A poor first nine in the last round of the Masters cost Hideki Matsuyama a chance at defending his low-amateur title on Sunday.
Patrick Cantlay, who trailed Matsuyama by six shots before the fourth round, shot an even-par 72 to finish the tournament 7 over par and win the Silver Cup given to the low amateur.
Matsuyama unexpectedly shot a 42 on the front nine – four shots higher than his worst nine during the week — on his way to an 8-over par 80. He finished 9 over par.
Kelly Kraft, the only other amateur to make the cut, shot an 80 to finish the tournament 18 over. He is turning pro on Monday.
Cantlay, a student at UCLA, bounced back from a nine on the par-5 No. 13 with an eagle on 15, and birdies on 16 and 17.
“Obviously there was an up-and-down round out there,” Cantlay said. “I had a bunch of highs and lows. But 72 is not too bad.”
– Doug Roberson, AJC