THE waiting is over and the Masters has arrived.
First played in 1934, the tournament has established itself as the most eagerly awaited of the four Majors.
That's certainly the case among those who don't normally watch golf on television. Its the only Major to be played at the same venue every year and in this instance familiarity breeds adulation, not contempt.
Never mind the golf, the backdrop is stunning. For those of us in the northern hemisphere coming out of cold, inhospitable winters it is also a reminder that summer is around the corner.
That's not to say that the Masters is above criticism.
The tournament may be the punters' favourite, but that's certainly not the case for the purists.
On this side of the Atlantic the aficionados plump for the Open Championship, the oldest in golf.
On the other side of the pond the cognoscenti can't see beyond the US Open.
But if there is one person outwith the PGA of America whose favourite Major is the US PGA Championship I've yet to meet him or her.
So what's the criticism of the Masters?
It is, quite simply from my perspective, the lack of depth in the field compared to the other three Majors.
Things have improved from recent times when former champions even older than the Devel's Advocate were regular participants.
But even so, unlike the Open and the US Open there are just 89 players in the field – which means that a hell of a lot of good pros are missing out on the opportunity to win a Major.
The opposite view, of course, is that only the cream (and reasonably competitive former champions) play at Augusta National.
There will be no Tiger Woods this year, but I don't think I can ever remember a Masters when so many of the world's top ten players were in form at the same time.
Nor when so many had genuine chances of being eased into the famous Green Jacket on Sunday night.
Heavy rain in Georgia is likely to lengthen the course but make the greens more receptive.
Despite this, Augusta National has always been a classic horses-for-courses layout. The same players inevitably do well.
Sit back and enjoy.
The Devel's Advocate is our resident golf blogger. With long experience of covering golf there aren't many issues he doesn't have an opinion on!