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2014 Masters: Sights and Sounds

2014 Masters: Sights and Sounds

2014 Masters: Sights and Sounds

Augusta: A first-hand view from 2nd Swing Golf (Part 1 of 2).

Some of our 2nd Swing Golf staff are at Augusta National Golf Club this week and have a few golf-insider jottings from the 2014 Masters:

  • The course was in impeccable shape, just flawless, and the weather was gorgeous.
  • The “who’s who” in golf hanging out in front of the members clubhouse included John Solheim of PING, Nick Faldo, “Mr. 59″ Al Geiberger, Ernie Els, Craig Craig Stadler, Y.E. Yang and dozens of other players and noticeable icons from within the industry. 
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  •  Gary Woodland making a subtle verbal note letting Matt Kuchar know he was two up on him after he made a late birdie in the Par-3 Contest …seemingly implying they may have had a little match going.
  •  Jose Maria Olazabal working hard on the range late into the evening. He was one of the last players on the range.
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  • Many Tour players were buying personal-use merchandise in the sales tents. They seemed to be absorbing the whole experience, too. Many of the shoppers were first-time players at the Masters. 
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  •  The players spent a lot of time hitting to “spots” they expect pins to be in throughout the week. 
  • Amateur Oliver Goss was striping one ball after another on the range. Watch out for him. (The 19-year-old Aussie earned his spot at Augusta by coming in second to phenom Matt Fitzpatrick at the U.S. Amateur Championship last year.) 
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  • At one time, all four players in a group swung their clubs in synchronized fashion trying to skip their golf balls across the water and onto the green on Hole 16 (a Masters’ tradition). No one knocked it on, though, but the whole crowd really appreciated their efforts. 
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  •  The whole Augusta experience was first class, all the amenities and support staff for the tournament were on their “A” game. 
  •  Overall, it was so noticeable how in shape the players are now and it shows how importance fitness is to so many of them and their games. 
  • At the Par-3 Contest, you saw a different side to many Tour players. They had their spouses and kids with them in many cases. It reminds you that for them there is more to golf than just the life. Their families are very important to them, and they really seemed to enjoy the experience of having their families so involved. 
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