Now technology and game systems are opening the Masters to us all.
The hours spent practicing in the cold will pay off for R.J. McKeever. The junior from Westside is working on his touch around the greens, the area where most matches are either won or lost.
You can only get that "feel" on the course, right?
RJ McKeever says, "On Wii it is actually not too bad."
McKeever plays video golf as well as the real thing but he has never played a game like the new Masters golf game.
Developers have recreated the course down to the slightest detail including the number of branches on each tree on the course.
EA Sports the maker of the game says they used laser scanners on the course and everything in the game is accurate to within six millimeters.
RJ McKeever says, "I've played a few of the tournaments on there before. I thought they were interesting. I think the Masters would be a pretty big deal, big tournament and a lot of the big names are in the game."
John Larkin is spending this afternoon on the driving range. Later he'll be looking after his business, Jake's Cigars and Spirits, so he doesn't spend a lot of time with video games.
John Larkin says,”Pretty much don't have time for it anymore.”
But Larkin will make time for the Masters game.
John Larkin says, "I enjoy playing the golf games every once in a while with my friends but the Masters course is especially intriguing because you watch it on TV it is hard to get a feel for it. I think you could get a little better idea how it flows when you're playing the game."
The game is so accurate that it even mimics the weather. If it is raining or foggy in Augusta it will be raining or foggy in the game you are playing on the television.