AUGUSTA, Ga. It’s one of the more treacherous holes at Augusta National, and the par-3 12th grabbed two victims Sunday when Bubba Watson and Kevin Na carded 10s.
The 12th, tucked in the back of Amen Corner with a green protected by Rae’s Creek, is notorious for its swirling, unpredictable winds.
It took Na four tries to make it over the water, and things didn’t get much better after that.
“I went for the flag, (which) obviously you’re not supposed to,” said Na. “But I’m in the back of the field, trying to make a birdie, maybe a one. I hit a bad shot and I wanted to try it again and hit another bad one.
“Sadly, I hit (four) bad swings. The last one was no good, too. Trying to pull off a shot that is maybe a little low percentage, but I got nothing to lose.”
Na was told that Watson had also taken a 10 at No. 12.
“Did he really?” Na said. “Well, that makes me feel a little better.”
When Watson heard about Na’s 10, he said, “So we tied. If you’re not going to win, you’ve got to get in the record books somehow.”
Watson, the 2012 champ, ended the day with a 5-over 77. He was 7 over for the tournament at 295 – 17 shots worse than the 278 he shot a year ago. He had to stick around a few hours after he was finished so he could put the green jacket on the winner.
“When you come back here, you’re always a Masters champion,” said Watson. “So no matter what, it’s always going to be a blast when I come back here.”
• Chinese teen Tianlang Guan, 14, was the youngest player to compete in the Masters and he’s now the youngest low amateur. Guan, who was penalized one stroke for slow play Friday, shot a 3-over 75 Sunday to finish at 300, 12 over.
“It’s not easy to play here, to make the cut and be low amateur,” said Guan. “I think I did a pretty good job this week and can’t believe it’s over.”
Guan said he plans to remain an amateur. He will have to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur again to get back in the Masters in 2014.
• Myrtle Beach resident Dustin Johnson, who had a 2-under 70 Sunday for a four-day total of 287 (1 under and eight strokes back) is headed home Monday to play in the Hootie & The Blowfish Celebrity Pro-Am. He’s taking hockey great Wayne Gretzky with him. Johnson is dating Gretzky’s daughter.
• Phil Mickelson’s forgettable Masters ended with a 1-under 73. He finished tied for 54th.
“This was disappointing for me in that this is my favorite place in the world to play,” said Mickelson, a three-time Masters champion. “This is my favorite place to be, my favorite tournament and one I look forward to playing the day after it ends.”
By the numbers
4: Masters victories for Stevie Williams, Adam Scott’s caddie (he was on Tiger Woods’ bag for three others).
8: Consecutive rounds of 70-plus by Woods at Masters (shot 67 on Sunday in 2011.)
9: Sudden-death playoffs in Masters history.
“In China, you didn’t take class; they give you the class.” – Guan, when asked what classes he is taking in school.
“You’ve got to be controlled and not take too much on.” – Rory McIlroy, on how to play the Masters.
“Shoot 65.” – Woods, on what he thought he would need to win Sunday (he shot 70).
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