An Out­sider’s Per­spec­tive

What if your first golf tour­na­ment was the Masters?

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents - BY ISTVAN BANYAI

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

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