The dispute as of this Thursday of Augusta Masters means the return of one of the great sporting events of the year. Although harassed by several changes, the tournament had to adapt to the circumstances imposed by the COVID19 pandemic, although the most significant thing is that, despite it may look strange, the organizers found a way to do it.
It will be an edition without an audience, without stands or celebrations, but with essential condiments that maintain its mystique. Tiger Woods will be defending his title, Rory McIlroy will seek the title of the only Major who needs to win in his career, with Bryson DeChambeau as one of the favorites to win it and also with a strong Latin presence.
In the latest edition of the podcast ‘We put the batteries on’, your driver Fernando Palomo I have an extensive and interesting conversation with John sutcliffe, the reporter of ESPN that maintains a perfect presence since 2001, in which he not only commented on the particularities of the tournament and what is expected of it, as well as the Latinos who will write their history in this edition.
“It’s going to be a weird, different edition,” Sutcliffe began, detailing the reasons below. “Access to the public is restricted, only members were allowed to bring their partner or a guest, and even the players are restricted as they are only allowed one companion. To get an idea of how different it will be, just mention that if in previous years a hotel in the area could cost more than a thousand dollars a night, now they are offered for 82 ”.
Asked about what to expect from the tournament in particular, Sutcliffe considered that “we will have to enjoy Tiger Woods, who comes to the tournament tired on his back. I say this because I think that we have little Tiger left in the future, since he has had too many operations on him. Today his greatest challenge comes from adding his 83rd victory in the PGA and in this way being able to be declared the most winner in history ”.
His previous analysis did not remain in the defending champion, nor in the candidates to win the tournament, but also included the Latino presence. “I am very happy that there is a great Latino representation. For example we have the Mexican Abraham Ancer, who is in position 21 of the ranking, the Colombian Sebastian Muñoz, someone who already has victories in the PGA, along with the Argentines Angel Cabrera (winner of the Masters in 2009) Y Abel gallegos (amateur). Unfortunately we will not be able to count on the Chilean Joaquin Niemann who should have retired after having tested positive for COVID19 ”.
Sutcliffe had words of praise for the Chilean golfer saying that “Niemann can give Chilean golf the chance to be number one one day. He is a very special player who at only 18 or 19 years of age had already dominated the amateur circuit. Although I think there will not be another Ángel Cabrera, who arose from his desire, his perseverance, hunger and even poverty, I have to say that Joaquín has everything to transcend ”.
We are facing a great opportunity because it is the first time that we have seen many Latin American golfers training at universities in the United States and then entering the PGA Tour. Latino golf in this country is going through a good time and Hispanics is the market that has grown the most within this sport, ”he said.
In the extensive talk with Fernando Palomo, John Sutcliffe also included anecdotes such as having been “nowhere near being the official translator of the champions’ dinner before the tournament, but unfortunately Augusta’s Food and Beverages manager was Bolivian and so they chose him ”, as well as details on how the tournament became one of the most exclusive in world sport.