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Augusta National welcomes patrons from all over the world

Augusta National Golf Club (WFXG) -

Say it however you want, it all translates to the same thing:

"I'm in Augusta to see the Masters, and I'm so happy to be here," said Daino Mario. He's visiting from Italy.

Patrons descending from all over the world to visit the Augusta National Golf Club, hoping to experience a tradition unlike any other.

"You have a perspective in your head of what it looks like on TV, but then when you get here, it's so much bigger and grander," said Marais Lombard, he's from South Africa, but now lives in Charlotte. He invited his father to the tournament from South Africa.

For decades the Masters has garnered international attention, but it wasn't until last year that the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A, a governing body for golf clubs around the world, released identical formatting on the rules of golf. Now the sport is the same in every country, making, for some, this once in a lifetime experience that much better. 

"It's sort of one of my bucket list items, and I had the opportunity to come with three friends," said Cobie Lombard, visiting from South Africa.

Atop the main scoreboard are flags from several countries; welcoming their international and domestic guests.

"It's an incredible atmosphere," said Scott Durkin, he's visiting from Cleveland. "It's the best place on Earth, so I'm just glad to be here."

It doesn't matter where you're from, as soon as you walk through these green gates, there's only one language you need to know: golf.

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