Born in England and raised in Australia, Oliver Goss will be making his first Masters Tournament appearance this year, by virtue of his runner-up finish in the 2013 U.S. Amateur. But the trip to Augusta will not be an arduous one, for the lanky long-hitter is currently studying at the University of Tennessee and playing on the Volunteers golf team. He has spent the past couple of years near the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking and produced several strong performances, winning the Western Australia Amateur as well as the third college tournament he ever entered and finishing in the top 10 of the Asia-Pacific Amateur the past two years. He will turn 20 on April 12 (third round of the Masters), and he has agreed to share his thoughts with Masters.com’s John Steinbreder.
It was amazing today to finally put all the hard work I have done here at Augusta National the last few months to use, and to play my first competitive round in the Masters.
It’s funny, but growing up, every tournament you play in, you imagine yourself playing in the Masters. And now that I am finally playing in the Masters, I am doing all I can to treat it like any other tournament.
Of course, I was nervous at the start.
My first drive ended up on the 9th fairway, and even though I managed to hit my approach onto the first green, I then three-putted. Then I had a string of three bogeys in a row, on Nos. 5, 6 and 7, and I found myself struggling with the wind again. It was really swirling.
But a birdie on the 8th hole settled me down a bit. And after parring the 10th, 11th and 12th holes, I birdied 13. I finished with a 76, which is a decent score. And I need to post a real good one tomorrow to be in the mix.
I slept really well last night before my round. I bet I got eight or nine hours. It was great, and a lot better than I did before the finals of the U.S. Amateur last summer. I was really restless that evening and dozed for maybe an hour, but no more.
Somebody asked me if there was anything I learned out there today that would help me Friday. And as far as I am concerned, everything today helps me tomorrow.