CBS' Jim Nantz refers to it as "a tradition unlike any other."
And he's right.
The 2011 Masters Tournament tees off today in Augusta, Ga., with golf legends and honorary starters Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer taking the first swings. The two have won 10 total green jackets, a prize given to the winner each year.
The tournament is the first of four majors on the PGA Tour annually, and the only one always held at the same location: the famed Augusta National Golf Club.
It's rumored HDTV was first invented solely for the fans to watch the Masters. I like to believe that anyway.
The storylines are aplenty, much like they are every year. The biggest this year centers around Tiger Woods.
Woods has not been the same golfer since his off-the-course problems became national news in November 2009. He hasn't won a tournament since September of that year and is currently in the longest drought of his career.
Woods currently sits seventh in the world golf rankings, the lowest since the week before the Masters in 1997. It was then when Woods blew away the field and won the tournament by 12 stokes, shooting a record 18-under-par 270.
It was the first of Woods' four green jackets, tied with Palmer for second all-time. His most recent Masters victory came in 2005, defeating Chris DiMarco in a playoff. His chip-in for birdie on the 16th hole will go down as one of the greatest golf shots in history. Check it out on YouTube.
This weekend would be a good time for Woods to come out of his slump. He doesn't even have to win, he — in his Sunday red — just needs to be in contention in the final round.
Much like how women's basketball needs Tennessee and Connecticut to renew their rivalry, golf needs Woods to post top-5 and top-10 finishes.
And this weekend he could do it on golf's grandest stage.
But if he is to do so, he must navigate through a field full of potential winners.
Defending Masters champion Phil Mickelson is looking to win his fourth green jacket in eight years.
Europeans Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell are all ranked in the top five in the world, and any of the four could be celebrating late Sunday afternoon.
Long hitters, like former Georgia standout Bubba Watson, always have an advantage at Augusta, given the course's short par 5s.
And veterans like Ernie Els, Jim Furyk and Padraig Harrington tend to be in contention in major tournaments.
In the end though, it doesn't matter who wins.
It's just time to sit back and relax for four days and watch golf in its finest form: the Masters at Augusta National.