AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Keith Mitchell has attended the Masters four or five times, and he has played Augusta National five times through friends, his time playing at Georgia or a practice round when he qualified by winning the Honda Classic.
None of that prepared him for Monday.
“I was nervous just simply walking across the range,” Mitchell said. “And then I started hitting some putts and some balls, and I started feeling better. But this place is just magical for anyone and everyone.”
Mitchell is among 17 players making their Masters debut this week, which includes the six amateurs. Every one has watched it on TV and has dreamed of playing. Perhaps it was actually attending the tournament that made it different for Mitchell.