AUGUSTA, GEORGIA | The buzz around Augusta National Thursday would do a swarm of bees proud.
He was back.
Not Tiger, though he did well opening with a 2-under-par 70, which matches his second-lowest starting score ever in the Masters.
The 2019 Masters Garden Gnome
The Masters garden gnome had returned.
The 2019 version, a Santa-faced dude dressed like a patron in khaki shorts, a green golf shirt and holding a refreshing beverage in a Masters cup, had been restocked on the shelves of the merchandise building at some point Thursday after quickly selling out by Tuesday.
At least that was the word in the pine straw as this Masters came to life on a warm day that smelled a little like pluff mud and offered a springtime sheen of sweat to anyone navigating Augusta National’s hills and valleys.
The 2018 version of the gnome, wearing a white caddie jumpsuit, instantly became an eBay sensation. Apparently the ’19 model is just as popular according to the internet, where patrons were hoping to turn a quick profit Thursday af...
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