REARDON: Masters Sunday Notebook
AUGUSTA, Ga. (KMOX) — In 1992 “Sir” Nick Faldo won the Open Championship at this year’s site Muirfield. After the win Sports Illustrated’s John Garrity asked the Englishman about his schedule in the coming weeks. Faldo said he was going to Africa to play ion the Moroccan Open and another event on the continent. Taken aback by the choice Garrity asked why those events. Faldo told him he wanted to get ‘weather acclimated’ for the PGA Championship in St. Louis.
Veteran golf fans will recall when the tournament began the temperatures dropped and Faldo, yet to be knighted, was looking for any extra clothing he could wear. He finished second to Nick Price by three strokes.
It was a full week for 14 year-old amateur Tianlang Guan, including the slow play penalty. He shot rounds of 73-77-77-75 for a twelve over total. He offered a lesson for how to play Augusta National when you don’t have the length. For the week he had zero three putt greens and zero double bogeys. His six birdies were not enough to erase his eighteen bogeys but got him a seat in Butler Cabin when the proceedings were wrapping up.
Augusta’s So Much Easier
Kevin Na has spent more than enough time on the dark side of golf. He went through a stretch of golf where finding a way to take the club back was an ordeal. He became a YouTube sensation when he set a PGA Tour ‘record’ with a 16 on a par four hole at the Texas Open. On Sunday at the par 3 twelfth he found double digits again with a ten.
Later in the round reigning Masters Champion added his own one putt ten at twelve.
Dan Reardon is Golf Editor at KMOX. He can be heard throughout the week on America’s Sports Voice.