"We will just continue to be right here and Augusta National can put no kind of money in front of us that would change our minds", Herman Thacker, who together with his wife Elizabeth has lived in their home since 1959, told Reuters during an interview at his house this week. "Feeling a lot better on the golf course, for sure".
It is hard to remember a US Masters with so many outstanding golfers potentially in contention.
But his bid for another Masters victory will likely come down to six holes, three on which he could struggle and three on which he's scored well in the past. Previous year he had won three straight tournaments coming into Augusta and was an odds-on favorite. Jordan Spieth, quite used to winning (and also snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, 2016 Masters), has developed a hot putting streak lately. He's had four wins here.
The re-emergence of none other than the legendary Tiger Woods as a competitive force has taken the entire golfing world by something of a surprise.
And yet, we bring you 2018 - and what could happen. His return, coupled with the prestige of the Masters, will mean even bigger returns for the game of golf. According to Garcia, the night "was something I'll never forget".
Several blockbuster storylines are possible, not least the quest of Woods to defy long odds and collect a fifth Masters title less than a year after undergoing spinal fusion surgery. He's typically been a slow starter at Augusta, having shot under par just once (a 68 in 2010) in the opening round. Videos have since surfaced of fans yelling it at golf tournaments after players tee off.
Familiarity is supposed to breed contempt. A Golf Channel TV reporter who had recently divorced, she met Garcia at a tournament in Houston. McIlroy has never won here.
McIlroy is very mindful of the history around this place. Padraig Harrington hardly recognized Woods at Torrey Pines earlier this year when he saw him walk onto the range, exchange a few high-fives and stop to chat. There, he arrived with the lead, trying to win his second Masters in a row. Woods has logged 20 rounds at Augusta since 2010 and has finished with par or better on the second hole in each one, with a scoring average of 4.68.
Should he be in contention again, Spieth will have that same view, that same challenge Sunday.
The way Woods and Mickelson are playing means we could be in for a historic Masters. Three-time Masters champ Phil Mickelson goes off at 1:27 p.m. ET. He had a 6-iron and "I thought it was flawless; straight at the flag, " he said. "Inside I was sitting there thinking this guy is playing in the Masters, maybe the biggest tournament in the world, but he just pretends or is able to just let that go when he's off the golf course".
This year, former United States Amateur champion and long-time August National competition chairman Fred Ridley took over from Billy Payne as the Chairman of Augusta National Golf club and the Masters Tournament. He simply said "someone else" is playing well when asked about the favorites. I'm very comfortable. There's a couple little tweaks here and there that they make every year. McIlroy, who won his last start at Bay Hill. The American was riding high heading into the US Masters past year. And world No. 1 Dustin Johnson begins his round at 2:00 ET, in the day's final grouping. "Anyone who's been around him with children or young people can see that and they just gravitate towards him".