Sporting Life

10 reasons to watch the Masters

Every game, we like to say, is bigger than any player. Even golf. It's missing Tiger Woods and yet it's Major time. And so even though there's no red shirt, here are a few reasons why we should wake up for the Masters.

1. To feel a sense of normalcy. The Masters in November 2020 was as awkward as Roland Garros in October. Everything in sport must have its season. Augusta means April, spring means azaleas. In an unpredictable time it reminds us how reassuring ritual can be.

2. To see Bryson DeBasher at work. He was born in a town called Modesto but bashfulness isn't his style. If the wind is right, he may try and drive to the edge of the first hole, only an uphill 445 yards. DeChambeau is going to explode or implode because half-measures offend him.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2021, with the headline '10 reasons to watch the Masters'. Subscribe