PAR 3 MAGIC

Masters Wednesday is famous for the Par 3 Tournament and I'd been told by many people before I came over that it was a fantastic spectacle.

They were right. The course is absolutely superb (and by no means easy) and you're able to get so close to the players around the tight and insanely fast greens.

I followed Tom Watson, Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter for all nine holes. I was amazed by the precision they showed and the number of times they, and others, genuinely threatened the hole from the tee.

And what a noise when they did. It was my first real taste of the Augusta roars and they truly are spine tingling. I can't wait for the intensity and volume to be ramped up even further when it really matters over the next four days.

I also ventured into the pro shop today to buy myself some official Masters merchandise. If you can think of it, they put a Masters logo on it and sell it here, but I kept things traditional and bought a red shirt and putter headcover for myself and a green shirt and driver headcover for my father.

But fear not, dear reader, for I did not forget you as I browsed. I also bought another two polo shirts, two baseball caps, two yellow flags and a towel. All of which will be signed by players and available to win right here on the TG website over the coming days.

It all kicks off for real tomorrow and I'll be on the first tee bright and early to see Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus hit the first tee shots at 7.30am, so I'm off to get some beauty sleep. That's if the excitement subsides for long enough for me to drift off!