Augusta National Golf Club

Some days demand extra gratitude Masters Thursday in 2021 is one of those days It’s one of the most special times on the calendar for all golf enthusiasts What if last year has taught us something is not to take things for granted – and being 726 days without Masters in its traditional April time slot, we will surely soak up every moment at Augusta National over the next four days.

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Reports from Augusta say the greens are as smooth as players have seen them, with minimal fairway rolling – meaning the course could play longer than usual and a lot harder than it used to be. November It will be an absolute treat

The game will start at Augusta National as usual after the first tee shots of the ceremony This year is more special than ever, as Lee Elder will join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player at 7:45 a.m.m Being invited to be on Augusta’s first tee is a validation unlike any other in golf, so having M Elder – the first black man to compete at Augusta in 1975 – on that first tee, will mean so much to so many

A ton of gratitude for so many years permeates the air at Augusta National this week

9:50 am: Dylan Frittelli finished T-5 at the Masters last November for a total of three bogeys in the week Thanks to six holes today he made four

9:35 am: Only two players in red at the moment: Hudson Swafford (-2 to 7) and Matt Jones (-1 to 6) Hopefully the course shows its teeth today

9:26 am: Poor Lyle is starting to get a morning After his seven in the fourth par 3, he bogeys the fifth and proceeds to throw and kick his club after a bad tee shot at the sixth par-3 Well “poor Lyle” as much as one can feel bad about another golfer playing at the Masters

9:22 am: Brooks Koepka is a man at ease in his skin That, or he lost a bet:

9:08 am: Oh my gosh, Sandy Lyle If you’re a family member of the 1988 Masters champion, scroll down for all the nice things we’ve said about him!

Now we have to introduce Lyle’s adventure shot tracker at the fourth hole par 3 Hossle rockets out of the bunker of the shots that hit a camera (?) in the trees We urge you to watch the cover shot by shot available in Masters app if you don’t struggle with short game yips Otherwise YES

9:01 am: Stewart Cink has a ton of experience at Augusta National – and former Georgia Tech golfer joins players for birdieing the second par 5 hole and going 1 under

The Duluth, Georgia native makes his 19th appearance at Augusta after winning the Safeway Open to start this season He holds two top-10s here, including his T-3 in 2008 A good start for him so far

Sensation 24-year-old Will Zalatoris is also on the course – and his very first Masters approach shot hit perfectly from around 10 feet away Sadly, Zalatoris’ very first birdie putt is timid despite the perfect opportunity People will be watching Willy Z and his fantastic approach play very closely this week, although we know it is difficult for a beginner to fight for one. victory

8:50 am: There are a handful of former Georgia Bulldog golfers playing at this iconic Georgia location Hudson Swafford – in the morning’s first pairing with Michael Thompson – setting the tone early, adding his second birdie of the day (now with birdies at Nos. 2 and 4) to regain the lead

Swafford netted a 7-foot birdie wait on the tough par 3 fourth hole for a fantastic start so far Thursday

Sandy Lyle just bogeyed at the third hole to cancel his birdie at No 2, so he fell back to tie early in his round

8:41 am: Hudson Swafford has company at the top of the leaderboard! Sandy Lyle and Matt Jones both birdied the second par 5 to go 1 under from the start Lyle, 63, played a fantastic third shot from 115 yards to 4 feet, checking just off hole L ‘Scotsman curled up in birdie putt to take a share of the lead at his 40th Masters This special week has already become more special for the 1988 champion

8:30 am: We have our first red number of the week: Hudson Swafford crashed into an eight-foot birdie on the second par 5 to take the lead The 2020 Corales Champion Puntacana did just one more appearance at the Masters, and his low turn is a 76 here at Augusta National

8:26 am: Sandy Lyle made his 40th Masters appearance this week and started his tournament with a par It was actually a very good score after hitting him just 263 off the tee on the right side L ‘Scotsman knows this place – and what a special week it must be for the 1988 Masters champion

In the same group, Matt Jones – who won the Honda Classic a few weeks ago – did a routine par, and Dylan Frittelli, fresh out of his T-5 last year at Augusta National, begins with a bogey after hitting his tee shot in a position similar to Lyle’s

8:14 am: The first couple, Michael Thompson and Hudson Swafford, are on the course – Thompson making an opening bogey after missing the long green, and Swafford two putting for par (but making a nice four-footer). after her first 22 foot putt came very short)

The greens seem to have fire on them – the approach from Swafford hit the front of the green and ran close to the high hole back. This should be fun!

7:44 am: One of the best traditions in golf – the first ceremonial tee shots in Augusta – has begun, and what an incredible time it is Congratulations to Augusta National for broadcasting the ceremony via Periscope, so that everyone at home can watch it

Augusta National President Fred Ridley expressed a few moving words about having Lee Elder off the tee

Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson were among the Masters contestants to get to the first tee to soak up the moment Bubba was clearly moved as Elder received a resounding applause from the patrons

RELATED: Masters 2021: We spoke to Lee Elder a few weeks ago about what it would be like to be on the first tee at Augusta National

And it turned out that Jack and Gary crossed out their first tee shots along the first fairway to complete a perfect first start celebration

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