>> The road to the Masters isn't lined with majestic pines, but rather a four lane hard top gauntlet lined with fast food joints, gas stations, and budget hotels all offering five star prices during Masters' week. I'm Reuters sports reporter, Steve Keating, and welcome to the Masters. Augusta National Golf Club has been described as a piece of golfing heaven on earth but in order to get to golf's promised land, you must first travel through this stretch of urban hell.
The chirping birds that are the soundtrack to the Masters here are replaced by the rev of engines and the sound of honking horns. Many businesses operate on the fringes here. This is sort of like the Masters Turkish bazaar, where you can buy everything from cigars to children's books, a Masters' children's book.
Whatever you want, you can find it here. On a good day, how many people come by?>> Come by or buy?>> Come by, say hi, and buy a cigar.>> Come by, I couldn't even count, but as far as buying, I'd probably say a couple 100.>> The one thing that hasn't changed out here, even among the rev of the cars and the honking of the horns is the roar that you can hear coming from inside Augusta National where Tiger Woods and all the world's top players are contesting for a green jacket.