Early ace an Augusta omen?

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The ace could have been a a sign that Sunday’s final round of the Masters would be something special.

The ace could have been a a sign that Sunday’s final round of the Masters would be something special.
Part of the sell-out crowd saw the first player to tee off on Sunday nail a hole-in-one on Augusta National Golf Club’s short 16th.
Australian debutant Nathan Green became the 12th player in the history of the tournament to ace the hole – and it followed another eagle from him at the long 13th.
The blows did at least enable Green to end on a high note. He shot 80 in the third round and had just triple-bogeyed the short 12th to go to 17 over par.
Eventually the 34-year-old finished with a 75 for 14 over, but his name was now in the record books.
Padraig Harrington and Ian Poulter are among the other 11 to have aced the 16th, where the pin was in its traditional Sunday position of back left.
In contrast, there has only ever been one ace on the fourth – by Jeff Sluman in 1992 – four on the sixth and three at the 12th.
American Scott Verplank showed what was possible by going to the turn in a four under 32 to leap to one under and joint 17th, but that was 11 strokes shy of overnight leader Lee Westwood.
England’s world number four, making his 50th attempt to win a major, led overnight by one from two-time champion Phil Mickelson, with the returning Tiger Woods and Korean KJ Choi three shots further back in a tie for third.
Sixteen-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero, the youngest player ever in The Masters, covered the first 11 holes on Sunday in one over to be five over for the tournament.
Manassero, who makes his professional debut next month, was joint 38th, which was matching the position Sergio Garcia achieved as the last British amateur champion to survive the halfway cut.
You have to go back to 1937 and the fourth Masters for a better performance than that by a European amateur. England’s Francis Francis was 28th that year.

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