AUGUSTA, Ga. – The roar could be heard from the oak tree by the clubhouse. It was a Sunday type of roar, and the way the applause was sustained, patrons knew it had to be an ace.
Mike Weir’s not counting his 10th hole-in-one. It came on his second attempt from the 16th tee with a 5-iron. He was trying to cut the ball but hit the first one straight. His second shot to a middle hole location was perfect.
“It was kind of cool because on that hole you can see it go right in,” Weir said.
Sean O’Neill shouted to Weir, “You just made my whole Masters!” Weir gave the Canadian patron his ball.
The 2003 Masters champ spent Tuesday afternoon with compatriot Graham DeLaet, who is making his debut at Augusta. One the first tee, Weir said to DeLaet, “I won’t tell you anything unless you want to know.”
DeLaet was eager to learn.
Though their games are vastly different, Weir points out that secrets around the greens are applicable to all. When Weir was a Masters newbie, he took advice from the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Fred Couples.
This marks Weir’s 15th Masters start, and he said the magic doesn’t wear off. In fact, one of Weir’s most enjoyable moments on property came late Sunday afternoon when he played nine holes on his own. The place was empty.
“You just realize how special this place is,” he said.