Magazine May 4, 2009, Issue

The Hills Are Alive

Jack Nicklaus watches his putt for par on the first green in the final round of Masters play at Augusta National Golf Club, April 12, 1998. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)

Augusta, Ga.

I   would be embarrassed to admit how big a part the Masters has played in my life: in my mental life, and, to a degree, my writing life. I’m talking, of course, about the tournament held every April at the Augusta National Golf Club.

Over the years, on practice ranges far and wide, I have “played” holes at Augusta National. This relieves the tedium of practice. I take the clubs I believe will be necessary on each hole. For example, I’ll take a 6-iron on 16 tee — aiming for the traditional Sunday pin position. And, at night, I

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