Ask anyone in this year's field: they all remember their first ever Masters appearance. Ted Purdy is no exception. A year ago he made his masters debut. What a crazy week it was.
"We played 36 holes in Atlanta on Monday so I didn't get to Augusta early enough I didn't think," Purdy says. "Then we had all the rain delays and I was the first tee time on Thursday morning and I got to the course at 6am...I didn't think I teed off till 3:30 or 4 pm."
Welcome to Augusta, Ted Purdy. Unfortunately the stay didn't last long, with Purdy missing the cut. Now he's ready for the return trip.
"It's a cathedral of golf, it's a great place. I can't wait to come back this year," Purdy says.
Anyone who idolizes Jimmy Buffett and claims his mom and grandfather started his golfing career when in diapers...well, he's probably a guy you'd like to hang out with. 2005 was a breakout year for Purdy--over $2 million in earnings and a win at the Byron Nelson. He also matured as a player quite a bit.
"I think the smarter you get, the older you get, the less concerned you are with making birdies or bogeys. And the birdies are fun, but they don't get you too excited. Because of the near misses I was trying so hard to win and was having difficulty getting into position to win and breaking through. The Byron Nelson was just a dream come true," Purdy says.
Now he's dreaming of winning a major.
"Now I think to make my place in golf I need to play well in the majors and start contending in the bigger tournaments."