PGATOUR.com Writer Larry Dorman is in Augusta, Georgia this week for the 76th Masters Tournament. There is a real electricity in the air on the first day of Masters Week when the patrons walk into Augusta National to begin walking the course and watching the practice rounds. Everyone is very happy and excited to be there.
Dorman’s ritual is to walk to the 10th tee and then walk down to the 11th hole and over to Amen Corner. Because the images are so familiar it is very easy to bring back memories of past Masters and past experiences which is very special.
In the Media Center, the Augusta National Golf Club placed a bucket hat over the microphone on the desk of the late Furman Bisher. Bisher covered well over 50 Masters Tournaments and he was a craftsman in the way he wrote about the Tournament for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. He will be missed along with the late Jim Huber who always brought a unique perspective to his coverage of The Masters.
Dorman said that while Masters rookies typically do not contend in their first years at Augusta National, he said that he would not be surprised to see Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, or Kyle Stanley contend this week. He added that he would also not be surprised to see all three contend this week.
Something that he enjoys about The Masters that may not be well-known among most patrons is the experience of standing under the old Oak tree near the Clubhouse and watching the large leaderboard at 18 while listening to the roars coming from all over the course in response to great shots.