Former Georgia Tech golfer Matt Kuchar had his career-best finish at the Masters, finishing in a tie for third. His previous best was his memorable 21st-place finish as an amateur in 1998. A double-bogey on the ninth hole Sunday derailed his attempt at the title. He finished at 8 under, two shots out of the playoff.
“We thought we were going to grab a green jacket,” Matt’s father Peter Kuchar told my colleague Doug Roberson. “He played so well from Thursday to Sunday. He made that double at 9 and he just fought back like a champ. He’s got so much heart.”
If you’re wondering, Kuchar and champion Bubba Watson from Georgia overlapped one season, 2000.
Making his first Masters cut since 2008, Stewart Cink finished in a tie for 50th, recovering from an 81 on Saturday with a five-birdie 69 on Sunday. Augusta hasn’t been kind to Cink over the years. In 15 starts, he has two top-10 finishes. Cink will have two more exemptions into the Masters via his 2009 British Open championship.
On the 25th anniversary of his famous sudden-death chip-in, Larry Mize missed the cut by shooting 7 over through the first two rounds.