An Outsider’s Perspective
What if your first golf tournament was the Masters?
liE BaV You’d ke Istvan nyai. Born in Budapest. Lived in Paris, L.A., Manhattan and now rural Connecticut. Engaging and inquisitive, he has done magazine illustrations, record covers, movie posters, animated films and books like honored as one of the best children’s books of 1995 by The New York Times. Each year, Golf Digest invites someone who has never been to Augusta National to get what we call First Impressions for the next year’s Masters preview. Istvan not only had never been to Augusta National, he’d never been to a golf tournament, but he threw himself into the assignment and delighted in making sense of it all back at the Golf Digest house each night. “I had absolutely no idea,” he says. “The space, the distance, the hole, the spectacle . . . one guy struggling alone in the middle of all this extravaganza . . . . I found something absurd about it.” Here, we see golf, and Augusta, in a unique way.
Illustrations by Istvan Banyai