One other Masters miss has Rickie Fowler feeling extra assured


AUGUSTA, Ga. — Rickie Fowler, who completed tied for ninth on the Masters on Sunday after being the runner-up final yr, continues to knock on the door as he tries to win his first main.

“I like this place,’’ he stated. “I’ve acquired a [green] jacket coming quickly, simply not this yr. I really feel like I’ve gotten to know this place very well and gave myself an excellent likelihood a number of occasions right here. And it’s only a matter of time. I do know I can get it executed right here.’’

When Tiger Woods and his caddie Joe LaCava celebrated Woods’ win on the 18th inexperienced, LaCava referred to as it one of the vital “particular moments’’ of his profession.

“He was typical Tiger,’’ LaCava stated. “He stated, ‘We did it,’ and I stated, ‘No, you probably did it. You performed nice.’ ’’

LaCava stated he reached out to Woods final week to recommend going to Augusta sooner than deliberate.

“Final week I texted him and stated, ‘How about we rise up there on Sunday afternoon with no one round and chip and putt on one of many nines,’ ’’ LaCava stated. “At the moment, I believed that was the a part of his recreation that wanted essentially the most work. I may inform as soon as he took that to coronary heart, he was like, ‘I’ve started working on my brief recreation a little bit extra and I’ve acquired to get after it.’ ’’
Requested if Woods shed any tears in his celebration, LaCava stated, “There may be some tears tonight, as a result of he’s fairly emotional, however he’s extra jacked up at this time than he was emotional. He’s fairly emotional and fairly jacked up, and he thinks behind his thoughts lots of people doubted him. I don’t take a look at it that approach. He’s not attempting to show folks unsuitable, he’s simply comfortable that he gained.’’

Bryson DeChambeau, earlier this week, revealed that he’d by no means gotten a hole-in-one — in event play and even recreationally. On Sunday, he aced the 16th gap for his first.

“Lastly,’’ he stated. “I knew one thing was going to occur this week, I didn’t know what it was going to be. Clearly, taking pictures 66 the primary spherical I believed it was going to be one thing much more particular, however I used to be in a position to make a 1, my first 1 — on 16. I knew again three years in the past I stated to my caddie and to everybody in my camp, ‘I’m going to make a hole-‑in-‑one right here sooner or later,’ and positive sufficient it was my first one three years later.’’

Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters winner, by no means acquired it going over the weekend.
“It simply didn’t fairly all come collectively this week, however it’s my favourite week of the yr,’’ he stated. “I like being right here and I like the truth that I get to be part of this event for the remainder of my life.’’

Of the 4 amateurs who superior to the weekend (essentially the most since 1999), U.S. Newbie champion Viktor Hovland, who completed tied for 32nd at 3-under, gained the Silver Cup as low newbie, one stroke forward of Alvaro Ortiz, winner of the 2019 Latin America Newbie and brother of PGA Tour skilled Carlos Ortiz.

Hovland stated this week confirmed him that “I belong,’’ and stated being low newbie was a “cherry on the highest’’ of a particular week.

9 previous Masters champions accomplished 72 holes: Trevor Immelman (T51), Zach Johnson (T58), Bernhard Langer (T62), Mickelson (T18), defending champion Patrick Reed (T36), Adam Scott (T18), Jordan Spieth (T21), Bubba Watson (T12) and, after all, Woods.

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