the US Open last year in which he captivated American’s search for a new golf hero.
America’s old golf hero, Tiger Woods, is coming off a much needed December win but many doubts remain about his ability to win consistently in 2012.
Martin Laird wins Arnold Palmer Invitational
Martin Laird of Scotland wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida. meanwhile, Tiger Woods had more trouble again.
Tiger lets a lead slip away
Tiger Woods has had a rough year in 2010, but his play in the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club showed everyone that he’s on his way back.
That said, Tiger found a way to blow a big lead on the final day.
Graeme McDowell was “ecstatic” today after capping his most incredible golfing year with a dramatic play-off win over Tiger Woods in the Chevron World Challenge in California.
“2010 has been the stuff of dreams,” McDowell admitted after his stunning $1.2 million victory, worth £765,000, in Woods’ own tournament.
“Playing one of the greatest golfers who has ever played and to beat him like this I’m just ecstatic,” McDowell added.
It looks like Tiger will have a serious rival for the foreseeable future as well.
Times are tough for Tiger
The face of Tiger Woods says it ass, as he misses his putt on the 12th hole during the final round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron. The entire weekend was a disaster for Tiger, and Plain Dealer columnists Bud Shaw sums it up.
Golf shirts from the Tiger Woods Collection retail for $100 in the Firestone Country Club pro shop. Hats are $28.50. Neither will help you play golf like Tiger Woods.
For the first time in memory, that’s not a disclaimer as much as a selling point.
To match the game Woods brought to the South Course this week at the Bridgestone Invitational, you’d have to miss fairways, flub chips, quit on shots and putt as if you spent the morning hooked to a caffeine IV drip.
The only way this tournament could more accurately embody the tumult of 2010 for Woods after Saturday’s third-round 75 would be if he were riding in a cart and that cart careened off the course into a fire hydrant.
Woods’ 5 over round was his worst at Firestone since his previous worst — 48 hours earlier. His 11 over after 54 holes is the highest relative to par since he turned pro in 1996.
“I drove it terrible, hit my irons terrible, didn’t putt well, and it added up,” Woods said before heading directly for the driving range.
For Woods to fix everything that ails him in one driving range session he’d have to stumble across Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and a hot tub time machine there.
We’re seeing a new Tiger who actually has to deal with his personal life outside the course. Maybe he needs a trip to Vegas . . . . .
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The Players Championship is this weekend
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 5th hole during his practice round on the TPC Sawgrass course for THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Woods, who failed to make the cut last week at the Quail Hollow Championship, is playing in his third tournament of the year following his return to golf and the PGA Tour.
TPC Sawgrass is a very impressive club and resort. Here are some highlights from a recent review:
The Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida is, arguably, the Mecca of Golf in the U.S. Located in the development of Sawgrass, the TPC is just down the drive from Tour headquarters. As the Tour’s “home” club, the TPC boasts two terrific Pete Dye courses, the Valley Course and the Stadium Course, which hosts The Players Championship in late March. The Championship has become known as “The Fifth Major.”
The Stadium Course
Opened in 1982, the Stadium Course became a sensation and a topic of considerable controversy for its departure from traditional design. It was the first course of its kind, featuring mounds, high banks and earthen amphitheatres specifically designed to accommodate larger golf-ravenous crowds.
Former Tour Commissioner Deane Beman pioneered the concept of stadium golf, recognizing the crescendo of ringing cash registers in football-game size crowds. Though it continues to be controversial as a style of golf course architecture, stadium golf has grown enormously since 1982 and now the Tour owns, operates or is building no less than 32 other stadium courses around the U.S.
While other tournaments might dispute the whole “fifth major” reference, it’s a great club and a great tournament.
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