Wednesday 13 December 2017

Rookie Green reveal ace

The Masters crowd had to wait only two shots for a hole-in-one on the short 16th at Augusta yesterday as a sign of the excitement to come on the final day.

Australian debutant Nathan Green became the 12th player in the history of the tournament to ace the hole -- and it followed another eagle from him at the long 13th.

The blows did at least enable Green to end on a high note. He shot 80 in the third round and had just triple-bogeyed the short 12th to go to 17 over par.

Eventually, the 34-year-old finished with a 75 for 14 over, but his name was now in the record books. Padraig Harrington and Ian Poulter are among the other 11 to have holed-in-one on the 16th, where the pin was in its traditional Sunday position of back left.

In contrast, there has only ever been one ace on the fourth -- by Jeff Sluman in 1992 -- four on the sixth and three at the 12th.

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