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 is great to finally be in Augusta for the Masters. I got in Friday afternoon and then went over to Augusta National for lunch with Jason Day, after which we played nine holes. We played the first nine because that is the nine with which I am least comfortable, and I wanted to get Jason’s input as to the best way to play it. He had lots of good advice and really helped me out. Like on the 5th hole, where we talked about the perfect drive being in the middle of the fairway on top of the hill on that very hard par-4. Now, I figure I will hit a soft 3-wood from the tee there during the tournament, something not so long that it will run in to those tough bunkers on the left.
By the way, Jason played great. He was just tearing it up, even though he has not been playing due to his thumb injury.
After golf Saturday, I headed over to watch my teammates from Tennessee play in a tournament at Augusta State. It was good to see everyone, and they did pretty well, finishing 10th.
Sunday, I played nine holes by myself. This time, I played the second nine, and I hit it pretty good. I parred 10 and 11 and birdied 12, 13 and 15. Afterwards, I spent a couple of hours working on my putting. I really concentrated on my speeds, especially from six feet and in, because there is so much break in the greens and they are so fast.
I came out to the course today hoping to practice and play. I spent about an hour on the practice tee hitting drives, because you need to do a little bit of shaping on each of your tee shots here. I need to hit high draws on Nos. 2, 9, 10, 13 and 14 and then little fades on Nos. 1, 8, 11, 15 and 18. So that is what I worked on. But then it started to rain, and they closed the course before I was able to get out there. That’s when I headed back to the house I am staying in here. My plans for the afternoon call for homework. I have some political science work to do and also some things in anthropology and computer science, and I need to take advantage of the extra time I suddenly have to do that. I am still in college, when means I still have to do homework. Even at the Masters.