Why this unique Masters contest is worth the drive from Macon to Augusta

Strolling down the fresh grass to the seventh hole, one could look down to see Paul Casey’s son, Lex, running down the fairway.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello walked alongside his wife Sofia as she donned the all-white caddie jumpsuit, holding her hand the whole time.

Sergio Garcia stood next to his wife, Angela. She was holding their daughter, Azalea, who is — appropriately — named after the 13th hole at The Masters.

“He is carrying the bag. She is carrying the baby,” shouted a patron.

Players don’t normally carry their clubs. But the Par 3 tournament at Augusta isn’t a typical day.

“Jack (Nicklaus) said it was his most special time on a golf course last year,” said 13th-ranked player in the world Tommy Fleetwood. “You just get moments like that, that you can’t get anywhere else or any other place in golf.”

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Center for Collaborative Journalism student Hayes Rule contributed to this report.