Notes A Treat for Oberholser Local Knowledge

By Associated PressApril 3, 2006, 4:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Arron Oberholser was in no rush Monday as leaned against his locker, soaking up the atmosphere of Augusta National. This is his first Masters, an invitation made possible by his inaugural PGA Tour victory at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
'This is unlike any tournament I've been to in my life,' he gushed. 'Everything is understated. Nothing is grandiose. You're not treated like you're bigger than you are. They treat this like a golf tournament.'
Making this week even sweeter is his guest list.
Joining him at his Masters debut is his 84-year-old grandfather, Bill Oberholser.
'He has been watching this on television ever since television was invented,' Oberholser said. 'He's here for the first time, and it's a big thrill for him. And it's a big thrill for me, being able to provide that.'
Charles Howell III knows what to expect at Augusta National, and not because he grew up 5 miles away.
Once a player becomes eligible for the Masters, he can play the course with a member before the tournament. Howell qualified by finishing in the top 40 on the PGA Tour money list last year, and he has been a regular since November.
'I played four times over Thanksgiving. Over Christmas, I played seven or eight more,' he said Monday. 'I may be the reason that rule gets revoked for everybody.'
Howell's caddie is Jimmie Johnson, who previously worked for Nick Price. And Howell usually has a local caddie when he plays, trying to learn the nuances of a course that is loaded with them.
'They always seem to know something,' Howell said. 'They always show me a new putt or two. You can't explain it with grain, you can't explain it with break, you can't explain it with slope. Balls out here just do things that they can't do.'
Augusta National continues to buy up land around the club to accommodate a world-class practice facility and create parking lots for those who come to the Masters.
Golf World magazine studied real estate records and reported in this week's issue that the club has purchased 53 lots for $22.9 million since 1999. It said the driving range could be open by 2011. The current range is only 250 yards long, and the club has tried to keep tee shots off Washington Road by erecting a net 100 feet high at the back end of the range.
The club's plans for a new practice facility was stalled in 2003 when Martha Burk protested the lack of female members at the private club, and Masters chairman Hootie Johnson responded by dropping television sponsors for two years.
But everything is back on schedule for an expansion plan that will increase Augusta National's total land area by more than 60 acres.
How has the club been able to buy so much land?
According to the magazine, Limited Liability Corporations linked to club members are making the purchase. Golf World said the buyers offered the opportunity for sellers to stay in the home for two years without rent, and they would get two lifetime tickets to the Masters. Now, the magazine said, the LLCs are offering one year of free rent and two lifetime tickets.
For the first time, those watching the Masters on the Web can see every player take on Amen corner.
Visitors to 'Amen Corner Live' on will be able to see live action before the start of each day's television broadcast. The Webcast times will be 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
'The importance and use of the Internet continues to grow, and we think this is another service to our patrons,' club chairman Hootie Johnson said. 'The ability to see live action at Amen Corner is something very special.'
In previous years, the Masters' Web site has provide live coverage of the par-3 sixth and 12th holes, but only during practice rounds.
The fairways at the Masters will be mowed at three-eighths of an inch, while the rough will be 1 3-8s of an inch. The Masters does not disclose how fast the greens will run on the Stimpmeter ... Steve Elkington withdrew with a groin injury. The Masters does not have an alternate's list, meaning the field is 90 players.
Related Links:
  • Full Coverage - 70th Masters Tournament
    Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Getty Images

    Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

    By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

    The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

    There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

    Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

    Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

    None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

    Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

    An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

    In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

    Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

    Playing with the pros

    Tiger, DJ and Faxon

    Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

    Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

    Rory faces criticism

    Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

    Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

    President at the Presidents Cup

    Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

    Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

    Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

    Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

    Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

    Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

    Cart on the green

    Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

    Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

    Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

    Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

    Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

    Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

    Trump golf properties


    Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

    Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


    Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

    Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

    Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

    Reportedly fake TIME covers

    Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

    Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

    Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

    Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

    Pros comment on the president

    Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

    Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

    Getty Images

    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

    Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

    Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

    With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

    Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

    The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

    Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

    In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.