Robert McIntyre says he fulfilled a childhood dream by driving up Magnolia Lane as a Masters player – and plans to savour every minute of the tournament.
The Scot has qualified to play at Augusta for the first time and he posted a video on social media as he drove up earlier this week.
“It’s brilliant,” McIntyre said. “It’s a little boy’s dream and I get to live it.
“Not many people get the chance to drive down there, never mind getting ready for the Masters.
“I’ve dreamed of it as a kid and it was just a special moment.”
The 24-year-old, who is ranked 84th in the world, is getting to grips with the course this week before he tees off on Thursday and he said that playing alongside 2018 green jacket winner Patrick Reed had helped him get up to speed.
“This is a different week for me,” he said. “It’s a golf course I’ve always wanted to play and a golf tournament I’ve always wanted to play.
“I’m taking everything in, day in, day out, and it’s just a special week.
“It felt unbelievable. I played the front nine on the first day, with Patrick Reed so I was getting some insight there and just learning little bits about where you can go and where you can’t go.
“It’s little things like that, getting little pointers but I always say that good golf takes care of it all. If I hit the ball where I want to hit it then we’ll be grand.”
Despite being on the verge of something he has aimed for since he first picked up a club, McIntyre said there were no butterflies. Yet.
“Not just now,” he said. “I thought I would be more nervous or uptight by now.
“Once I step up on the first tee I’ll maybe be nervous like every other time, or maybe a little bit extra, but just now I’m here to play golf. That’s my job and what I do every day so no nerves right now.
“You never know what’s going to happen. Take it in, it’s your first time. It quite possibly could be your only time, though hopefully not. I’m human and anything could happen.
“It’s my first time and I’ll just be enjoying it.”