Golfers will take their first swings at Augusta National Golf Club Monday morning as practice rounds begin for the Masters Tournament. It’s been a banner year for housing rentals in the tournament’s host city.
Augusta residents are renting their houses at a brisk pace ahead of this year’s Masters Tournament, according to the Masters Housing Bureau run by the area’s chamber of commerce. The number of bookings through January is double where it was a year ago.
Changes could be on the way at the site of the Masters golf tournament, Augusta National Golf Club. Plans filed with the city show the club intends to demolish part of the current clubhouse and an adjacent building to clear the way for a new, two-level structure.
In search of his first major title, Lee Westwood made seven birdies and finished at 5-under par 67 to grab the first-round lead at the Masters. Westwood had a one-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen, who finished birdie-birdie to shoot 68 on Monday.
The chairman of Augusta National said the course will be ready for the first round of the Masters on Thursday despite a "significant" storm that downed "several" trees and left several bunkers "completely washed out." Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus teed off as ceremonial starters at 7:40 a.m.; they were joined for the first time by Gary Player.
Golf fans are expecting this year's Master's Golf Tournament to be one of the best-ever. Players tee off this week at Augusta National Golf Club. It'll be hard to top last year's race to the finish line -- when at least eight-players had a shot at winning top prize on the last day. But top players appear to be at the top of their games, creating a huge buzz.