While most of us watch the drama of The Masters from the comfort of our homes tomorrow, one Ottawa resident will have one of the best seats in the house at Augusta National Golf Club.
Dean Ryan, a Canada Post employee by day also happens to be the current Rules Chairman for Golf Canada – a role that not only puts him on the Joint Rules Committee that helps decide the Rules of Golf for every golfer on the planet, but it also affords him some major opportunities. One of those is the job of Rules Officials at The Masters.
On Sunday, while Rory McIlroy attempts to become a major winner at the tender age of 21, Ryan will be patrolling familiar territory on the 13th hole. That assignment is the same as last year. In 2010 Ryan was behind the green as Phil Mickelson hit one of the greatest approaches in Masters history from the pine straw in the trees on the right side of the hole.
It’s impossible to imagine Ryan could be witness to a shot of equal stature this year but that would not likely stop most of us from wanting his viewing position tomorrow as the final round of the 75th Masters unfolds.
Note: Ryan has already officiated at the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play this year and will also be working the other three majors as well as the RBC Canadian Open and the Champions Tour Montreal Championship as part of his duties.