Amateur Oliver Goss enjoys birthday at Masters

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After Oliver Goss finished with par at Augusta Na­tion­al on Saturday, he was serenaded with an enthusiastic rendition of Happy Birthday from the gallery.

It was a day to celebrate for Goss, the last amateur standing at the 78th Masters.

Goss had some trouble on the front nine, with two double bogeys, but the 20-year-old was solid on the second nine on his way to 4-over par 76.

Goss stands at 7-over par for the tournament and already has earned a spot in But­ler Cabin, where he will receive the silver cup as the tournament’s low amateur.

“It means a lot for me. I’m really, really proud of that,” said Goss, who had birdies on Nos. 2 and 13. “To know that I’m going to be in Butler Ca­bin on Sunday is huge. And I honestly don’t think it’s quite hit me yet, just trying to focus on my round ahead.”

Goss double-bogeyed the first and seventh holes, then bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11.

“The greens are a lot firmer than I realized,” he said.

On No. 7, Goss misjudged the wind and sailed the green on his approach. He got back on and had a 6-footer for par, but three-putted from there.

He was asked whether it was hard to get motivated Satur­day when he had already accomplished a goal of being the low amateur.

“No, it’s the Masters,” Goss said. “If you can’t get motivated for the Masters, I don’t know what you’re doing.”

It’s been a memorable week for Goss, a University of Ten­nessee sophomore from Australia who qualified as the runner-up at the U.S. Ama­teur. The galleries of Augusta have embraced him.

“I’ve got some Tennessee Volun­teer fans … and a lot of Australian fans,” he said. “I feel like the crowd is backing me and supporting me, which means a lot.”


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