Kyle Stanley, who grew up in Washington state, feels as though he's back home in the South. He played college golf at Clemson, which is about two hours away.
But he won't be able to stay on the practice range at Augusta National the way he did at college.
Along with having family in the South, one thing that appealed to Stanley about Clemson was a lighted driving range that coach Larry Penley had installed near the football field.
''You could pretty much practice whenever you wanted. It was pretty cool,'' Stanley said.
The latest he stayed out there was 3 a.m., and his motto never changed. His last shot had to be his best one, or he wouldn't leave. Stanley said there were times he got all the way out to his car, wasn't satisfied and returned to the range until he hit his best shot.
A strong work ethic took time to develop.
Stanley said a turning point in his golf career came when he was in high school and missed the cut in the state tournament at Spokane. He faced a four-hour ...