Inside & Outside the Gates of Augusta National

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Inside & Outside the Gates of Augusta National

June 22, 2007

Augusta National before the Masters, looking over the 240-yard fourth hole (left) and the 455-yard fifth hole (right).Augusta National before the Masters, looking over the 240-yard fourth hole (left) and the 455-yard fifth hole (right).

First-time visitors often are surprised to realize busy Washington Road passes by Augusta National (the club is just beyond the water tower, upper right).First-time visitors often are surprised to realize busy Washington Road passes by Augusta National (the club is just beyond the water tower, upper right).

Sherri Bryan keeps beer flowing at Hooters, always a hot spot (particularly when John Daly's RV is set up outside).Sherri Bryan keeps beer flowing at Hooters, always a hot spot (particularly when John Daly's RV is set up outside).

Scott Redmon of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office works the leaderboard area right of the first hole.Scott Redmon of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office works the leaderboard area right of the first hole.

Visitors say that attending the Masters is like going to church, which is where Pastor Clarence Grier of the Hosannah Baptist Church comes in.Visitors say that attending the Masters is like going to church, which is where Pastor Clarence Grier of the Hosannah Baptist Church comes in.

Phil Harison, the starter since 1948, is hoping to rebound from a traffic accident to make it 60 in a row. His sweet, simple sound: "Fore, please. Tiger Woods now driving."Phil Harison, the starter since 1948, is hoping to rebound from a traffic accident to make it 60 in a row. His sweet, simple sound: "Fore, please. Tiger Woods now driving."

Jay Sperry, a warehouse worker who was employed by a muffler shop during the '06 Masters, is joined by his son Xavier, now five.Jay Sperry, a warehouse worker who was employed by a muffler shop during the '06 Masters, is joined by his son Xavier, now five.

Six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus competes in everything. Grandson Charlie, now 12, tries to grab the ball before Jack can close his palm.Six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus competes in everything. Grandson Charlie, now 12, tries to grab the ball before Jack can close his palm.

Mike (Fluff) Cowan, caddie for winner Tiger Woods in 1997, waits for Jim Furyk outside the bag room.Mike (Fluff) Cowan, caddie for winner Tiger Woods in 1997, waits for Jim Furyk outside the bag room.

Former caddies Mark Eubanks (left) and Fred (Hop) Harrison visit the Sand Hill Grill, not far from the National.Former caddies Mark Eubanks (left) and Fred (Hop) Harrison visit the Sand Hill Grill, not far from the National.

Smile, Hootie! William W. Johnson stepped down as chairman of the club and the tournament after the 2006 Masters.Smile, Hootie! William W. Johnson stepped down as chairman of the club and the tournament after the 2006 Masters.

James (Whitey) Lester of the Discotheque Lounge on Broad Street is joined by dancer Carli (Candy) Parent (left) and manager/bartender Jennifer Pennington.James (Whitey) Lester of the Discotheque Lounge on Broad Street is joined by dancer Carli (Candy) Parent (left) and manager/bartender Jennifer Pennington.

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