Tuesday, April 9, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's another gorgeous day at Augusta National, and the anticipation is growing for when the tournament starts on Thursday.
Pairings for Thursday and Friday were released this morning. Click here to see pairings.
Notable tee times for Thursday include:
Patrons enjoying the sunshine on the course.
Ben Crenshaw greeting patrons as he walks down the first fairway.
Michael Thompson and Martin Laird on the practice tee.
During a pre-tournament news conference, Bubba Watson got emotional talking about how he wrapped up his son, Caleb, in his green jacket after his win last year.
Watson started tearing up and talked about how much that moment meant to him.
Watson says he and his wife played 18 holes at Augusta National on Sunday. He says Caleb will be joining him as a caddie during the Par 3 Tournament on Wednesday, but he'll probably have to be carried since he's not great at walking yet.
Many of the questions asked involved Watson's amazing shot out from the trees on the 10th hole, which led to his Masters win. While Watson says he would never ask for a plaque, he certainly wouldn't mind if one was placed in that spot.
Watson says he feels confident about this year's tournament, but he's still humble.
"I don't see that I'm a hero," Watson said.
Tiger Woods says he's ready for his 19th Masters.
"I feel comfortable with every aspect of my game. I feel that I've improved and I've got more consistent, and I think the wins show that. That's something that I'm proud of so far this year, and hopefully I can continue it this week and the rest of the year," Woods said.
Woods say she came to Augusta National for the first time in 1995 and was amazed by how "expansive" Amen Corner is.
"TV doesn't give it justice," he said.
Woods noted that life is about finding balance and that "life is better since I've had kids," calling it a "beautiful juggling act."
On Monday, Woods was paired with 14-year-old Tianlang Guan. Woods said Guan's play was "consistent."
"He asked a lot of game questions, whether it's what am I doing in my game or a strategy on the golf course, practice, playing. A lot of golf stuff. And I was asking him about school and stuff like that (laughter). What classes are you taking?" Woods said.
When asked about the additions of Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore as the first female members to the club, he says it's "fantastic" and called it "the right timing."
After his news conference, Tiger Woods teed off for his practice round.
One of the big shops where patrons can buy food and drinks.
Since cellphones are prohibited, phones are provided on the course in case you need to make a call!
Here's the famous Record Fountain.
Patrons and volunteers alike were out enjoying the course today.
Here's some photos around the 15th and 16th holes. The golfers are known to skip their balls on the water during their practice rounds.
Golfers from around the course today.