AUGUSTA, Ga. — Patrick Reed had a hole-in-one early in Sunday’s final round of the Masters, but not the kind you’d like to make.
On the par-5 second, Reed hit his 3-wood off the tee and felt something strange.
“It felt like there was no golf ball,” Reed said. “I looked down and the entire face of my club was caved in.
“I could see all the way inside the (club) head.”
Unable to replace the damaged club, Reed had to play the final 16 holes with just 13 clubs. He figured under normal circumstances he would have hit the club at least five more times during the round.
Despite that handicap, Reed came home with a 70, tying his best round of the week, to finish in a tie for 22nd at 2-under par.
“It was an OK week,” the former University High golfer said. “I know I need to work off stuff. I still need to work on consistency with the putter and off the tee.”
Reed missed the cut in 2014 in his first Masters appearance.
Scott: One of those weeks
Bubba Watson was never a factor this week in defense of his second Masters title, finishing in a tie for 38th at 1 over.
His caddy, Lafayette native Ted Scott, said his man played well but never got the breaks he needed.
“Rub of the green kind of week,” Scott said. “The ball lipped out, plugged in the bunker, things like that.
“Bubba kept a good attitude, which is the main thing. You’re in Augusta, so if you’re going to have a round of golf where you don’t play as well as you want, this is the place you want to be.”
After the defending champion put the green jacket on Jordan Spieth, Watson and Scott jetted off for a tournament this week in China.
Masters all mental for Noh
Defending Zurich Classic of New Orleans champion Seung-Yul Noh enjoyed his first Masters tournament.
Now he’d like a couple of aspirin.
“There’s a lot of thinking out here,” Noh said after tying Watson for 38th at 1 over. “You have to try to find a good spot every time. One shot missed at Augusta National is like a one-shot penalty. You can make bogey or double.
“I’m a little tired from all the thinking about, ‘Where’s the good spot?’ But a lot of fun.”
After a slow start to his season, Noh said he feels his game is rounding into shape two weeks from the Zurich.
“Every day it’s getting a little better,” Noh said. “Hopefully I can (successfully) defend my title.”
A 2 for two
Reed’s playing partner, Sangmoon Bae, holed out for an eagle 2 on the par-4 14th hole, helping him tie for 33rd at even par after a 1 under 71.
“I had 170 yards to the hole and hit an 8-iron with a little bit of draw,” Bae said. “I expected it to be three or four feet (from the hole) but it went in.”
Every player who makes eagle at the Masters receives a pair of crystal goblets.
Twenty-four players committed to play in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, April 23-26 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, were in this week’s Masters field.
Of those, 12 made the cut, including co-runner up Justin Rose. Recent commitment Dustin Johnson tied for sixth.
Bae is committed to play in the Zurich but still undecided.
The deadline to enter the tournament is Friday.
Watson, who won the Zurich in 2011, is not expected to play.
The Masters is always contested the first full week of April. Here are the official dates for the next three years:
- April 7-10, 2016
- April 6-9, 2017
- April 5-8, 2018
Also, the third annual Drive, Chip & Putt Championship will be held Sunday, April 3 at Augusta National Golf Club.
Local qualifiers in Louisiana will be held June 16 at The Island CountryClub in Plaquemine and June 30 at Oak Wing Golf Club in Alexandria. A sub-regional (second round) qualifier will be held Aug. 4 at TPC Louisiana.
The last word
“He’s as tough as an old Texas snake boot.”
— CBS announcer David Feherty on Spieth