The biggest difference here at Augusta National on moving in day, the new practice area behind me. 350-400 yards long, no need for a net anymore. Seating for 500 patrons to watch the guys warm up. It is a pretty impressive facility to say the least. Just part of moving in day at Augusta National
"I think it's awesome" said Craig Stadler "You have a lot more targets to hit at, short, middle, long. You really didn't have it over there (the old range), you only had three greens. Nice."
Yup, everybody's impressed with the new practice facility at The National. But as always everyone's impressed with the time and effort goes into the place. From the pruning of the trees, to the painting of the curbs, to the sprucing up of the petunias. This is Augusta National and The Masters.
"It's a wonderful time of year" said Tom Watson "The colors, the brush of color here at Augusta is probably the most poignant thing about the hole place."
Doesn't matter if you're a Masters veteran like Tom Watson or a former champ. This place is and always will be a special place of real estate.
"It's hard to explain" said Mark O'Meara "Even like they say, you watch things on TV it doesn't do it justice, well certainly the ability to come back to Augusta is a dream come true to me."
For A.S.U. product Oliver Wilson, this marks Masters number two. He readily admits he's more prepared this year than last.
"Last year didn't go according to plan but I feel like my game is in much better shape then last year" said Oliver Wilson "I'm more equipped for the test."
Of course there's been Tiger talk already and that's not going away anytime soon.