Player and McIlroy play the Generation Game
It's not often that Rory McIlroy is knocked off his confident teenage stride, but his eyebrows nearly went into orbit as he contemplated the longevity of Gary Player's Masters career.
"Gary has been a tremendous competitor for, I don't know, since the sixties would it be?" McIlroy began.
"The fifties," came the response from the assembled hacks in the press conference room.
"Fifties? Really?" said McIlroy as the eyebrows experienced lift-off.
But as is the way with the 19-year-old, he quickly recovered his composure. "I think it's great to see him here every year. The golf course has got extremely long for him these days, but I think last year he shot 77 or 78 in the second round.
"So you know he could still play. I think it's great that at this event you could see all the past winners: they can come back and they can play. It just makes it a little more special and a little different.
"That's what the Masters is all about," McIlroy added.
The recent winner of the Dubai Desert Classic handled all the questions that came his way with such aplomb you could be forgiven for thinking he was a Masters veteran, not making his first visit to the media centre.
Player, meanwhile, has been a regular fixture in the press building for more than half a century - but not for much longer. "I just wanted to say to my friends in the room here, because I've known them for a long time, that I've decided to make this my last appearance in the tournament," the 73-year-old said.
Recalling his first appearance in 1957, Player said: "I doubt whether I had $5,000 to my name and I drove through these gates and you can imagine I was in absolute awe and overwhelmed in fact."
The nine-times major winner and three-times Masters Champion remains rightly proud of the fact that he's been able to make the annual journey to Augusta for so long.
He retains a washboard stomach that would be the envy of many of today's top pros. "It is encouraging when you have exercised as hard as I have and watched my diet pretty well, that I am able to play 52 Masters.
"I stood on the tee last year and I thought, damn it all, most of my friends at 72 are dead and I'm playing at the Masters. Most guys at my age have not seen their knees, never mind their private parts, for seven years.
"There's a lot of feeling going on. At least I can see where I am!"
Thanks Gary - just a bit too much information.
As is always the case at the start of Masters week, Augusta is one big talking shop under the giant oak tree outside the clubhouse.
1991 Champion Ian Woosnam was one of the more outspoken as he gave his views on the European Ryder Cup scene.
Woosnam, who lost out on the captaincy for next year's match at Celtic Manor, believes the man appointed instead has already made a mistake because of the way Colin Montgomerie announced that Jose Maria Olazabal would be his vice-captain.
"I was a little bit disappointed I didn't get it but I'd had my go and fair enough, it's the players who voted for Colin and he's the right man for the job," Woosnam said.
"You don't really want to get things wrong to start off with. I think what Colin should have done was ask Jose before he said anything and you don't want to upset your players straight away.
"Jose is still a good enough player to make the team and it's hard for him to make that decision on wanting to be vice-captain."
Woosnam also urged Montgomerie to make sure he has stronger back-up than Nick Faldo had for the last match in Valhalla.
Plenty of time to discuss the Ryder Cup in the coming months, so bringing it back to this week, it was nice to see an Englishman pictured on the front page of the Augusta Chronicle at the start of Masters week.
Wilson in turn was delighted to see current local student Taylor Floyd become the first home player since the Mansfield man to win the prestigious Augusta State invitational.
Wilson won it in 2003 - six years on he's making his Masters debut and his toughest task is handling all the local well-wishers as he completes his preparations.