First-round play begins today at legendary Augusta National – and among those battling for the legendary Green Jacket are TigerWoods (who is at 14-to-one in the latest Masters odds), Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose are the only three players with better odds of winning.Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will be honorary starter.
And if you’re planning to go? Leave your cell phone in the car.Masters chairman Fred Ridley says that fans and players appreciate the fact cell phones are banned at the Masters, and that there are no plans to change the policy. “I know that we have now become an outlier, if not the only outlier in golf, as well, at allowing cell phones,'' Ridley offers. “But I think it's part of the ambience of the Masters.”
Ridley cited comments made by Rory McIlroy, who says it’s nice to see people actually watch shots instead of trying to take videos or pictures. “I don't believe that's a policy that anyone should expect is going to change in the near future, if ever,” Ridley adds. “I can't speak for future chairmen, but speaking for myself, I think we got that right.''