It just gets better - my second day at The Masters

Tuesday at Augusta... I could get used to this...

I’ve been looking forward to this trip for over a year, I’m visiting a tournament I’ve wanted to experience for all of my golfing life and it is not only living up to my high expectations, its exceeding them.

Having spent most of yesterday experiencing the roars of Amen Corner, today I got an intimate view of the 8th hole, a long par-5 measuring 580 yards. Which for us mere mortals would be a solid 3 shotter but time after time the pros hit, high, towering tee-shots which bought the green into range, this despite the overnight rain giving Augusta National’s 7,400 yard layout an extra defence against the long bombers who are expected to challenge.

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A Tiger causes a Masters Whisper

One of the golfers I got to see today was the man taking a lot of attention away from Rory this week. When news spread that a Tiger was spotted on the front nine, the crowds began to swell. The excitement Woods brings to an event is something you can almost feel in the air. His popularity amongst the Patrons is clear to see and there are certainly more than a foursome who expect him to play well this week. Tiger was playing alongside long time friend and former Masters Champion, Mark O’Meara, he appears to be comfortable and ready to mount a challenge this week. He looks more than happy with his swing and have to say he looks a bit leaner than I’ve seen recently, whilst I’m not sure if that helps his technique or not but if it sees him play well this week the Patrons will be happy.

Lunch - Pimento Cheese please...

After watching a host of the world’s very best take on the course today, I felt it only right that I experience a few of Augusta’s famous culinary delights from the Concession Stands which are found on the course. Now I won’t be the first to say this but it is important to say, the food and drink here is incredible value for money. Forget your football pie and a pint for £10, think fresh sandwiches (from $1.50) and (I hope my boss isn’t reading this) a beer for $3. On my plate today was a Masters must have, a Pimento Cheese. This sandwich is, for many Patrons, as synonymous with Augusta as the Green Jacket. I loved it. Probably a 9 out of 10. The one for me though is the Grilled Chicken. A slightly more expensive number at $3 but possibly the best snack I’ve had at a golfing event.

The Masters Buzz has started...

One thing I certainly got to experience and enjoy today was the Masters Buzz. This Buzz is generated by the Patrons. A rumour here, a sighting there, we all get into it.
“Tiger’s on the 4th hole”
“It’s Bubba’s year”
“Where’s Rory” – McIlroy obviously not me!
And even a gentle whisper, perhaps without a huge amount of conviction but one that most Patrons would like to see...”Tiger’s back...and he’ll win”
This really adds to the experience, there are so many things about this event which make it unique and I feel so lucky to be here and experiencing. For me, I wouldn’t change a thing, the tournament over delivers at every turn.

Rory McIlroy to have One Direction Band Member Niall Horan caddy for him in the Par-3 Tournament

  • A little bit of rain in the mid-afternoon
  • $7.50 - the total for my lunch today
  • Nice weather forecast for tomorrow - I'll pack my sun tan lotion