Jim Nantz calls the Masters a tradition unlike any other for several reasons, but the most important is the golf course. At 7,435 yards, it's widely believed that Augusta National is a bomber's paradise, though the green jackets of Mike Weir and Zach Johnson question that assertion. Alister MacKenzie's layout annually doles birdies in bunches and snowmen or worse, and that it's the only fixed venue in major-championship golf somehow heightens its familiarity and mystery.
To get a better idea of what it takes to navigate the course, we conducted exit interviews. With the exceptions of 2013 champion Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson, the following statements were all recorded on the practice putting green at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island in the days immediately after last year's Masters. This PGA Tour stop has its tradition unlike any other: It's the place where players finally decompress, exhale and talk about what it's really like to play Augusta. For most, the shots they needed are the shots they wished they'd had.