Everyone wants to know whether Tiger Woods will play the Masters and an Aussie Augusta rookie got a first-hand look.
The first-time Masters experience of Australian Cameron Davis went from exciting to outstanding when he found himself getting advice from Tiger Woods during aprace round at Augusta.
Woods is the talk of the tournament and is looming as a stunning inclusion in the field to play his first tournament since a car crash nearly cost him his leg last February.
Davis, 27, an Australian Open winner in 2017, earnt his Masters berth with his maiden PGA Tour win in July 2021 and was already lapping up the “fanboy” experience of playing at Augusta for the first time.
But walking off with advice from Woods, who joined Davis when they were caught behind members playing the course while they were completing individual practice rounds on Sunday, before the course was open to fans, took things to another level.
“He ended up behind me and just joined up with me because it was a little slow in front of us. Yeah, trying to pick his brain a little bit, but at the same time, just enjoying being in his presence,” Davis said.
“I’ve met him a couple times. It was the first time I’ve played any golf with him. That was an enjoyable first go around here (for) tournament week. No fans or anything, just quiet. I hit with Tiger. It was nice.”
“It was very cool.”
Davis also had a first-hand look at Woods’ game and what shape he was in physically, with the five-time Masters champ declaring it would be a “game time decision” if he played.
“It was cool to see. He’s hitting the shots that you know you should hit, but he’s just executing them. He wasn’t doing anything special, but he was playing well,” Davis said.
“Everything was looking pretty solid. It will be great to see him out here if he decides to tee it up on Thursday.
“Still a little slow going up a couple of hills on 17 and 18. I mean, I was as well. He’s been through a lot more than I have, so, yeah, he’s striking it well. He’s hitting it far enough to play the holes the way you need to play them.
“I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be able to put rounds together out here.”
Davis was doing his best to ensure his own Masters preparation was not distracted by the experience of just being at Augusta or walking the course with Woods.
“I’ve watched him for so long, but it was just enjoyable to be out there playing golf alongside him. I was watching what he was doing, but I also had my work to do as well. I still wanted to prepare really well myself,” he said.
“(It) just turned into a really nice, enjoyable first Sunday around Augusta. I’ll definitely remember it as my first go round here with him. It’s just a good start to the week and (a) nice quiet round with someone like that is always enjoyable.”
Originally published as ‘Very cool’: Cameron Davis’ amazing time with Tiger Woods at Augusta