The Masters begins four weeks from today! One of the many cool things about the season's first major is the relatively new trend in which some of the big clubmakers provide their players with special Masters-themed bags. In the last few days, we've gotten our first looks at a couple of them.
The one on the left in the photo above is Callaway's creation, obviously, while the one on the right is from TaylorMade.
We'll explore them in more detail when we get to Masters week, but for now we can see a magnolia blossom adorning Callaway's bag. And the TaylorMade bag has a ''golden bear,'' which we can safely assume is a reference to the 50th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus' first Masters victory in 1963.
The second season of the PGA Tour Latinoamerica got under way today at the first round of the Mexico Open.
The South of the Border circuit played 11 events in 2012, but has 15 on the docket this season. The campaign is broken into two halves, with eight tournaments between March and June in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, followed by the seven final events between October and December in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Argentina.
The events feature $150,000 purses, but there is more at stake for those who perform well. Several players excelling in the first half will gain access to this summer’s PGA Tour Canada, and the top five players on the season-ending Latinoamerica money list will earn spots on the 2014 Web.com Tour.
Having a chance to climb the ladder is why many of the players are participating.
"For the Latin American golfer, (the difference) with this tour is day and night," Alan Wagner of Argentina told PGATour.com. "Up until last year, we would play the Tour de las Americas and those players that would win or play well wouldn’t receive a reward for their play – you would gain access to the second stage of Q-School.
"But now you know that if you play well, you’ll be competing on the Web.com Tour the following year," he explained. "As this tour grows and consolidates, in a few years we will see many more Latinos playing on the Web.com and eventually on the PGA Tour, so it is very good for Latin American golf."
For more on the 2013 PGA Tour Latinoamerica, click here.