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Early morning drive to the Masters Tournament

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on April 4, 2012 at 6:05 am with No Comments »
April 4, 2012 10:43 am

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.

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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.

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