Grafton golfer ready for Masters
MICHAEL Brennan has a front-row seat to what could be the best Australian campaign at the 2014 US Masters.
Graftonian Brennan will caddy for Sunshine Coast's Steven Bowditch, who enters the tournament on the back of a breakthrough win at the Valero Texas Open just over two weeks ago, at the famed Augusta layout.
Attention will remain transfixed on Brennan at the local level, with many following the journey of a boy who grew up in our regional centre on North Coast New South Wales.
Grafton Golf Club professional Mark Harvison had "only one or two years" with Brennan in his teens.
"I first came by Michael at that age and he showed a lot of promise back then," Harvison said.
"He's been caddying for a while. Even though he was a talented golfer he just couldn't quite get that win."
To an outsider, caddying may look nothing more than glorified bag carrying, but it is arguably the most important supporting role.
"The tournament starts (today), but the caddy would have been out there on Monday measuring yardages and pinpointing the dangers," Harvison said.
"They'll be talking yardages, which clubs to use and where to try to get the ball to land on the green."
Harvison believes Bowditch and Brennan's success at Augusta could lead to a renewed interest in golf, particularly at a junior level.
Fox Sports and 7Mate are broadcasting the US Masters with coverage from 4.45am (AEST) this morning.