The Masters: A Tradition Unlike Any Other, Only a Short Flight Away
When the calendar turns to April and winter’s cold relents in favor of spring, it can only mean one thing for sports fans. It’s time to think about The Masters, the first of golf’s impressive string of major tournaments. Held each year at the pristine Augusta National Golf Club, the Masters features one of the best fields in golf and awards one of the biggest purses, too. Every April, Augusta, Georgia is one of the most popular private jet charter destinations in the country. Vault Aviation’s On Demand private jet charter program is the perfect way to get to The Masters in style. In 2016, the tournament figures to be as exciting as ever. Golf’s young stars will descend on Augusta in search of the green jacket, and spectators will enjoy the perfect grounds as they do every year.
For nearly two decades, the leading story line heading into April centered on Tiger Woods and whether he’d claim yet another green jacket. The Masters used to be all Tiger’s, as he’d rip through the course’s par-fives on the way to record-breaking scores. That’s changed. Tiger’s gotten older, and injuries have kept him from competing in the majors since his last win at the US Open at Torrey Pines. In his stead, several players have emerged, giving golf fans compelling stars to cling to.
Rory McIlroy is healthy and begins the tournament as the odds-on favorite. Though McIlroy has never performed all that well at Augusta, his game is sharp and fit for the course. He’s an excellent ball striker who can move the ball from right to left, an absolute must for golfers who want to compete on the track. McIlroy took the lead into the final round at the World Golf Championship Cadillac Classic at Doral before folding on Sunday. He figures to hang around the first page of the leaderboard at the very least when the weekend comes.
All eyes will be on Jordan Spieth as he looks to defend his 2015 Masters title. Last year started off with a bang for Spieth, who won at Augusta and again at Chambers Bay in the US Open. He couldn’t close out the Grand Slam, though, falling short at St. Andrews and Whistling Straits. Spieth’s form’s been a bit shaky early in 2016, as he’s struggled to make cuts even in those events where he’s long been solid. Still, the potential for Spieth to dominate is there, and he’s got a better feel for Augusta than most. If he happens to repeat, he’ll be the first golfer to do so since Tiger took home back-to-back crowns in 2001 and 2002.
A host of other golfers figure to push the top two in what should be a competitive field. Jason Day finally broke through in the last major of 2015, winning convincingly in Wisconsin at the PGA Championship. He’s long been good at Augusta, and his high ball flight should suit the East Georgia track. Bubba Watson has won twice at Augusta in the last few years and has the current form to scare the top of the leaderboard. Lefties have long held an advantage at Augusta, a fact that let journeyman Canadian Mike Weir win the only major of his career at the course in 2003. Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, and Dustin Johnson come into the event with better than average Vegas odds to walk away with the green jacket. While Scott and Rose have proven their major championship mettle, Fowler and Johnson still rank as perhaps the two best players in the world not to win a major.
A host of lesser-known European players figure to give the tournament some spice in 2016. One of the biggest questions revolves around Danny Willet, the English star who has shown himself competitive at the majors and World Golf Championship events. Willet’s wife is due to give birth right around the time they tee off in Augusta, and he’s said he’ll leave the tournament to be by her side if that happens. If he plays, Willet’s game gives him a chance to land on the first page of the leaderboard. He’ll be joined by Andy Sullivan, a likely Ryder Cup selection, and Paul Casey, a player who would be on the Ryder Cup team if he hadn’t given up his European Tour membership to play in the US full-time.
Seeing the world’s best players on one of the venerable American golf tracks is a bucket-list item for golf enthusiasts. No matter who wins the tournament, spending a few days walking on undisturbed grass at Augusta can give new life to a fan’s understanding of the majors. If the great golf and beautiful scenery weren’t enough, then Augusta’s reputation for filling its patrons with dollar sandwiches and cheap beer should be a draw. At Augusta National, it’s still golf the way it was meant to be, and it’s an experience that’s not out of reach for fans. Vault Aviation can fly you into Augusta Regional Airport – only a short 20-minute drive away from Augusta National Golf Club. The Masters is one of the most popular private jet charter destinations every year – call us or fill out a quote request form to receive the Green Jacket treatment today.