The Thrill of the Masters

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And those first Masters? He remembers every detail. & # 39; It was a great kick to just be there, & # 39; Weir said. "When you drive down Magnolia Lane for the first time, you think I'm with the Masters. Just a few years earlier I had a hard time on the Canadian tour."

Professionals take the invitation seriously. For many of them If they are not a former champion, or a recent winner of another major, the players must be in the top 50 of the world rankings to be invited. So for a young player, even a With enormous potential, capitalizing on an invitation to win a tournament is a major milestone in his career.

That's what Cameron Champ, a long-hit young professional, said he had been. Winning a PGA Tour event is usually a slot for an invite to the Masters. He had won the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2018, but at the time it was an alternate event, held that same week already s the 2018 WGC HSBC champions, so it didn't earn him a Masters invitation.

Last September, he won the Safeway Open, ultimately earning him a Masters invitation.

"When I first saw the invitation, all the satisfaction of getting there, it's the most prestigious event in golf," Champ said. "You have a certain caliber in the rankings when you win. I'm only 24. I've looked at it every year of my life."

He said the first thing he did when he won the Safeway , brought the trophy home to his grandfather, who had played an important role in his golf.

"When I came in he was wearing a 2019 Masters hat," Champ said. "When I showed him the trophy, he said you should, you're a tour player now. I laughed. If it were that easy I'd have 50."

First invitations to Augusta National tend to bring as many family members as they can, but patrons are not allowed this year.

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