How many billions of golf forum threads titled “who is your dream foursome” are there? PGA.com did it and as well as every golf forum ever known to man. Most people put Tiger, Jack, Arnie and themselves as their dream foursome. I jokingly put myself, Anna Rawson, a witness and a justice of the peace in mine, but that is not the dream foursome I’m talking about today.
My Dream Foursome MLB Opening Day
Tomorrow I jump on a flight to Atlanta. I land at 2:10 pm. By 4:00pm I’ll be at opening day of the Major League Baseball season where the Atlanta Braves take on the Chicago Cubs. Sitting with me at the game will be the other three gentlemen in my dream foursome and the three most important and meaningful male figures in my world: my dad, my son and my all time best friend. The baseball game is just a warm up.
My Dream Foursome At Augusta National
Tuesday morning my dream foursome will be attending the Tuesday Masters practice round at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. It will by my first time there, and I was thrilled to win the ticket lottery and be able to take my dad, who I’ve enjoyed many 1000’s of rounds of golf with as well my son. My best friend (and long lost brother) Alan rounds out the list. Alan and I have been pals since the beginning of time. We were next door neighbors when we were small children.
Alan has been to the practice round so he’ll be a great tour guide. To have he and I looking at Hogan bridge, Rae’s Creek, Amen Corner, discussing Masters history and talking about Bobby Jones will be absolutely spectacular. I just can’t wait.
Tiger Woods has just announced he’ll return to professional golf at The Masters. I would have thought he’d try to get one competitive round in before that to warm himself up, likely Bay Hill.
The Masters is a perfect place for Tiger to return because of the high level of security and the strict rules enforced on the grounds at Augusta National.
Will Tiger win or contend? I sort of doubt it, but he is Tiger Woods.
Tiger’s Press Release Below
The Masters will be broadcast in 3D, for those with 3D capable computers or televisions.
I’ll be watching the Tuesday practice rounds in real 3D, AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL…
More here or here.
I just mentioned the fact that I’m GOING to Augusta for my first time next year in the last post. Last night I invited the 2nd of my three guests, my best golf pal whose name happens to be “Arnie.”
Jack Nicklaus will be joining the other “Arnie,” Mr. Palmer next year at The Masters as honorary starter.
“We are delighted and fortunate to have such a great ambassador and icon of our sport take part in this tradition. He has inspired generations of golfers and having Jack join Arnold on the first tee next April will be a special thrill for his many loyal fans around the world.” ~Masters chairman Billy Payne
Billy is right. Jack has inspired many, including me. I had the pleasure of meeting Jack a few years ago and he was VERY nice and easy to talk to.
“I have always had great respect for Arnold and his legacy at the Masters and I did not, in any way, want to infringe on the opportunity for Arnold to have and enjoy this Masters tradition for himself. He is so deserving of this honor, and thus I felt it was his time, not mine.” ~Jack Nicklaus on Arnold Palmer’s reign as solo starter.
For the last several years, at least five, I’ve been religiously sending in my application for Masters practice round tickets. For years I’ve waited for that envelope from golf Mecca, Augusta National, to arrive.
This year I missed the deadline. I realized a day or two late, that I’d forgotten to send in my information to get into the Masters practice round lottery.
I thought to myself, “it has only been a couple of days, so just send it in anyway…”
Fist pumping at the mailbox
Today I had a fun round of golf with my Dad, my uncle and a good friend. I had a great practice session on the range but couldn’t bring it onto the course. My round was at best, mediocre.
When I got home I checked the mail, which lately hasn’t been all that thrilling. All there usually is in my mailbox is junk mail and bills. Today was different. Today changed what I’ll be doing the first week in April, forever.
I finally won the practice round lottery. I’m going to The Masters in 2010. I had goose bumps. I had goose bumps again when I told my 13 year old son, that he was coming to The Masters with me. He thought going to the practice rounds meant watching Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on the driving range, he had no idea that we were going to be on “the grounds” walking every hole and taking about 402,038 pictures.
Why did this change my first week in April “forever?” Because once you get practice round tickets for one year, you are automatically eligible for the next year. No lottery.
I couldn’t be happier. I have four tickets. One for me, my son and two special people who I’ll name shortly.