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The Masters: Keegan Bradley says Augusta is 'shocking' the first time

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Keegan Bradley is excited about his trip to Augusta this year. (Getty Images)
Keegan Bradley is excited about his trip to Augusta this year. (Getty Images)

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Keegan Bradley is playing in just his second Masters, and he feels light years ahead of where he was last year. He's also just as enamored with Augusta National as the rest of us.

Here's what he told the Augusta Chronicle:

It was just everything that I thought it was and a lot more. I've never been to a place that's exceeded the expectations by so much.

When you walk up the 11th fairway and you see 12 and 13, it's shocking, the first time. And I just think that everything that people say about it is true. It's got a magical feel to it almost, and that's the part of it that I think you need to put aside when you're playing the tournament.

The former PGA Championship champion will tee it up with a lot more confidence than he had going into 2012.

He also said this to the Augusta Chronicle:

It's such a tough golf course. It was my first Masters. I learned a lot. Hopefully, I'll apply it this year. You've got to get a bunch of holes in and play it as much as you can.

Bradley has gotten practice rounds in with Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els this year. He finished tied for 27th last year at 2 over and barely made the cut after a second-round 77.

I don't know if Bradley's game is totally suited to Augusta National, but I know he's as focused as anybody in the field.

Sometimes at the Masters, desire combined with a little of that magic Bradley mentioned is all you need.

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