Goodbye Augusta, hello Bethpage

After an emotional week, capped off with a thrilling final day, Alex Narey says farewell to a sleepy Augusta...

After leaving Augusta some three hours ago, I am now sitting in the departure lounge at Charlotte airport waiting for the eight-hour stint home, where work awaits me first thing in the morning. Tucking into Triple-Bacon-Burger-with-Jalapeno-Cheese number 47, I decided to jot down some final thoughts after yesterday's thrilling final day (there was also an Aussie guy at the bar who was unbelievably annoying, so I had to make my exit).

Anyway, it was, quite simply, one of the best final days in the Majors of recent years. Everyone in the media centre was in agreement. Phil and Tiger were immense, and yet still human. With six Green Jackets between them, one should have added another to the locker. I guess it was just a step too far, even for great players like them.

The whole week was an amazing experience. The course. The ambience. Augusta is a very insular place, and you can tell that the locals are well trained for this, the biggest and most important week in the town's history. They are rightly proud of what belongs to them.

To the winner, Angel Cabrera, a big tip of the hat is in order. He held his nerve, recovered with a calm tenacity and, above all, holed his putts. He will make a good champion, that can't be disputed. But I have to feel sorry for Kenny Perry.

While he may not have been everyone's pick, the way he handled himself afterwards in the press conference was fantastic. There were no excuses. It was all his doing. From a journo's perspective, it was the big story: how a 48-year-old kept pace with the most experienced and top-class field a Masters weekend has seen in years.

There are too many high points to put down as I sit here waiting to make my move to the boarding gate. But as a final thought, yesterday may well have been the tonic Major Championship golf needed. So roll on Bethpage Black. Any chance I can go to that too, Mr Harris…

Alex Narey
Content Editor

Alex began his journalism career in regional newspapers in 2001 and moved to the Press Association four years later. He spent three years working at Dennis Publishing before first joining Golf Monthly, where he was on the staff from 2008 to 2015 as the brand's managing editor, overseeing the day-to-day running of our award-winning magazine while also contributing across various digital platforms. A specialist in news and feature content, he has interviewed many of the world's top golfers and returns to Golf Monthly after a three-year stint working on the Daily Telegraph's sports desk. His current role is diverse as he undertakes a number of duties, from managing creative solutions campaigns in both digital and print to writing long-form features for the magazine. Alex has enjoyed a life-long passion for golf and currently plays to a handicap of 13 at Tylney Park Golf Club in Hampshire.