Hoffman makes hay in Augusta comfort zone

"My putter is going well this time and hopefully that will continue", said Hoffman.

Notes & quotes. U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad, who moved to NY after he graduated from USC and plays out of Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, was the low amateur at 2-over-par 74. In all that time, has the ace of a World Series team or the quarterback of the Super Bowl favorite ever disabled himself accidentally within 24 hours of one of the biggest days of his life? To have a freak accident happen yesterday afternoon, it sucks.

"It (stinks). It (stinks) really bad", he said.

Johnson got as far as the putting green between the clubhouse and the first tee. After taking a few swings on the driving range, he knew it would be tough to compete.

"I know I did my best out there and I gritted it out, and I would have ripped someone's hand off for a 72 on the 10th tee".

Johnson went the opposite way. I was just wearing my socks. "Last night, it was ice, heat, ice".

"Little things like that make it unnerving for you but for me I managed to get the putter going". I had it worked on all morning. Johnson warmed up for his 2:03 p.m. starting time but said he couldn't make his normal swing.

But his week took a dramatic turn Wednesday. It was raining and Johnson went to move the auto in anticipation of his son, Tatum, coming home from day care.

"I enjoy the challenge and I've had success in the wind like San Antonio", said Hoffman, recalling the windy conditions he won in at the 2016 Texas Open. "But there were only three steps. It actually would have been better if it had been the first set of stairs ... but it was only three [stairs], so I landed right on the bottom". "The left side of my lower back took the brunt of it and my left elbow is bruised as well".

Those who played Thursday had trouble believing anyone could. Just it feels good when I'm on the greens and on the tees and hitting shots into the green.

The world's finest golfers continually appeared to choose the wrong club, and stared at their caddies in disbelief as their shots and putts ended up way off line.

William McGirt, a journeyman whose biggest win of his professional career came at last year's Memorial at Muirfield in OH, bumped into Memorial tournament host Jack Nicklaus on Tuesday at Augusta National.

He made a couple of early bogeys and turned at 2 under, a number that would've been near the lead.

Adam Scott said it was "really sad" and that it must have "really hurt" for Johnson to sacrifice a shot at the Masters. Golf.com cited an unnamed source two years later as saying Johnson had been suspended for a positive cocaine test. His management denied that he had been suspended.

The 32-year-old American rose to No. 1 in the world rankings and became the first player in more than 40 years to enter the Masters on a three-tournament winning streak.

That put him at 4 over with three holes to play.

"You're not going to try to squeeze much out of the round today", Rickie Fowler.

"I've got a lot of confidence in my game right now, especially with the way I've been playing the last few tournaments", Johnson said Tuesday.

  • Julie Sanders