I remember the feeling when I first stepped onto the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Golf Tournament. I was 13 years old, and to a golf-crazed boy from Chattanooga it was the closest thing to heaven on earth.
And even now, 17 years and nearly 10 visits later, it’s still a golf experience like none-other. Monday was my first time back in about 5 years. The weather was perfect, the course was extraordinary, and it was an all around great day.
Monday through Wednesday are the practice rounds, where the participants show up to practice for the tournament that takes place Thursday through Sunday, where they compete for the most coveted prize in golf.
Of course the best part about the practice rounds is that they allow cameras.
Former US Open Champion and #2 ranked golfer in the world, Jim Furyk
Another former US Open Champion, Retief Goosen, from South Africa
Augusta National's famous tall pines
Tiger's tee shot on the par 3 sixth
Tiger chips to the par 5 8th
Tiger's approach to the green on #9
Tiger teeing off on #17
Marching toward a 5th green jacket???