How a lucky Augusta National patron became part of the story at the 86th Masters

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Greg Sissel of Denver is here in Augusta this week as he takes in his third Masters tournament.

And the 50-year-old was in the right spot at the right time Saturday to make a memory that will last a lifetime.

Sissel was in the gallery to the right of the 10th green as the final group, featuring tournament leader Scottie Scheffler and Charl Schwartzel, came through in the late afternoon.

He watched as Schwartzel bombed a drive 344 yards, leaving a 136-yard approach that he laced perfectly above the hole -- with the ball hitting about 10 feet above the hole before rolling back into the bottom of the cup for an eagle,

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Schwartzel moved to 6-under for the tournament on the shot but made four bogeys the rest of the way. He finished at 2-under 214 after a 73.

Schwartzel pulled the ball from the hole and tossed it into the gallery as the patrons roared.

"We almost left to go to Amen Corner, but we decided to stay and I'm glad we did," Sissel said. "When he threw it up I said, 'It's coming our way,' and if my friend had better hands he would have got it, but he fouled it off to me. That was the most exciting shot we've seen here."

Dennis Knight covers sports for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at Dknight@savannahnow.com. Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN

This article originally appeared on Augusta Chronicle: 2022 Masters: Augusta patron makes memory after Charl Schwartzel eagle