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Only by visiting the hallowed Augusta National course in person can one witness the Masters' attention to even the most minute detail and its determination to let every patron experience, to quote the soon-to-be-trademarked Jim Nantz catchphrase, "a tradition unlike any other."
I was pulling for Spieth. I wanted to see him win back-to-back green jackets. I feel bad for him. But, at the same time, what happened to Spieth on Sunday can actually play to his favor and make him an even more dominant force on the PGA Tour.
After a round of golf at Stryker Golf Course on Fort Bragg In March of 1997, I registered for a chance to win tickets to the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. I wasn't interested in going, but was urged by the members of my foursome to put my name in for the raffle drawing.
To say that Tiger Woods will make a comeback and that he will break Jack Nicklaus' record for the most major championship wins would be a huge stretch and probably untrue. In fact, Tiger himself doesn't even know what the future holds.
Forty-eight years ago, Bill MacPhail, then in charge of sports at CBS, signed a deal with the US Tennis Open to carry its tennis matches, men's and women's, on the CBS network. That deal died last year and in 2015 you'll have to watch them on ESPN.
Each day, as we entered the perfectly manicured grounds -- with not a blade of grass out of place -- the fog gave this golf heaven a halo. We had made it. Two different dreams fulfilled.
Jordan Spieth was the runaway winner of the tournament, reminding me that there's much to learn from a weekend of golf. Here are the top five-and-a-half takeaways from a record-breaking Augusta weekend:
This weekend, millions of eyes will be drawn to Augusta, Ga. as golf's greatest players tee off in the Masters. While many eyes are on Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson as they compete in the tournament, an important storyline at the Masters is the role that women play in golf in 2015.
Every year it seems less and less likely that Tiger will catch Jack. He certainly lost his way both professionally and personally. But I bet there are a lot of people Tiger's age that, like me, would love to see him win at least once more.
Champions like Tiger Woods are always charting and changing their course to be certain everything is on track. Tiger didn't just come to Augusta because it was the popular thing to do. He wouldn't have showed up if he wasn't ready to win. He came to win and he's prepared to win.
Not once did Jim Nance mention that Jordan Spieth should have stayed at the University of Texas. Apparently Jim Nance didn't know that Spieth was a "one and a half and done," leaving in the middle of his second year.
Until now, television was the closest I'd come to seeing the Masters, and although many friends had told me about the tournament, nothing prepared me for the perfection that is the Augusta National Golf Club.
From the Super Bowl to March Madness, the Masters or the World Series and the World Cup, the sports world is cyclical. Seems we are always waiting eagerly on the edge of our seats (be them of the living room or arena variety) for the next big event.
You'll find there are a lot more things to do in the city that do not involve watching drives and putts. Start with this list of travel ideas for Augusta, Ga., none of which require a ticket into the Masters.
This is the first time in 20 years The Masters tournament will go on without Woods, who has captured the coveted green jacket four times.