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Posted April 4, 2012, 5:23 pm
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Falcons quarterback caddies at Augusta National

Matt Ryan helped Stewart Cink in Par-3 Tournament


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said today that he’s ready to start playing football again after a restful offseason.

But there was still time to make a visit to Augusta National Golf Club and caddie for his friend, Stewart Cink, in the Par-3 Contest before the Masters Tournament.

“(Cink) kind of reached out to me, asked me if I’d be willing to do it,” Ryan said. “I said, ‘Are you crazy? Am I willing to do it? Of course I’ll do it.’ ”

Ryan, who has played a few rounds with Cink, has played at Augusta National but had not been there before on tournament week. He joins other celebrity caddies such as tennis star Andy Roddick last year and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, who carried the bag this year for Bubba Watson.

“It’s awesome, specifically the Par-3,” Ryan said. “What a cool event to be able to see the fans. It’s great for the players, great for the patrons. It’s fun to be a part of.

“(Cink is) a good guy, a good friend, and I enjoyed spending some time with him today.”

Cink let Ryan take a tee shot, which he blasted “way too far to the right.”

“Luckily, he still let me putt it,” Ryan said. “I got to redeem myself. I made the putt.”