Echoes of Augusta

Posted on April 3rd, 2007 – 11:00 AM
By Jerry Zgoda

A mighty roar rose from Amen Corner and resounded across the hillsides Tuesday morning. During a practice round. And just after Tiger Woods had gone through the little par-3 12th that plays over Rae’s Creek.

One group behind him, affable, old Fuzzy Zoeller, the 1979 Masters champion, had hit a middling shot into the narrow, tilted, bunker-protected green. He bantered with the fans gathered en masse around the 11th green and 12th tee and then extended his club to a man behind the ropes, a gesture that said if you can do better, just try.

The man slipped under the ropes, stepped to the tee and hit a soaring shot straight at the flag, much closer to the stick than Tiger’s approach minutes earlier. The crowd erupted with noise, and even ol’ Fuzzy offered a theatric pose and an ovation himself.

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