Peter Williams writes in the Herald on Sunday this morning of his recent playing experiences at Augusta. The opportunity to play there is a once-in-a-lifetime one - strictly by invitation - adding to the mystique of the place. We'll leave it up to Williams to tell the story, but these two paragraphs especially caught our attention:
What you don't realise until you're in them is the size and depth of the fairway bunkers. You are literally in over your head, usually with no view of the green.
Phil Mickelson hit a 9-iron out of one on the left hand side of the 5th last year to within a couple of metres of the hole and made a birdie. When you stand in that bunker and all you can see is a sand wall and blue sky, you just shake your head as to how any player could hit the ball close to the hole.
So we envy Peter Williams. Not only for his chance to play at Augusta, but also for the composure he showed during THAT Paul Henry moment this week!