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“It was just everything that I thought it was and a lot more,” he said. “I’ve never been to a place that’s exceeded the expectations by so much.

“When you walk up the 11th fairway and you see 12 and 13, it’s shocking, the first time. And I just think that everything that people say about it is true. It’s got a magical feel to it almost, and that’s the part of it that I think you need to put aside when you’re playing the tournament.”