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

Smylie Kaufman (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Former LSU golfer Smylie Kaufman, making his debut at the Masters this week, will share his thoughts on the tournament with The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais daily in Augusta:

It was fun playing the Par-3 contest. Following Gary (Player), Jack (Nicklaus) and Tom (Watson) was super cool. Gary made a hole-in-one on seven, then we got there and Zach (Johnson) made one, too.

I thought that was going to be the moment I would remember, being there for Zach’s hole-in-one. On eight I really felt good over it, hit a good shot with a 52-degree gap wedge about 10 feet past the hole. I knew if it kept coming it was going to go in.

Over the putts I was trying to be comfortable. The greens on the par-3 course roll pretty close to what they do on the big course.

It’s been some long days here. I’m a little tired. I’m going to put my feet up, relax, get hydrated and get in the mentality of playing a tough golf course. My game feels good. Each day I’ve gotten more comfortable with the golf course and how it’s going to play.

I’m driving it well, holing putts from inside 10 feet. If I can put the ball in good spots on the greens and in the good spots around the greens to get up and down, hopefully I can make lots of birdies and pars. Should be able to wake up and be ready to go.