by Jeff Skinner
Twenty days and counting to The Masters and I just got what I need to make those three weeks fly by: The 2014 Masters Journal. It gets better each year and this year’s journal is packed with great articles from top writers, Masters facts, Masters records, a hole by hole layout and amazingly the secret of how to play Augusta National by none other than Jack Nicklaus. Click here for The Masters website.
Dave Shedloski gets the inside info from Nicklaus on winning a green jacket, “Six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus says he didn’t really learn how to play Augusta National until eight years after he won his first Masters title.”
Roy Green Jr. gives us an historical look at The Masters and how the club and the tournament barely survived a very rocky start. “The Masters is such a grand tradition in golf, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the first tournament, played 80 years ago, almost didn’t happen.”
E. Michael Johnson features many of the putters that past champions donated to the club. He takes “A close look at the flat sticks used by Masters Champions to calm the challenging nature of Augusta National’s greens.” I was thrilled to see that 1994 Masters Champion, Jose Maria Olazabal used my putter, a Ping Zing to claim both his green jackets.
There are articles on 2013 champion Adam Scott’s magnificent victory, memories of past Masters from Phil Mickelson and more but the best part of the Journal may be Jim Dodson’s profile of four time Masters winner, Arnold Palmer. Arnie loves The Masters like no other, “As long as I can still hit a ball, I’ll be there. You know last year I out drove both Jack and Gary.” You have to love The King’s enthusiasm.
Get out to your Barnes & Noble and a copy, it’s the best ten bucks you’ll spend on golf all season.