First time players and patrons at The Masters talk the course, tournament
AUGUSTA, GA (CBS46) -
There is something about The Masters that lets you know spring has arrived. The tournament, as they say, is a tradition unlike any other. It's a place people and players aspire to get to, whether you're a patron or a player.
"I've never been to a major tournament and this is the granddaddy," Mike Rogers from Indiana said.
The Aurora of Augusta is what has golf fans clamoring for a chance to be here in person.
"We can check it off our bucket list now," Teri Tichenor from Missouri said. Her husband Jim chimed in, "It's just an extraordinarily beautiful course, well managed."
Fans enjoy the feeling they get upon arrival.
"The best golf course I've ever been on. It's so pristine. Someone told me it's so amazingly perfect, it's almost unreal and they were right," Brenda Wisely from Texas said.
Al Culbert and his buddies from Canada hit the lottery after seven years, getting practice round tickets.
"TV looks beautiful, but it's even more in real life. It's spectacular," Culbert said.
It's the prestige of the tournament and the intricacy of the course that has players vying for an invitation. This year there are a record 24 playing in their first Masters, including Yellow Jacket Roberto Castro.
"It's almost surreal. Yesterday there were a few moments where I wasn't sure if I was watching old highlights video of The Masters or really playing myself," Castro said.
University of Georgia standouts Chris Kirk and Harris English were invited to the tournament as well.
"I played a couple times when I was at Georgia, but this is a whole different ball game here, a lot more atmosphere and it's really cool," English said.
Fellow Bulldawg, Russell Henley was in their shoes just a year ago.
"My biggest thing is not wearing myself out and also not taking it too seriously," Henley said.
The Tichenor's think they players should just follow their lead.
"Relax, take deep breaths, abdominal breathing," Jim Tichenor said. Teri said, "sit down every once in a while."
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