I've been to Augusta National six times now. Every time I go, I become more and more fearful of one thing.
That one thing is not yelping during a Tiger Woods backswing, or wandering into an out-of-bounds portion of the course where I'm definitely not supposed to be, or even tipping somebody's chair one inch to the right or left while they aren't in it (a Masters no-no).
Nope. It's accidentally sneaking in the gates with my cell phone still in my pocket.
The stories that you hear about what the green-jacketed folk do to people wielding cellular devices will make the hair on your neck stand on end.
Which is what makes what Mark O'Meara did on Monday so -- well -- scary.
According to the Golf Channel, O'Meara texted Woods from the 12th green at Augusta on Monday to congratulate him on win No. 8 at Bay Hill:
I was on the 12th green at Augusta National on Monday. You've got to be very careful, as we all know, at Augusta. I don't want Mr. Payne to be upset at me. I was back on the back of the green and pulled out my phone to see that he had won by two. I fired him a text. I said, "Awesome. Great No. 8 and No. 1."
The back of the No. 12 green is about as secluded as it gets at Augusta National other than maybe the par-3 course.
It's pretty funny that a former Masters champion is just as nervous about having a cell phone on the course as a plebeian patron like myself.