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Masters Notebook: Gary Woodland matches mark

Woodland matches mark

Gary Woodland’s 30 on the front nine Saturday tied a Masters record set by four players – Johnny Miller (1970), Greg Norman (1988), K.J. Choi (2004) and Phil Mickelson (2009).

A former Division II basketball player at Washburn (Kan.) who transferred to Kansas to play golf, Woodland ended with a 3-under 69 for a three-day total of 216 and is five strokes behind leaders Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth. The highlight of his round was an eagle on the par-5 second hole.

“I was in a groove,” said Woodland. “I mean, I had it going.”

The back nine was another story, with Woodland shooting 3-over 39. He was visibly annoyed with himself after a bogey on No. 18.


“I thought (Knox) was going to be nice and three-putt the (18th hole) and we would have a halve,” said McIlroy. “He obviously knows this place so well and gets (the ball) around. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone putt as well as he does here. I was thinking of maybe letting him read a few of my putts.”

“If you are 50, it doesn’t mean you cannot play well,” said the pony-tailed Jimenez, 50, who is known to enjoy a post-round cigar and glass of wine. “I’m still moving. I’m still flexible. I still hit the ball longer than ever. I’m competitive, you know.”

His advice for younger golfers?

“Enjoy what you are doing,” he said. “Make exercise to be healthy, not to get overdoing. (Don’t) get injured and smile, because you can’t forget to smile on the golf course.”


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