Mize displays local knowledge at the 16th

Larry Mize is playing in his 27th Masters this year.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Cameras clicked as Tiger Woods made his way down the 15th fairway Tuesday at Augusta, but by the time he reached the green, the attention of the patrons in both grandstands surrounding the green had shifted.

Augusta native Larry Mize, who is playing in his 27th Masters this year, had just dropped a ball in front of the tee box at par-3 16th and hit a laser that waltzed across the pond like it was trying out for “Dancing With the Stars.” It took one last skip, then hopped up onto the green and rolled up about 60 feet short of the back-center pin. The patrons roared their approval. Woods even stopped hitting pitch shots and nodded toward Mize.

Five minutes later and now on the 16th tee, Woods delivered a majestic shot that stopped 6 feet left of the pin. The applause grew louder as he and playing partner Mark O’Meara walked to the front of the pond and each tried to skip a ball across. Both found the water.

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