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Happy Masters Week everyone. For me, this is THE most magical week of the year. As they say, The Master is a tradition unlike any other. This week both parts of the show are dedicated to taking you inside the tournament to give you a sense of what it’s like to be on those magnificent grounds.

I kick it off with Tom Patri, who has been out there several times with his good friend, 1992 Masters Champion Fred Couples. Also joining me in Part 1 of this week’s show is John Cook. Cookie played in 15 Masters tournaments dating back to 1979. He earned his way into that Masters field with his victory in the 1978 US Amateur.

Tom Patri shares stories of being alongside Fred Couples during his run to the Green Jacket in ’92. To this day, none of us know how Fred’s tee shot on #12 didn’t roll back into Rae’s Creek. We hear what Fred’s reaction was. Tom also shares some of his other favorite Masters memories, the legends he wished could have donned a Green Jacket, and current players he’d love to see win. I also get his thoughts on Scottie Scheffler’s place in history if he were to win his second Masters.

John Cook takes us down Magnolia Lane, remembering that first drive up alongside his mentor Ken Venturi. We hear about his night in the Crows Nest and the Augusta National memorabilia he collected over the years. I also get Cookie’s thoughts on what’s driving television ratings down, and why the networks are trying to replace the great Analysts that many of us love.

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