For about a half-hour after spectators and players alike were shepherded into permanent structures, the main club house was jammed. Some players retreated into the locker room, but others remained in the dining area or pro shop, which is normally off limits to the typical spectator during the tournament.
Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old amateur whose world fame skyrocketed after he made the cut at the Masters, remained with family and friends at a table in the corner of the restaurant and exchanged handshakes with a couple fans who noticed him.
The eighth-grader had planned to return to China after the Masters, but then received a late-hour invitation to play in New Orleans, where he'd spent a month last summer working on his game at the invitation of a family friend who lives in the area.
Guan arrived in New Orleans right after the Masters, and last weekend helped out at a youth golf clinic at Lakewood Golf Club, which hosted the area's PGA event from 1963 to 1988, and where past winners included all-time greats Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw.
Now Guan is expected to have a sizable local following.
"I want to enjoy the week like the Masters and hopefully make the cut," Guan said. "If not, it's still a great experience."