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Deep thoughts, Masters edition

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  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the 17th hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

      Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the 17th hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

 
 

A tradition unlike any other:

Sandwich, beverage and decked out from head to toe in Rickie Fowler orange.

That, my friends, is truly a tradition unlike any other.

But seriously:

From Augusta National's eye-popping beauty to its respectful galleries to the impressive list of past champions to the intrigue of who might join them this year, the Masters truly is a tradition unlike any other.

And I, for one, can't wait.

Plus:

We actually get to see what spring might look like one day.

Not a misprint:

It's been eight years since Tiger's last Masters victory.

Eight. Years.

But if you believe all the experts, the streak will not reach nine.

Question:

How great was it to see Palmer, Nicklaus and Player making their way around Augusta during Wednesday's Par-3 tournament?

I'll answer that: super great.

Soak it in while you can.

What you don't want to hear from your favorite player:

"I'm starting to feel a little bit more comfortable here, but there's still a few things I haven't figured out ... you know, feeling a little overwhelmed about this place at times. There's been some issues, not only physically, but I think mentally here, as well."

-- Steve Stricker

All about the drive:

The road leading up to Augusta National reminds me of Rand Road, circa 1981 -- sans the Waffle Houses.

Dreaming of Sunday:

I know everyone wants it to be the Tiger, Rory and Phil Show on the back nine Sunday, and maybe it will be, but personally I'm thinking there will be a Justin and a Brandt added to the mix.

And while we're at it, why not a Donald, a Points, a Streelman and a Wilson for some nice local flavor?

Either way, one final word:

Enjoy!

mspellman@dailyherald.com

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