Beginner Andy Ogletree’s Masters debut was comparatively serene on Thursday, performed with out the followers that rocked Augusta Nationwide with roars he witnessed on TV as a child rising up in Mississippi.
“I can not think about what it is usually like, with all the large crowds,” the 22-year-old instructed reporters on Thursday. “However I undoubtedly had lots of nerves. “You have got that feeling in your intestine that it is lastly right here. You dream of getting moments like that and also you look ahead as a competitor to having these emotions.”
Being paired with defending champion Tiger Woods and British Open champion Shane Lowry of Eire was a thrill. “I grew up idolising Tiger. Simply to be enjoying with him is superior,” mentioned Ogletree who received final yr’s U.S. Beginner title at Pinehurst, and have become the third Georgia Tech golfer to win the occasion following Bobby Jones and Matt Kuchar.
Ogletree mentioned he already has an indelible reminiscence from his maiden Masters — his keep within the Crow’s Nest, Augusta Nationwide’s conventional lodging on the second ground of the clubhouse for amateurs competing within the event. “The Crow’s Nest final night time was superior. I used to be so amped up I did not need to fall asleep. It was tremendous cool,” mentioned Ogletree, who additionally bought a kick out of the morning leisure.
“Listening to everybody coming out and in of the champions locker room this morning you possibly can form of hear lots from up there. It is similar to being part of historical past up there. “Tiger and I truly talked about it immediately strolling down one of many fairways. He was asking me, ‘how was the Crow’s Nest? I want I might keep up there’,” because the five-times Masters champion reminisced about journeys to Augusta after profitable his U.S. Beginner titles. “He was telling me cool tales about his expertise again within the day.”
Ogletree had a bumpy begin on Thursday and stood 4 over par after his first 4 holes ranging from the tenth earlier than discovering his type to complete with a one-over 73. “I am simply proud of the way in which I fought,” he mentioned. “Hopefully, I can carry that into tomorrow and play some good golf.”