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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 April 2006, 15:15 GMT 16:15 UK
Augusta Diary
Iain Carter
By Iain Carter
BBC Five Live golf correspondent

Our Five Live team predict-the-outcome competition has now switched to who will win the Green Jacket.

This daily ritual became a touch contentious when new rules were introduced, stating that everyone had to pick a different name.

John Murray then said it was only fair that we should draw for the order in which we could make our picks.

On both occasions since the rule change he's drawn last position which has thoroughly amused the rest of us.

So here are the picks: John went with Padraig Harrington, Alistair Bruce Ball plumped for Tiger Woods, producer Graham took Phil Mickelson and I've chosen Chad Campbell.

Nick Faldo, three times a Masters Champion, chose to have lunch in the Augusta clubhouse with his family.

Nick Faldo
The name's Faldo, Nick Faldo

He was greeted by the maitre d', who enquired: "Name?"



"FALDO," emphasised our greatest ever golfer who retained his charm and manners throughout the exchange.

Rocco Mediate was frustrated during Saturday's rain break because of a long standing tour rule that forbids playing cards in the locker room.

Mediate is a card shark who finished 600th out of 5,619 players in last year's World Series of Poker.

He would have loved to have spent the down time counting his aces and said: "It's too bad because that would really make the time go quickly."

Ben Crenshaw recalled his first Masters appearance as an amateur in 1972, when he had a shock of long, thick hair.

Ben Crenshaw
If it's the Masters, it must be a short back and sides

Tournament co-founder Clifford Roberts welcomed him to Augusta.

And then added: "By the way, did you know we have a barber shop right here in the clubhouse?"

Crenshaw said he got a trim.

It was with much optimism that I arrived at the course.

It was bright but chilly, with a stunning day's golf lying ahead and the prospect of maybe playing the course within 24 hours.

A newspaper colleague called over: "The ballot's been drawn, are you playing?"

Would I be one of the lucky few from the media to be drawn out?

A dash to the reception area, where the names of those who'll be playing is taped to the desk.

A quick scan of the list is followed by a detailed look. Neither examination reveals my name. Another year passes without coming out the hat.

Augusta National member Jeff Knox had much better luck.

Obviously he doesn't have to rely on ballots to play his course, but he actually got the chance to play it during the Masters.

As a non-competing marker, Knox accompanied Jim Furyk who needed a partner because there's an odd number of players who made the cut.

The former US Open champion said: "We had a good time, I really enjoyed his company."

Knox believes he shot something like a 75, though he didn't hole out on every hole.

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