Road to the Masters changes every year

Chairs placed by patrons are shown lined up in Amen Corner as play began in the third round in the...

Chairs placed by patrons are shown lined up in Amen Corner as play began in the third round in the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, April 7, 2012. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

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Every year, the pursuit of golf's Holy Grail -- the Grand Slam -- traces a new route.

This year it will pass through tiny Ardmore, Pa., home of the 2013 U.S. Open, then on to Muirfield in Scotland, host of the Open Championship, before it reaches its terminus in Rochester, N.Y., at the PGA Championship.

But the race will begin this coming week, as it always does, at the pristine oasis of natural beauty that sits in the middle of the nondescript city of Augusta in eastern Georgia, just a Bubba Watson drive from the South Carolina line.

Competitive golf is played somewhere on earth 12 months a year but anything that happens in the first three months of any year is just white noise when the page on the calendar changes from March to April.

In April, whether you're a golf fan or not, Augusta National Golf Club pulls us back for another Masters Tournament as if we were iron filings drawn to a powerful magnet.


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