Tradition Unlike any Other: Masters Tournament Withdrawals

Posted at 1:14 PM, Apr 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-12 16:14:43-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — It's Masters Weekend or at least should be. The coronavirus wiped out the best golf weekend of the year and, thus, we are missing out on an iconic moment at one of the most iconic courses in golf.

Last year, Tigers Woods "returned to glory" as broadcaster Jim Nantz so eloquently put it. In 2012, Bubba Watson showed us true emotion after a touching hug with his mom just moments after sinking the winning putt on 18. In 2015, the golf world rallied behind 21-year-old Jordan Spieth as he put on one of the most dominant performances at Augusta.

Jordan Spieth wins 2015 Masters
Jordan Spieth wins 2015 Masters

This year, we are stripped of that. Bakersfield College men's golf coach Wes Coble is missing the Masters but is enjoying watching tournaments of years past and reflecting on some of the great moments in the sport.

"Everybody rejoices and remembers the '97 Tiger tournament. But people forget about the great tournaments that Freddy Couples had in '92 or Vj or Phil who's won a few you know," he said. "Nobody really remembers those and celebrates those so being able to relive those other tournaments Is is awesome."

Coble has never played at Augusta National, but he does own a little piece of it.

"Our Swing Coach, Arno Du toiToit, who was the former pro at Bakersfield Country Club has been there and played it," he said. "He brought me a little bit of grass back."

With his grass in one hand and a remote in the other, Coble and many others will be spending their Easter Sundays watching classic moments on television, hoping the sport will return in the near future.