The ball came skipping over the brow of the hill and rolled to a stop up against the trunk of the pine.
"Well, Sandy, are you ready to play a little golf?" And that's it, the honorary shot ballyhoo with Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus was over and the 77th Masters was under way.
Of all the ways to start the Masters, they do not come much worse than making a double bogey on the 1st hole.
If anyone had good reason to cry at the culmination of last year's Masters, it was Louis Oosthuizen.
Larry got the call 12 years ago.
One would think that after all these years Phil Mickelson would be too long in the tooth to get the jitters.
If Ian Poulter is eventually to retire as a Ryder Cup icon rather than a major winner, he will not lose too much sleep about it.
A counter to the belief that Tiger Woods' strong favouritism for the 77th Masters is merited could have either a statistical or a psychological body of evidence.