Plenty to smile about: Smylie Kaufman’s postcard from the Masters _lowres

Smylie Kaufman (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Former LSU golfer Smylie Kaufman made his debut at the Masters this week and shared his thoughts on the tournament with The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais daily in Augusta:

It was just a tough day.

It could have been a different day. Making that putt on No. 1 would have been huge for me, but you never know what is going to happen.

It was so cool. That last round really stunk, but just the crowd and how loud it was, the roars. I got to watch Jordan (Spieth) handle the pressure and just see what it was kind of like. So I’m going to try to build on it moving forward and I’ll see what I can do in the coming years here.

Obviously I’ve never felt something like that before. I think I got into my own head a little bit. I think I got into my own head a little bit with the putter. But everything else was awesome. I loved the atmosphere. I think it’s something I’ll thrive in one day.

It looked like (Spieth) just came out of it a little bit (tee shot on 12). There were a couple of swings where he just came out of it a little today, but he putted unbelievable. If he had putted for me, I would have had a great day.

I was really cheering for Jordan as a buddy, and it’s kind of unfortunate what happened. It just kind of stunk to watch it, but we both kind of struggled. He played great that front nine, but it was just kind of a weird day for both of us.

I can’t speak for Jordan, I just worry about what I did. It wasn’t a great day for me, but I’m going to try to build on what I can do.