Augusta National Golf Club is as pretty as everybody says, and it's prettiest in the morning. When Ryuji Imada and Stuart Appleby, Saturday's first twosome, tee off at 10:35, there isn't a footprint on the greens. There is only dew.
Crowds are small, traffic relatively light. Well-dressed men and women walk the course as they sip breakfast beers. Few follow Imada and Appleby. Most tour the course, or stake out a place from which to watch later.
The sun shines, humidity is non-existent and there is the sense that good things will happen.