The reminders you notice on a long drive from Atlanta to Augusta, Ga., when you are reminded constantly.
I will try and update a little bit about my daily Masters journey: Like this morning, when I was up at my downtown hotel at 4:45 a.m. EDT for the two-and-a-half-hour drive to Augusta National Golf Club.
And the three signs I noticed throughout the 130-mile drive on Hwy. 20 eastbound:
* This IS Carl Sanders Highway.
* The MINIMUM speed limit is 40 mph (must be a non-Northwest thing).
* Littering on the highway is an automatic $1,200 ticket.
A thunderstorm moved through the area very early this morning, and drenched the golf course so thoroughly that Masters officials delayed the opening a good half-hour for the public.
That caused a significant backup on the highway exits; so badly I went past Augusta, turned around and went a back route that I repeated a few times in previous Masters trips.
My main priority this week is to follow Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley around at his first Masters. His father sent me a text message this morning to say he will arrive at the course at around noon local time – 9 a.m. PDT for practice, possibly playing nine holes before he tackles the Par-3 Contest.
As soon as I talk to him afterward, I will post some of his thoughts heading into the first round Thursday. He tees off at 9:18 a.m. EDT with Jason Day and Bill Haas.
By the way, here are a few links of worthy reads:
* Stanley has endured a huge learning curve in the past few months – but a good one, as detailed in my story this morning.
* The hometown Augusta Chronicle does a fantastic job covering the biggest event that comes to town. All must-read links to this one main link.
* Ever make your dog do this? Hilarious tale of Masters tickets being eaten by man’s best friend.