One of the interesting things about The Masters is the coverage that the PGA gets every year. And that starts on Day 1 when the players start their practice sessions.
The biggest names receiving the most attention on the opening day of the practice rounds were Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. The two were joined by Tom Kim and legendary golfer Fred Couples and the four decided to keep the tradition alive in Augusta.
Skip a ball through the water at 16.
One of the many Masters traditions: jumping shots across the water on the par-3 16.
Here are Tom Kim, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Fred Couples on Monday:pic.twitter.com/4ROwFoFqHq
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While the group received plenty of applause as they walked among the fans, they had some competition for the loudest roar of the day (sorry, Tiger).
The loudest roar was from Sepp Straka, who won the 12th hole on Monday.
I know that I know. Someone once said, “We’re talking about practicing…” so there may be several of you who may think that the clip is not a big deal. But golf is golf and that it was a shot
Also notable were the LIV golfers who made their appearance at Monday’s practices in Augusta. There was nothing to write home about. In fact, it seemed to be business as usual, more or less.
Several golfers wore their Team LIV jerseys, including former Masters champion Dustin Johnson, who wore his Team 4Aces jersey in Carolina blue colors and spoke to the media after Monday’s practice round.
“For me is the same. All my friends are still my friends, and we play, and it’s still golf. So it doesn’t matter where you play.” Johnson said about how he felt playing for LIV and facing his former PGA teammates. “I still play golf for a living. I’m here at the Masters and enjoying this week. This week it’s all about Augusta.”
We’ll have to wait and see if anything evolves as the week progresses.