By John Ingoldsby

The Masters is at or near the top of almost every sports fan’s must-do bucket list, unless of course it’s going to be raining buckets.

That was the mid-morning forecast we faced for Saturday’s Round 3 when we embarked from Atlanta for the two-hour drive to Augusta – 100 percent chance of rain from Noon to 4 pm with thunderstorms likely to stop play.

But after driving on iconic Interstate 20 through intermittent rainstorms that clearly seemed headed to Augusta, Masters magic took hold and the Golf Gods at Augusta won out over Mother Nature, as usual.

Although the skies seemed brighter up ahead, we weren’t sure the forecasts were wrong until we drove past The Bobby Jones Expressway and one exit later got off at the famed Washington Road exit and parked right at Augusta National, which of course is free for all patrons. More