April 8, 2009
AUGUSTA---A final round of practice for players and sunny skies for the patron favorite, the Par 3 Tournament. It's Masters Wednesday in Augusta.
With the wind down, it's a much more pleasant day to watch golf. It was absolutely beautiful out on the course at midday. The sun was shining and it was warm enough that jackets might not even have been necessary.
The patrons were out in full force starting at 8:30 this morning, and for good reason: some of the biggest names in golf were out getting their final prep for the Tournament.
Camilo Villegas and teen phenom Ryo Ishikawa played together on the front nine. So did Geoff Ogilvy, Paul Casey and Luke Donald. But the biggest gallery was around none other than Tiger Woods. Tiger teed off right before 9 o'clock, playing alongside Bubba Watson and Robert Karlsson.
Plenty of patrons were watching as Woods continued work on his short game, which is critical to get a win at the Masters. The atmosphere around any hole Tiger's on is just electric. While Masters rookies are in awe of how he can handle such a situation, Tiger just takes it all in stride.
"I think you just become accustomed to it," he said. "It's been like this for awhile. To be honest with you, it is what it is. This Tournament moreso than any other, it's easy to prepare for."
Tiger finished up his practice round around noon. He won't be playing in the Par 3 Tournament, but plenty of other players will, as well as lots of kids, in one of the many great Masters traditions.