Your first time is always special. I'm talking to various golfers over the next week about what they're most excited about regarding their first trip to Augusta.
John Huh recently talked to me about his first trip to the Masters. Huh qualified by finishing in the top 30 of the 2012 PGA Tour money list (28th).
Kyle Porter: What are you most excited about in playing your first Masters?
John Huh: The thing I'm most excited about is ... playing the Masters, you know? Playing one of the most historical golf tournaments and courses.
Porter: Have you played the course before?
Huh: No. I had a chance to go out there the week of the Arnold Palmer, but I didn't.
Porter: Why did you choose not to go?
Huh: I was kind of burned out playing golf, so I was trying to take it slow.
Porter: What part of your game is most useful for Augusta?
Huh: Well, I haven't been there yet so it's kind of hard, but I'm going to study old tournaments. I've been watching [the tournaments] that are being replayed to see what the golf course looks like.
Porter: What's the biggest thing you learned going into your second year on the PGA Tour?
Huh: The biggest thing was to schedule myself really well. Make sure you're committed to it and manage your time well and manage your game plan well, mentally and physically.
Porter: How many practice rounds do you plan on playing next week?
Huh: I'm planning on playing 18 on Monday, 18 on Tuesday and nine holes on Wednesday at the Par-3 Contest.
Porter: So you're doing the whole thing, the Par-3 Contest and everything?
Huh: Yeah, I mean might as well play it while you're there!
Porter: Did you grow up watching the Masters?
Huh: The first time I watched was in 2005, when Tiger won his last Masters, the one where he chipped in on No. 16. That was the first time I watched it. Ever since then, I've really enjoyed every time I've watched it. And now I'm lucky enough to be one of the players in the field this year.
Porter: If you could only pick one major to win, which one is it?
Huh: Probably between the U.S. Open and the Masters, but I don't know. So far, I'd like to have the title of the U.S. Open, but I might change my mind when I get to Augusta.