So imagine the feelings of those kids who got to meet Scott, or see Watson or simply enjoy the experience of hitting balls and rolling putts on the Augusta National course.
To illustrate how much things have changed: It wasn't long ago that television coverage of actual tournament rounds was restricted to just a few hours. On Sunday, Golf Channel had four hours of live coverage of the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.
As part of the new competition, Augusta National sold tickets via lottery for a limited number of spectators -- perhaps about 4,000 -- to enter the gates Sunday and watch the event on the driving range and at the 18th hole. No one was permitted past the area of the first and 10th tees and 18th greens -- that's always been the case on the Sunday prior to Masters week -- but nobody seemed to mind.
They were here, they could take in the sights and sounds -- as well as spend their money in the bustling merchandise pavilion.
Then there was Matt Every. Two weeks ago, he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which not only got him his first PGA Tour victory but also a first invitation to the Masters.
Every, 30, had been here once before, during the 1997 Masters won by Tiger Woods. Every was in eighth grade. After coming up from his home in the Jacksonville, Fla., area last weekend, Every returned on Saturday, and is doing his best to not be overwhelmed.
"Trying to get as much knowledge as I can," said Every, who also had another problem to worry about.
"Tickets," he said. "I'm trying to figure out how to handle that."
That's no easy task. Masters competitors are given eight, making for some tough choices.
Done with his ceremonial duties, Scott -- wearing his green jacket -- stopped to chat for a few minutes, seeming to relish being back at the place that brought him so much joy a year ago.
"I've been here a few times and relived what happened last year and it's been fantastic every time," he said. "I'm going to have to get on with the job soon enough, but it's been a nice few days taking it in."