Masters 2019 photos: A different look at Augusta National and the Masters

April 9, 2019

The 83rd Masters Tournament is upon us, and by this point you’ve probably spent countless hours taking in images from Augusta National. But you’ve never seen Augusta through Christian Hafer‘s lens. Hafer, an up-and-coming golf photographer, is making his first visit to the course this week, and he’s doing so with his unique eye and a variety of Nikon lenses. So lean back and scroll down to take in Augusta like you never have before. And check back often, since we’ll update this post with Hafer’s latest images multiple times per day as the tournament unfolds. — Ashley Mayo

SUNDAY
Your 2019 Masters champions.
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Tiger and Joe LaCava take a stroll over Hogan Bridge.
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Jump!
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The shot that marked a turning point of the Tournament.
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Patrons on Sunday could not have been more pumped.
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I have a strong feeling we just spotted a Tiger fan.
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Your classic Sunday rush.
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The 13th hole was ready for final-round Masters action.
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The leaderboards take in the Sunday action.
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Hmmmmm, where could this patron possibly be from?
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Spieth acknowledges the young patrons.
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Rickie through the crowds.
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The vastness of these bunkers is truly incredible.
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SATURDAY
Time to study that impact position.
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The subtle-yet-severe movement of the fairways and bunkers is unlike anything I've seen elsewhere.
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Tall pines, old-school leaderboards, layered galleries and white caddie jumpsuits. Just a few elements unique to The Masters.
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A Lefty splash.
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A moody Dustin Johnson.
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Amen Corner is ready for Moving Day.
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A caddie through the leaves.
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I loved using Augusta's trees to frame its holes and bunkers.
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Leaderboard prep.
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The 12th hole is the cornerstone of Amen Corner.
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FRIDAY
The patrons thrive when Tiger plays well.
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Tiger walked across Hogan Bridge alone, simply to mark his ball after play had been temporarily suspended.
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Tiger hit this shot on 12, shortly before the weather horn blew for lightening in the area. Play was suspended for 30 minutes.
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Even Augusta's members are eager to take in the Masters action.
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Augusta's gallery marshals are well respected.
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Team Tiger or Team Phil?
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This patron brought the heat to Augusta with this polo.
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Patrons take cover during a rain storm.
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The vastness of Augusta National is seen here while staring at the second and seventh greens.
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A moody Lefty in black and white.
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This leaning sign is proof that Augusta National isn't always uber pristine.
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This patron's swagger is on another level.
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It's very apparent that Jason Day did not like this shot.
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A rainy forecast on Friday means everyone is prepared for the elements.
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A proper umbrella for a rainy day at the Masters.
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A behind-the-scenes look at Augusta's iconic leaderboards, which are all manual.
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THURSDAY
A peek at Rory through the gallery.
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Patrons take in the day's schedule, analog of course.
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Rickie Fowler's determined look is not to be messed with.
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The volunteers, from time to time, get to be patrons.
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Kevin Tway splashes his shot from the pine cones.
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Chicken and sausage biscuits for $1.50? Yes, please.
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Augusta's severe undulations are difficult to capture, but they're spectacular in person.
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Lean with it, rock with it.
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Not all Masters patrons look the same.
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Patrons filled the course *early* on Thursday morning.
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That hair is unmistakeable. #fleetwoodflow
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Masters headwear can be...unique.
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A pin for every Masters attended? Check.
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Time to swap out those scores.
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Annnndddddd, official Masters action has begun!
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Every single leaderboard at Augusta is manual.
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Every morning, patrons place their seats in spots where they'll want to consume lots of action later in the day.
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The prep work required to get the course ready is intense.
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These patrons came prepared.
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Leaderboards were blank on Thursday morning, but only for a moment.
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A successful Masters Tournament is possible only with the help of many hard-working volunteers.
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It's the quiet moments like these that make you stop, pause, and appreciate the Masters.
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WEDNESDAY
The cuteness of the Par-3 Contest never disappoints.
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The smooth waves of Augusta National.
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Concession stand prices around here will continue to amaze until the end of time.
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Augusta's flora is unlike any other.
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Decisions, decisions.
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A look at the 12th hole with nobody else around.
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Paul Casey's caddie is celebrating the week with Masters-green Nikes.
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A moody 18th green on Wednesday morning, as the fog slowly lifted.
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A blank leaderboard peeks through Augusta's flora.
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First footsteps over Hogan Bridge.
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The sunrise diffused softly over Augusta National on Wednesday morning.
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TUESDAY
It isn't common to see photos that have cords on them...unless you're at The Masters.
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The quiet scenes at Augusta National are underrated.
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Xander Schauffele laughs it up during his second-ever Masters appearance.
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Officials prepared the course for an upcoming storm
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the 2018 British Amateur champion, Jovan Rebula, launches one during his Tuesday practice round.
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Patrons showed up in droves, despite a gloomy morning forecast.
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Tony Finau creates impressive lag in the milliseconds ahead of impact.
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The many mounds and grandstands at Augusta offer you unique vantage points of fairways and greens.
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Nothing could keep this patron from smiling, even though his sunglasses were drenched in water.
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Masters officials don't mess around when it comes to a threat of lightening.
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MONDAY
Ominous skies rolled through on Monday afternoon.
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Augusta National doesn't look pristine by accident. Crews work day and night to keep it in perfect condition.
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Even the flagsticks around here need a break every now and then.
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Play eventually got suspended on Monday, and patrons were asked to clear the course.
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