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We are live from Augusta, Georgia, courtesy of Natty Light. Reminder: We will be at the #NattyShack Friday and Saturday to drink ice cold Natty and have fun and schmooze and record podcasts. It’s not too late to RSVP and drop by to say hi. Smylie Kaufman will be there, as well as a host of other people you’ll want to meet.
Add us on Snapchat at @totalfratmove. We’ll be updating it all week.
Wednesday 8:45 a.m.
We are currently in a hotel in Covington, GA, about to get in our rented minivan and head to Augusta, which is an hour and a half from here.
The weather, it sucks. I’m looking out the window at a torrential downpour and the news is telling me there’s a tornado warning in the Atlanta area. We’re in the Atlanta area. After today, the weather should be nice, but today seems like a good day to kick back and drink. I think the Par 3 Contest might be canceled?
We’re heading straight to Hooters, believe it or not, to meet John Daly. Hitting the road now.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m.
Everyone in Augusta who doesn’t get paid to play golf was at Hooters. The WiFi was a no-go, but we just got to our house, which has internet, so here I am updating this live thread, as I will be all week long.
We met John Daly. He’s exactly how you imagine him to be in person. He had a St. Louis Cardinals t-shirt on, Nike sandals, and he was burning a heater while signing autographs and taking pics with fans outside his luxury RV.
We stopped by the convenience store and I picked up some heaters and Nattys. I’m burning this week because I burn on vacation.
Ross and I are about to record the first podcast of the week, the first of many. Subscribe now if you haven’t already. The plan is to do one each day when we return to the house from the tournament. Friday and Saturday, however, we will be recording live from the Natty Shack.
Alright it’s podcast time. I’ll check in later.
Oh I almost forgot; we’re meeting Snoop Dogg tonight.
Thursday 10:30 a.m.
We saw Snoop last night.
For a guy who grew up listening to Snoop in the ’90s, this was a moment for me. But he’s basically a DJ now? Do people know this? The first song he played was “Next Episode” and he actually rapped to it, but then he went off playing some Miley and shit like that behind a turn table. Kind of weird. Still, though, I saw Snoop perform in Augusta, Georgia, which was both unexpected and awesome. He of course smoked weed on stage because Snoop smokes weed on stage.
Natty Light hooked us up with a VIP area by the stage. We had Grey Goose bottle service and all the Natty Light in Augusta. It was a great time.
We will be at the same bar, The Country Club, each night this week.
We got back to the house around 12:30 a.m. and recorded a podcast. That podcast is below. It’s off to the tournament right now for me. I still can’t believe I get to do this for work. I’ll check in later today when I get back to the house. Remember, no cell phones allowed inside Augusta National so expect radio silence from us for a while.
Thursday 6:30 p.m.
This course isn’t real. My first impression is TV coverage doesn’t do it justice. Not a square inch of this place is less than perfect. The other thing I immediately noticed is that the course undulations are intense, way more intense than you’re able to see on TV. Crazy elevation changes.
I got separated from the squad literally 30 minutes after arriving, and since cell phones are a no-go, I couldn’t get in contact with them so I flew solo the entire day. Kind of shitty, but I still had an amazing time. I walked literally the entire course, saw every hole and close to every golfer out there. I just took it all in.
This place is set up for spectators. Very different from your typical country club scene, which is something we all knew anyway, but the layout, the concessions, the gift shops, the restrooms, it’s all perfectly designed for this one week every year, and designed to cater to massive amounts of spectators. The holes are kind of all on top of each other. Really easy to get around and bounce from hole to hole.
I ate a pimiento cheese sandwich, an egg salad sandwich, a BBQ sandwich, crackers, peanuts, chips, and a domestic light beer, and it was about $12 total. Fuck I love this place.
Tomorrow the plan is to buy a chair as the gates open and run and set it down at the par 3 16th green. That will be home base for the day.
Shower time now, then we’re headed to dinner and back to The Country Club.
Saturday 8:45 p.m.
There was no Friday update because Friday was a whirlwind of action and I didn’t get a chance to sit down with the laptop. I’m sorry for that, but truthfully I’m not that sorry because Friday was one of the best days of my life.
It was a full day of Masters action and drinking and dinner and bars and spending all my money on Masters merchandise and hanging out with the kind of people you only get a chance to hang out with in Augusta, Georgia, during Masters week. Yesterday was just a great damn day.
Today was another great day, highlighted by our podcast interview with the very nice Smylie Kaufman. That should be uploaded shortly.
What a day of golf, too. Spieth is CHARGING. Justin Rose had a huge day, too. Rickie played well enough to hold down the second to last tee time (paired with Spieth), and Charley Hoffman is beginning to falter, as we all expected.
If Spieth doesn’t pull this thing out, I’d like to see Sergio win his first major. He’s got to get one. Has to. This leaderboard is sexy and tomorrow is shaping up to be just awesome. And I get to be there.
It’s a quiet night tonight. We ordered pizza and decided we’re staying in for the first time since arriving. So much Natty. My body needed this.