Tuesday April 2, 2012
Augusta, Ga--If there's a guy in the Masters field that everyone should be able to cheer for, it's Harrison Frazar. Coming to the masters for the first time, it's been quite awhile since the 40-year-old's been a rookie at anything, and there's something particularly special about his story.
After injuries, surgeries and bad luck, Frazar was ready to give up the game last may without a single tour win. He took some time off, regrouped and came back to win the st. Jude classic, sending him to augusta. For him, his family was the key to the turnaround.
"They reached a point where they could see I was really struggling and couldn't see a light at the end of the tunnel, so they relieved the pressure and said, 'We love you, and whatever you decide to do we're onboard with.' So, ya know, now we're all happy it's worked out the way it has."
Playing Augusta National can test the nerves of the most hardened veteran, so you can imagine the butterflies the 40-year-old had during his first practice round there. Needless to say, he's ready to soak up this experience.
"I've never been so nervous on the first tee shot of a practice round just out by myself, but it's a really special place, and it's deserving of all the awe and all the respect that it gets. I'm just proud to be a part of it."
With a win now and a trip to Augusta, Frazar's re-dedicated to golf. His new goal is to be in the world top 50 by the end of the year.