Considering that it took him 11 seasons and more than 300 PGA Tour tournaments to finally qualify for the Masters, is it any surprise that Brian Gay’s long-awaited debut at famed Augusta National GC hit another unwanted delay?
When he arrived at Augusta Regional Airport Monday, Gay’s plans for an afternoon round were dashed by that age-old travel woe: delayed luggage. His clubs didn’t make the connecting flight through Charlotte, N.C., so for three hours Gay had to wait at the airport.
“All we can wonder is, ‘How hard is this place to get to?’ ” said Brian’s wife, Kimberly. She was laughing, because what else is there to do? Her husband had come very close on a number of occasions to qualifying for the Masters, only to end up frustrated.
Finally eligible for 2010, his first two attempts at a practice round were canceled because of cold, winter weather, in one case even snow. The fact that he missed Monday afternoon’s round was a mere speed bump in light of all those years he patiently waited.
The good news is, Gay has great weather Tuesday for his first-ever trip over the fabled links.