Former UGA golfer proud to represent university in his first-ever Masters

Rocking back and forth, Keith Mitchell peers over his left shoulder. Then, back down to the white ball on the tee. Shoulder. Ball. Shoulder. Ball.



Donning a Georgia-red yardage book cover in his back right pocket, Mitchell launched a drive more than 30 yards past his playing partners down the tunnel of the first tee at Augusta National.

The little rock before swinging — sometimes a sign of nerves — is not unusual for Mitchell. But that doesn’t mean that first tee shot was nerve-free.

“There’s always nerves out there when you’re playing in a tournament, especially this one,” Mitchell said. “It means you care.”

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