At the start of the year, PGA Tour rookie Russell Henley won the first event that he played in on Tour. Henley birdied the last five holes at the Sony Open to win the title and earn a spot at this week's Masters.
Monday, Henley was out on the course at Augusta National getting in some practice. Bobby Hicks, director of golf instruction at Idle Hour Club, gave Henley his first lesson at age 12 and was on the course for his practice.
"I'll tell you the crowd was so big following him today it was hard to get close to him," explained Hicks. "I know just from talking with him before hand he was like a kid in a candy store really.
"This is a goal he's had ever since he first started playing golf. He's nervous, but it's a nervousness about being ready to go and excited to get there and play and not nervous with his ability because he knows he's got that."
Henley plans to play nine holes Tuesday and nine on Wednesday before action starts Thursday.