Born in England and raised in Australia, Oliver Goss is 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 turned 20 on Saturday, and he shared his third-round thoughts with Masters.com’s John Steinbreder.
It was not until late yesterday afternoon that I found out I was Low Amateur and the only amateur to make the cut, and it is really hard to describe how much that means to me. I am really proud of that accomplishment, especially in my first Masters, and it is a real thrill knowing I will be in Butler Cabin Sunday night.
As for my round today, I ended up shooting another 76. I tried to play exactly as I had earlier in the week, and I actually hit the ball very well. But I made a couple of serious mental mistakes on a couple of holes, and I really paid for them, because they led to doubles. I did have a couple of birdies, at the 2nd and 13th, and two bogeys, on 10 and 11. Otherwise, it was all pars.
I found the greens a lot firmer today than I expected. On the first hole, I hit a chip from the front of the green, and it ended up rolling off the back, which was completely dead with the back left pin. So, I took a 6 there. And on No. 7, I went over the back of the green, and after chipping back on, I needed three putts to complete the hole, which led to another double.
I have to say that I am really tired right now. I have been here since last Friday, and it has been exhausting mentally and physically. I have been getting a lot of attention from the media, too, and that is something I am not used to at all. But it has been a lot of fun.
It is my 20th birthday today, and I must have heard a couple hundred Happy Birthdays out on the course today. Then, a bunch of patrons sang Happy Birthday to me as I came onto the 18th green. It was really nice, and I appreciate all the support.
Yes, we will be doing something for my birthday tonight, but what, I am not exactly sure. I have nothing planned, but I think my family probably does.