My First Time At Augusta National

Celebrities and PGA Tour players discuss their first trip to Augusta National, and what makes it the most revered venue in golf.

Released on 3/30/2016

Transcript

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(mellow instrumental music)
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I remember thinking wow, died and gone to heaven.
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There's so many people I knew who loved golf
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and idolized golf.
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What they would pay to be in that position
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and what they would give to have that opportunity
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to stand there and just look out there.
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The Masters is like Wimbleton, it's like Yankees Stadium,
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it's like Toronto Make Believe Gardens
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of the Montreal Forum.
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There's something so unique about it.
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When you're coming up the road to the clubhouse.
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[Wayne] Magnolia Lane.
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Oh my God, it's just incredible.
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And the grass is greener, the fairways are bigger.
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You come off Washington which doesn't really
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feel like you're about to drive into the prettiest
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place in the world.
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And then Magnolia Lane is the prettiest driveway
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in the world.
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It is amazing, framing this tiny little bit
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of this white clubhouse that we kind of know
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so well at the end.
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You get these little glimpses, these little kind of walkways
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through the gaps between the buildings and stuff.
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And you kind of see some grass and you see some trees.
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I just remember locker room straight to the windows
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and just seeing over it.
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I just stared at it for like 10 minutes I think.
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It was a pretty cool experience.
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Scared to take a divot on the first few holes.
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Pretty normal stories, I think, for most guys.
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Augusta National is really my favorite golf course
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on the planet.
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The formality of the place.
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At first you feel like it's a little standoff-ish.
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It's kind of like that strict disciplinarian teacher
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that you had that at first you were so afraid of him,
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but then they turned out to be your favorite teacher
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over all the years.
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That's kind of the way I look at Augusta National Golf Club.
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You're never gonna have the same round.
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It's the most diabolically incredible ingenious,
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I mean it's beauty.
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First time was whenever I was playing
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at University of Georgia.
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I'll never forget stepping up on the tee
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and I was the first one to hit, shaking in my boots.
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I just kind of toe kind of push drew into the fairway.
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I was like all right, we got the first fair,
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we're on the row.
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Guy I'm playing with, he steps up and he hits this drive,
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he hits it so low and off the heel it doesn't get
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five feet off the ground and almost hits the thing
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that sticks up with the pencils and everything in it.
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It comes literally within a foot of hitting that
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and ends up almost in the scoreboard to the right.
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It was one of the worst shots I have ever seen in my life.
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It kind of loosened up the day and lightened
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everything up and we had a great time.
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But I'll never forget stepping up there the first time
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I ever played in my first round actually
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as a professional knowing that I'm playing.
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That Monday was just something else
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to step up on those grounds.
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There's so much history, but it's one of those events
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that when you actually get to play it,
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it's a dream come true.
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I got the call that Mr. Chirkinian needed me
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in Augusta in 36 hours.
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The camera crew had missed a connection,
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they were gonna be delayed.
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Frank said, well there's only one thing you can do now.
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You're gonna go out and play 'til they get here.
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I said, well Frank I'm in a jacket and a tie.
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Next thing you know I'm on the first tee.
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No warm up, no time to lose sleep the night before
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about hitting that first shot.
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And I was having the time of my life.
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Next thing you know, we were standing in front
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of the 16th hole and I'm reciting the line,
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It's a tradition unlike any other, the Masters on CBS.
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It's a great honor to have people think
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that you're associated with not only Augusta,
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but with that line.
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(upbeat instrumental music)
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