AUGUSTA, Ga. — Doug Ghim’s dream weekend continues.
Sure, he didn’t score as well as he’d like, but he posted yet another eagle — his third of the Masters — and continues to pile up the trophies in his first Masters appearance.
“I’m glad to bring some hardware home,” Ghim, a Texas Longhorns senior and the U.S. Amateur runner-up, said Saturday afternoon after his 74 to escalate to 6 over par for the tournament. “I understand I’ve got a lot of work to do to ever contend for a green jacket.”
Ghim clinched the Silver Cup as the low amateur and the only one of the six amateurs to make the cut. He knows that puts him in distinguished company, joining two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, a former Longhorn, as well as defending champion Sergio Garcia and four-time winner Tiger Woods.
“I knew Mr. Crenshaw had won it here two times,” said Ghim, who will turn pro after the U.S. Open in June. “(2016 low amateur from SMU) Bryson DeChambeau’s a friend. He told me today I was his pick to be low amateur, so he thanked me for making him look smart. Winning the Silver Cup is the most honorable thing I’ve done as a golfer.”
Ghim had a most unusual day with six bogeys, two birdies and the eagle on 13 when he flushed a 5-iron to within 25 feet and then sank the uphill putt.
He beamed over the achievement but said the company here keeps him grounded.
“I was looking at the stats in the clubhouse, at the different categories to check where I was,” Ghim said. “That’ll get you humbled real quickly.”
Another former Longhorn, Jhonattan Vegas, had a remarkably consistent third round Saturday. Playing in his third Masters, the 33-year-old Venezuelan posted his first round in the 60s Friday with a 69 and shot even-par 72 in his third round. He birdied the par-3 sixth hole and the par-5 13th and had just two bogeys, on Nos. 7 and 17, to wind up where he started at 2 over par.
Dylan Frittelli, here at the Masters for the first time, didn’t play well enough to stick around for the weekend but missed the cut by only six strokes. He shot 77-74 and finished 7 over par to tie for 58th. The low 50 and those within 10 strokes of leader Patrick Reed qualified for Saturday play.
But he was tied with 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett and four strokes better than other Masters winners such as Garcia and Mike Weir.
“I had a wonderful time,” Frittelli said Saturday. “There wasn’t anything that wasn’t spectacular. You gain a lot of experience playing here multiple times, and I never knew that until you play it the first time. I definitely learned a lot, and I can see myself excelling here after learning how to play the greens and hitting irons into specific locations.”
He ranked 44th in driving accuracy Friday, hitting eight of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens in regulation. He concluded play in his first Masters with only four birdies and just two in eight cracks at the par-5 holes.
“It’s a pity I couldn’t play on the weekend,” Frittelli said. “The biggest thing for me was the conditions of the golf course, how quick the grass was, how firm the greens are. Those were the things I hadn’t anticipated, how steep and fast the greens are and the different lies in the rough.”
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