Apr 9, 2014; Augusta, GA, USA; Arnold Palmer greets patrons in the gallery along the 9th hole during the Par 3 Contest before the 2014 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

Happenings At Augusta: Day One At The 2014 Masters


The only place on earth that may breathe the essence of golf more than Augusta National, and The Masters is the place where it all began, St. Andrews. For us folks in the US, there is nothing that says golf more than this magical place in Northeast Georgia, and for most golfers, it is the most beautiful mecca on earth. On Thursday morning, Masters week finally got down to the business of playing the tournament.

The final tradition of Masters week is the new champion donning his new Green Jacket, the Thursday tradition is my favorite. It comes at 7:40 AM, and it is the first tee shots. It’s almost reverent when the stars of my youth hit those first shots in the early morning fog.

 

 

The one thing we know about Augusta is they will spare no expense to make the picture I see on Television, perfect. Bobby Jones mandated that all food service material like cups, and napkins were colored dark green so in case something was dropped around the golf course, you wouldn’t be able to see it on TV or film.

You have to wonder if Russell Henley thinks this view is as beautiful as we do? The Masters rookie shot a one over par on the day, and tees off on Friday tied for 27th place.

  Come on Phil, wake up. 76 on day one is your worst score ever in the opening round of the Masters, and if it doesn’t get better on Friday, it may be an early week!    


Bubba looks very much like the guy that hit the unbelievable nine iron shot at the 10th hole in 2012 to win his first Green Jacket, and first major. Bubba Watson opened with a -3 under par 69 and is tied with Adam Scott, and Louis Oosthuizen for second place.

 

 

“It’s been a long day dude!”     


Fred Couples opened with a 0ne under par 71 on Thursday. Can the 1992 Masters Champ find the magic again at age 54? Even the great Jack Nicklaus was done at 46.

 

 

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