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The US Masters, officially known as the Masters Tournament and sometimes referred to as just The Masters is one of the four major championships in the US PGA Tour of professional golf and is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the golfing calendar. The tournament tees off in the first week of April every year and is usually the first major championship of the season.
Unlike the other major tournaments in the calendar, the Masters usually takes place at the same venue each year, at the Augusta National Golf Club which is a private golf club in the city of Augusta in Georgia, United States of America. Started by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, The Masters has gone on to become a pioneering golf tournament. Jones had a lot of input in designing the course where the tournament is still held to date along with the main architect of the course, Alister McKenzie.
The US Masters is an official tournament in the money event of the US PGA Tour, the Japan Golf Tour as well as the European Tour. Moreover, the field of players taking part in this event is also smaller compared to the other major championships because the event is an invitational tournament with the invitations being sent out by the Augusta National Golf Club.
There are a lot of traditions that the event upholds with the awarding of the Green Jacket to the winner being one of the prime ones. The winner must return the jacket to the club house one year to the day after winning the title at the US Masters. Ben Hogan inaugurated the champions’ dinner in 1952 and is also another tradition that has been upheld by the organizers of the event with much dignity since its inceptions all those years back.
Martin Kaymer was born on 28 December 1984, in Dusseldorf, West Germany. He is now a professional golfer representing Germany. He started playing at a professional lever in 2005. He currently has a membership of the European tour. He achieved victory in 10 of the tournaments, including the 4 in 2010 to win the Race to Dubai for the first time. He became the second German to win a major championship by winning the 2010 PGA championship. In 2011 he became the 10th player in the world to have won a major championship and a world golf championship event by winning the 2011 WGC-HSBC Championships.
Martin Kaymer failed to make the cut in the first five events of the season though his debut was on the 2007 European tour. At the Singapore Masters Kaymer made his first cut by finishing in a tie for the 20th place. Once in Europe he found success again. At the Madiera Island Open he finished 15th. In the Portuguese open, he finished in a tie for the 3rd position. He signed with a Sweden based sports company on 2nd November of the same year. His streak of success continued and helped him sail through 2008-09, the Abu-Dhabi Golf Championship, BMW International Open, Barclay’s Scottish Open to name a few.
In 2010 he won his first PGA Championship by defeating Ian Poulter. On 15 August 2010 he won the PGA Championship at the Whistling Straits. At the end of the year he was awarded the Tour Golfer of the Year award, jointedly with Greame McDowell. In 2011 Martin Kaymer went on to become the rank 1 player according to the official world golf rankings following his WGC-HSBC Championship victory. However he lost his rank to Westwood after staying for just 8 weeks. In 2013 he decided to join the PGA tour for 2013.