It's a tradition unlike any other.
A MA firefighter is trading in his axe this week for a set of golf clubs and the luscious green fairways of Augusta National.
It's the first time since 2015 - the last time Woods played - that prices have gone over $6,000.
What is your tweet-length prediction for the 2018 Masters?
A residential community once bordering Augusta National is now a free parking lot after the club, in a bid to accommodate patrons for the one week each year that it hosts the Masters, enticed homeowners with prices that were too good to turn down.
Defending champion Sergio Garcia says "eight to 10 players" have a chance to win this week, but Rahm, the No. 3-ranked player in the world, believes that number is much higher because Augusta National is a course that "allows any kind of player" to win, he said.
Eric Heubusch: Tiger Woods will get twice the television airtime as whoever wins, barring el Tigre himself takes it.
Is the Tiger Woods hype worth it?
For the past 60 years, the Masters has been aired on CBS, but the first and final rounds been shown on TV only in recent years. He yanked the 3-wood left and he'll be hitting from the pine needles.
Only previous year, Woods said he had trouble just sitting through the dinner at the Masters Club of past champions because of pain from his lower back shooting down his legs.
The "Tiger is back" argument from a golfing standpoint is tiresome though.
"I've been at every single event Tiger has played since my inception".
For most of their careers they've been the biggest names in golf: Spieth, McIlroy, Johnson, Day. Twitter hadn't even been invented yet! McIlroy is taking his fourth crack at completing the career grand slam, needing a victory here. Woods and Mickelson have been longtime rivals, rarely friends and hardly ever partners.
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Creator Of NYPD Blue, Steven Bochco, Dies At 74
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Yankees lose to Blue Jays on Justin Smoak's 8th-inning grand slam
Toronto will close out its seven-game homestand with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox starting Monday night. Roberto Osuna pitched a flawless ninth inning for Toronto, and the Blue Jays picked up their first win of the season.
About a week earlier, I heard that Tiger would be competing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, an annual PGA Tour stop in Orlando. Think of it as a recruiting tool.
When Woods was at his peak, he grinded better than anyone else.
Dustin Johnson watches his drive on the sixth hole during round-robin play at the Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament, Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Austin, Texas. We all love redemption stories, and everyone is waiting to see if Woods can win another major.
Birdies at 14 and 16, the latter producing the loudest roars directed at Woods all day, took him to one over.
It remains to be seen what fans can expect from Woods this week.
What would you do with the $11 million if you won the Masters?
"I think there's a lot of players, a lot of top quality players, young and old, that are playing their best golf", agreed Mickelson, who is playing in his 23rd Masters.
"I feel this is the most anticipated Masters in my lifetime, really, unless there's one that I missed in the '60s or something", said Paul Azinger, the former major champion who now is an analyst for Fox Sports. His first big announcement was that the club would host a women's amateur event the week before the Masters.
How lucky is announcer Jim Nantz?
Kevin Krest is the author of the entertaining PK Frazier series of sports suspense novels and the co-host of the weekly "The Cold Hard Truth: On Sports" broadcast.
Heubusch: Not as lucky as Tony Romo. There's so many people that are playing well right now.