Luke Donald, No. 16, birdie: The former world No. 1 player finished in a tie for 25th after a routine 72. He did finish strong with a back-nine 34 that included a blast out of the bunker that went long of the hole and then trickled back down the slope and into the hole.
He admitted afterward that he has some doubts about winning on the Augusta National course because of its length, but unlike Sergio Garcia whose self-doubt is super-sized, Donald says he thinks he still has the game to do it.
“I think it’s always going to be tougher for a guy that hits it my distance. As important as the short game is around here, some shots, no matter how good, you just can’t get it close. So going into these greens with less club, as I said, the margins are very fine. If you’re going in with an 8-iron compared to a 5-iron, it makes it a little bit easier. But I still hold out hope. Seeing someone like Brandt Snedeker who has a similar game to me doing well, I have confidence that it will work out.”
Both defending champion Bubba Watson and Kevin Na took 10s on the par-3 12th. It’s not as if the hole was playing overly difficult. Only one other golfer in the field scored worse than “5”; Justin Rose took a “7”.
TWEET OF THE DAY
Geoff Ogilvy @geoffogilvy an Aussie who won the 2006 U.S. Open:
“I reckon it’s time for a beer #aussiepride #Masters”
NUMBER OF THE DAY
The average age of a Masters winner and the age of Adam Scott.
Major titles that Steve Williams has been on the bag as the caddie: 13 for Tiger Woods, and one for Adam Scott.
HE SAID IT
Greg Norman, the most famous Australian golfer in history, on Adam Scott as reported on the PGA Tour twitter account:
“I think he’ll go on and win more majors than any other Australian golfer. … Everybody questioned whether he could do it. We all knew it. The players know it.”
David Toms, who tied for 13th in the tournament and tied for the low round of the day at 67 with Michael Thompson, won’t play at Hilton Head as intended.
He said: “I forgot to commit. … It’s 100 percent on me. I had no idea until the transportation lady asked me this morning if I was driving my car to Hilton Head, and I said yes, and she said, well, you’re not in the field, and I’m like, oh, no, and then I checked the computer and I didn’t commit. I had no idea. I had a hotel reservation and everything. I haven’t done that in 20 years.”
U.S. Open: Merion Golf Club, East Course, Ardmore, Pa., June 13-16
British Open: Muirfield, Scotland, July 18-21
PGA Championship: Oak Hill Country Club, East Course, Rochester, N.Y. Aug. 8-11
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