There are 19 guys who will tee it up for the first time at the masters one week from today. A handful of them are amateurs. 13 others pick up a paycheck after a tournament. Ross Fisher of England falls into that category. Even being a pro, there's still an awe factor associated with the National.
"You get to drive up Magnolia (Lane) and you get into the clubhouse and you get greeted by the guys in the pro shop, guys in the locker room, it's just a special place." said Masters rookie Ross Fisher "I knew it was going to be special but at the same time it probably was even more special then I anticipated."
It's safe to say Ross Fisher isn't alone in the wow factor of playing in their first Masters.
"To get the invitation was obviously something you always dream about" added Fisher.
Fisher plays in Europe and won the 2008 European Open by a staggering seven shots over Sergio Garcia. But now, having a taste of playing in the states, he'd love to play on the PGA Tour. He's already played in the World Match Play Championship earlier this year, finishing third.
"Europe is where I've grown up and learned my golf but you know this is where the bigger and better fields are. This is where all the world ranking points are and you play on a number of different golf courses week in and week out."
Fisher has managed to sneak in a few practice rounds at The National. He was also pretty smart about it b y hiring a local caddy to show him the lay of the land so to speak.
Ross added "He showed us where some pin placements might be, where they've been in previous years. He told us the local knowledge of which way the grain goes and which way it breaks. Which putts are slow, which putts are quick."
Fisher is hoping those notes will pay off with a memorable on course experience that lasts all week long.