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 final-round thoughts with Masters.com’s John Steinbreder.
After I came in from my round today, I learned that I was the first Australian ever to win the Silver Cup for Low Amateur at the Masters. I really find that unbelievable, and it puts a perfect cap on what has been a perfect week.
I had a pretty good round today, finishing with a 75. That left me 10-over for the Tournament, and I have to be happy with that performance.
I liked that I ended with a par on 18. I was a little nervous on the tee there, thinking that this was my last hole of the Masters and wanting to finish well. And then I hit my drive into the trees. I was able to punch out, though, and make a nice up-and-down for my par.
I have mentioned a few times how tired I have been on a couple of occasions this week, and all that this Tournament has taken out of me mentally and physically makes me really admire the players who do this week in and week out. It also makes me realize how much you have to do to survive on tour. My feeling is that I really have to hit the cardio harder when I get back home.
Overall, I thought I played well on the second day and was just average the other days. So, it does make believe I can do well out here. I am definitely playing in the U.S. Open, and after that, I am going to get together with my team and talk about what is the right way to go from there.
Turning pro is certainly a consideration, but the timing on that is everything. We’ll have to see what will work best.
Speaking of the Open, I went to Pinehurst about a month ago for a practice round, and I could not believe how hard that course is. I have no real expectations on how I will do there. I just want to prepare and practice as well and hard as I did for the Masters.
A couple of people have asked me if I had a favorite hole out here, and I guess it would have to be the 12th. I parred it all four times, with either a 9-iron or a soft 8, and I had a good chance for birdie on each of those occasions, as well. As for the hardest hole, it has to be the 1st, which I doubled once and bogeyed twice. It had me all week.
I am going to do a little shopping in the pro shop now that I am done playing. I want all the souvenirs I can possibly get, and up to this point, I have been keeping everything I could get my hands on. Pencils. Scorecards. You name it. But I haven’t bought anything yet.
As for my birthday celebration last night, we had a really good one. My caddie, Brian Tam, came over with a friend, and my girlfriend, Jessie, got me a cake with a Masters flag on it. She organized the whole thing, and it was great.
So, I am now 20 years old, and it just blows my mind after playing in the Masters this week that the other 20-year-old in the Tournament is in the lead. I cannot even fathom how Jason Spieth has done that. Good for him.