The Masters Golf Championship - Cloze

Activity set by: Peter Wilson Clarke

First, do these activities: Verbs Vocabulary and Other Vocabulary. Then, do this cloze. Listen to the recordings if necessary: MP3 (slow) and MP3 (normal). Fill in all the gaps with the missing words, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Click the this button again for another letter. Note that you will lose points if you ask for clues! Finally, do the Quiz.

Primero, haz la actividad de vocabulario. Escucha la grabación si es necesario. Rellena los espacios en blanco con las palabras que faltan. Haz click en "Check" para comprobar tus aciertos. Si te resulta difícil la respuesta utiliza el botón "Hint" y te revelará una letra de la casilla en la que te encuentres, puedes clickear varias veces en "Hint" y te dará cada vez una letra más de la palabra. Para obtener ayuda también puedes clickear en el botón "[?]" y te dará una pista. Perderás puntos con las pistas.

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The Masters Golf Championship

When Bobby Jones, the great American of the 1920s, first saw the land near his home town of Augusta, Georgia in the USA he knew he had found just the he had been looking for.

That was in 1931. By then, Jones himself was already a living . He was always an amateur, never playing for cash prizes that many of his desired. But he could and did compete with the professionals of his day. Only the year before, in 1930 he won, in a single year, the 4 most important international golf trophies of the time; the U.S. and British Opens as well as the U.S. and British Amateurs. He had nothing left to to the golfing world. So at the tender age of 28 he retired from competitive golf.

But he had one more dream to and that dream was Augusta. His dream was to create a new golf course where the players would be invited to compete for the title of "Master Golfer".“Who is the best of the best?” was the question he wanted to answer.

To make his dream a reality he first had to build his course. For this he the help of a business partner, Clifford Roberts, and from the best golf architect of the time, Alister MacKenzie. Although of Scottish parents, MacKenzie was born in England, in the city of Leeds. As well as Augusta, he designed some of the world’s best golf courses such as Royal Melbourne in Australia and Cypress Point in California.

After two years of careful construction, the course was ready for play in 1933. , it wasn’t until 1934 that the first Masters was played. That was won by the American professional, Horton Smith. In the following year another American, Gene Sarazen, caused a sensation in the golfing world by completing the 15th hole in just two when the par for the hole is five. He hit his second shot directly into the hole from a distance of over 200 metres, being enough to attempt the carry across a big lake which the green. As a result, he went on to win the title that year. The Masters has continued every year since, apart from a short because of World War 2. Today it is regarded as one of the four “Majors” together with the Opens of the UK and USA and the US PGA championship. Each year brings its own drama, especially on the last and fourth day of competition, Sunday. Many golfing pundits claim that the “real” competition does not begin until the last nine holes on Sunday when the pressure grows and only the mentally strong can it.

The famous American golfer, Jack Nicklaus, holds the for the most victories with six. But Americans have not totally dominated the tournament. Many European winners have enjoyed the pleasure of wearing the traditional green jacket which is presented to the winner each year by the previous year’s winner. And what of Spanish winners? The , great Seve Ballesteros won twice and the 2012 Ryder Cup captain, José Maria Olazábal also has two green jackets in his in the clubhouse. Will Sergio Garcia be able to equal them?