MY AUGUSTA MEMORIES: It was emotional going back to the Masters

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DEREK LAWRENSON: It was emotional to return to the Masters … and it only felt right to say a prayer of thanks after wandering around an abandoned Amen Corner

  • SportsmailDerek Lawrenson has been thinking about returning to Augusta National
  • Robert MacIntyre, 24 years old, looks like he is gaining confidence every week
  • It’s sad to see Rory McIlroy getting worse at the Masters and looking concerned

After 10 days of hospitalization in January with Covid, the pleasure of reaching out to Augusta National turned out to be emotional.

Wandering through Amen Corner last Monday, barely a soul around, the abundance of colors, it only seemed appropriate to say a prayer of thanks.

After 10 days in hospital with Covid, the pleasure of getting to Augusta turned out to be emotional

After 10 days in hospital with Covid, the pleasure of getting to Augusta turned out to be emotional

Olazabal’s Timely Reminder

I always doubt whether it is a good idea to keep inviting the old champions.

There are clearly better players who are being denied a seat. But then you get a moment like Friday, when Jose-Maria Olazabal, at the age of 55, offered his own tribute to the great Seve’s birthday to be cut halfway through.

Ollie still has those wizard hands.

MacIntyre exits the Ryder Cup marker

Being a left-hander, I’ve always had a soft spot for left-handers, especially considering there are few golf out there.

Now here comes Bob MacIntyre, the 24-year-old from Oban, who feels more comfortable on the big stage every week.

How long will it take him to become the first lefty to represent Europe at the Ryder Cup? Five months, at its current rate.

Robert McIntyre, only 24, looks like he's getting more comfortable on the big stage every week

Robert McIntyre, only 24, looks like he's getting more comfortable on the big stage every week

Robert McIntyre, only 24, looks like he’s getting more comfortable on the big stage every week

A clear view of dreamland

In the end, it felt like about 7,000 customers were admitted into Augusta every day and it’s fair to conclude that they all felt like they were living a dream.

How lovely to walk the fairways and see every shot without looking over the heads of so many others.

It’s probably best not to mention it too often, in the company of the many thousands of customers who didn’t get the call.

Sad to see Rory has a lot of his Seve touch

It’s getting sadder to see Rory McIlroy deteriorate at the Masters.

In his early days here, it was like watching a reincarnation of Seve, the glorious way he shaped his shots and collected his low rounds.

Now, every time he returns, there seems to be a new line of care or two on Rory’s forehead.

If he now completes the Grand Slam career, it will be the UK’s greatest sporting achievement.

It will be the best British sporting achievement when Rory McIlroy completes the Grand Slam career

It will be the best British sporting achievement when Rory McIlroy completes the Grand Slam career

It will be the best British sporting achievement when Rory McIlroy completes the Grand Slam career

Story of two different masters

Is that the end of the Covid-influenced editions of the Masters?

Will we be back next year to the huge traffic lines, the hubbub around tables in restaurants, the touts shouting for tickets, the chatter under the old oak tree in front of the clubhouse?

One thing is for sure, those lucky enough to have been here again last November and last week will always remember these two very different versions.

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