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:
I battled well. I just had four or five things I don’t normally do happen in this round: a three putt, a couple of bogeys with wedges, bogeyed a par-5. Overall I think I’m playing well.
I had trouble off the tee on 13, but I had a nice punch out of the trees and made birdie. It’s a tough shot for me right to left. It’s difficult for me to get it turned over, especially in a left to right wind. I just came out of it and hit it right.
The course played hard today. There’s way to sugar coat it. There’s trouble at every corner. Some of the greens were firm, some of them were kind of soft. It was tough to judge them now and then the way they were bouncing. But it was a good test of golf. You really had to think your way around the course.
It was fun playing Amen Corner. It was game time, so I wasn’t in awe of it. I just tried to execute. The gusts had to be going up to at least 20 mph today. That’s tough around this place.
It’s a fine line line. There are some precision shots you have to pull off. It requires you to really be on top of your game. I had a couple of shots that got to me that I just need to clean up.