Russll Henley has admitted that earning a place in the 2013 Masters tournament at Augusta National is a dream come true.
The 24-year-old PGA Tour rookie secured his Masters berth with victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii – his first start on the PGA Tour.
“I spent nearly every day of my golfing life dreaming of playing in the Masters, and now all of a sudden it’s happening,” Henley told www.masters.com.
“Obviously, I’m very excited about playing in the tournament, although I’m not really sure the reality of making it into the Masters has sunk in.
“I started going to watch the Masters when I was 12 and went five years in a row. More than anything else, I remember how green the grounds at Augusta were.
“One time, my friends and I were standing against the ropes on the second hole. We both leaned over and touched the grass with our hands, looked at each other and said ‘Wow’. We could not get over how perfect everything was.”
Henley also played at Augusta National every year during his four-year stint on the University of Georgia’s golf team.
He is one of a handful of 2013 Masters debutants, a group that also includes the European Tour trio of George Coetzee, Jamie Donaldson and Thorbjorn Olesen.