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There’s a whole world out there. In the heat of the semester at Hillsdale, it can be easy to forget that. But while we are lost in our study of the western tra­dition, a ded­i­cated group of people from across the world look to Augusta, Georgia, and get lost in “a tra­dition unlike any other.”

The first week in April, every golfer knows, is appro­pri­ately called “Masters Week.” For those of us who aren’t for­tunate enough to spend this week in Augusta, this looks a lot like the hys­teria caused by the first few rounds of March Madness.The golfers among us will end­lessly stream footage on their phones and laptops, scroll through the leader­board, and become enchanted once more by green jackets and greener fairways.

Every sport has its heroes, and golf is no dif­ferent. This April, Tiger Woods makes his return to the Masters after missing the last two due to injury. The four-time Masters champion is in good form leading up to the event, fin­ishing tied for fifth at 10-under par at the Arnold Palmer Invi­ta­tional in March and a tied-second 9-under par the week prior at the Valspar Cham­pi­onship.

Also drawing attention, Rory McIlroy aims to com­plete a career grand slam by winning the Masters. Having won the other three major cham­pi­onships in his suc­cessful career, this one remains elusive, ever since having his best chance at victory slip away on the back nine in 2012. McIlroy won the Arnold Palmer Invi­ta­tional at 18-under par, and will likely have a strong finish this year at Augusta.

For some, however,  the best part of the Masters is the lack of pre­dictability. The favorites rarely win com­fortably. Inevitably, someone the com­men­tators didn’t expect to do well shows up in the final few pairings on Sat­urday and Sunday. Every­thing that happens seems to be his­torical in some way.

The first round of play begins Thursday morning, April 5, and con­cludes on Sunday, April 8. Watch it on CBS or streamed from on someone’s phone in class.