Andrew Gilman

The Masters: Still can’t believe it

The Masters: Still can’t believe it

Sergio won. Never thought I’d say that. Never thought see that, either.

Then again, reflecting back after a first trip to the Masters, there’s so much I thought I’d never see.

I can’t believe I saw:

A golf course that felt like I was standing in the middle of a painting. If you’ve been there, you know. If you’ve only watched on TV, I’m sorry.

Lunch, including beer, that cost $5. It’s true. Bring $20 and you have plenty of money and you can easily get through the day.

The most-difficult 150 (ish)-yard shot in the world. Hey, even you and me can hit the green from 150 yards. Lots of courses have water, lots of courses have sand and Augusta’s No. 12 has both. So, what makes it so hard? Well, it’s the wind. Or lack of wind. Or the issue that the flag doesn’t seem to be moving, but above the tall pines, it swirls. Whatever it looks like or feels like, the players clearly aren’t comfortable. It’s a weird sight seeing the best golfers in the world confused, step away from the ball and then try to figure it out. An iconic golf hole, for sure.

Bathroom lines that look like it would take an hour. Instead, it took 5 minutes. Tops. Every time. “This isn’t the U.S. Open,” one attendant said to a patron wondering why everything was running so smoothly. That attendant was right. This was was some masterful efficiency.

The amazing undulation of the fairways and the greens. How downhill No. 10 is. How uphill No. 18 is. Stuff you can’t see on TV but you can appreciate once you start walking the course.

Things I’d like to see next time: 

Rickie Fowler hitting meaningful shots on the inward nine on Sunday. Thought we might get that this year. So close.

A hole-in-one on No. 16. Matt Kuchar did it Sunday. Wish I was able to have seen that.

Jack and Gary off the No. 1 tee. Better than a first pitch at Fenway Park.

A pimento cheese sandwich. Didn’t have the guts to try it this year. Maybe next time.

Tiger Woods teeing it up. Wouldn’t that be something?

The Green Jacket ceremony. It would be like LeBron James handing the trophy to Steph Curry after Game 7 or Nick Saban and his quarterback on stage congratulating Clemson’s star running back. You just don’t see anything like it. Perhaps, the first skate with the Stanley Cup is a better celebration, but putting on that jacket right there on the practice putting green is pretty special.

Things I’ll never see:

The bottom of any cup on any of the 18 holes. You’d have to play the course for that kind of view.

 

 

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