Augusta National is a land of decorum, rules (not all good ones, of course), the hushed tones of Jim Nantz, and the green jacket. The Masters holds a stratospheric reverence among golf fans. It's a pilgrimage, an honor, a legend.
It's also a place to get shit-housed while watching the best golfers in the world.
Combine those two and you have a recipe for what happened to Clayton Price Baker, a 40-year-old Ohio man whose mugshot you see to the right.
Baker was drunk enough and in awe enough of his surroundings that he tried to scoop sand from a sandtrap into a cup as a souvenir. Not cool, especially not in the buttoned-down world of The Masters. A few blades of grass would have been an easier, safer score.
Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said Clayton Price Baker, of Ohio, slipped under the ropes following the tournament and attempted to put the sand in his cup.
After a short foot chase by Augusta National security and sheriff’s deputies, Baker was apprehended and charged with disorderly conduct.
A tradition unlike any other indeed.