The 83rd edition of the Masters will tee off at Augusta on Thursday. Golf – and particularly the Masters with all its idiosyncratic traditions – is sometimes seen as a bit of a stuck up sport.
But Conor Moore, a master impressionist, has brought a
slightly lighter side to things. A video of him impersonating some of the
biggest names in sport, including South African Gary Player, was shared by the
Golf Channel in the lead up to the tournament.
Watch: Conor Moore impersonates Gary Player and others
Rory McIlroy also gets the impressionist treatment. The Irishman will begin his quest to complete a career Grand Slam when the tournament kicks off.
The atmosphere might not rival the serene, almost spiritual
ambience that McIlroy experienced during a non-tournament week at the fabled
course, but it certainly harks back to a more dignified – and less digitized –
age in sports and life.
“It’s pure golf,” said four-time Masters champion
Tiger Woods – the player most bedevilled by boisterous fans who at most venues
these days are so busy snapping selfies they barely have time to watch him hit
Woods’ wardrobe has been making waves with the golfing legend sporting his signature ‘mock turtle’ shirts, the outfit
Augusta’s “patrons” encouraged, if not required,
to act with decorum outside the ropes, the throng of media that follows him is
not allowed inside.
“Some of the events, like the Open Championship – because the golf courses are so old that there’s not a lot of room – there’s sometimes 75 to 100 people inside the ropes following us,” Woods said. “That gets a little distracting and it gets a little difficult at times.
“Here, it’s just us playing and you see some of the greatest golf you’ve ever seen here. I think that’s one of the reasons why.”
Mobile phones are prohibited, with those breaking the rule
escorted off the grounds.