U.S. Amateur Champion, Runner-up Make
Cut At Masters
April 9, 2005
By Dave Shedloski
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Amateurs made their presence felt Saturday at the
69th Masters Tournament as Ryan Moore and Luke List not only made
the cut but turned quite a few heads.
Moore, the reigning U.S. Amateur and U.S. Public Links champion,
the only player to ever win both in the same season, was on the
leaderboard for the first two-plus days of the rain-interrupted
championship. He shot a pair of 1-under-par 71s at famed Augusta
National Golf Club and completed 36 holes at 142, tied for sixth
place in the 92-player field.
He was joined on the weekend by Luke List, whom he defeated in the
Amateur final. List rebounded from an opening 77 with a 3-under 69
to end up at 2-over 146.
Impressive work, considering only six amateurs had made the cut in
the last five years. Two amateurs, 2003 Amateur runner-up Casey
Wittenberg and 2003 APL champion Brandt Snedeker, also made the cut
last year, with Wittenberg finishing tied for 13th and earning
another invitation this year.
|List, en route to finishing runner-up at last year's
U.S. Amateur, scrambled to make the cut at the Masters. (USGA
"I'm psyched, I'm really pumped, and now we'll see
if I can get myself into red numbers," said List, 20, who
played with 1992 champion Fred Couples after his second round, in
which he got as low as 4 under. "I took a lot of momentum from
how I played (Friday), even though my score wasn't that good.
That 77 didn't seem right."
Not as fortunate were the other two amateur invitees. Austin Eaton
III, the U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, came in with 81-77-158 to miss
the cut by 10 strokes. Six strokes adrift of Eaton was British Am
champ Stuart Wilson of Forfar, Scotland, who struggled with a pair
"I'm pretty unhappy with my game. I enjoyed the course and
the company, but I never gave myself a chance. It was just a
struggle," said Wilson, 27, who was so disheartened that he
added, "if someone told me I wouldn't play golf the rest
of my life, I wouldn't be unhappy."
His father caddieing for him, the 35-year-old Eaton would have
liked to have scored better. But his mood was notably more upbeat
than Wilson's. "It's been an amazing week, better than
I could have ever imagined," he said. "The weather,
it's been tough, but it hasn't dulled the experience at
Moore, a former UNLV All-American, who also has won the NCAA
championship and the Western Amateur last year, came into the
tournament believing he could contend for the title. His start was
impressive, going 16 holes in the first round before making a
bogey, the longest streak of par or better on Thursday.
Asked if he was in awe playing in the Masters with the defending
champion, Phil Mickelson, the 22-year-old Moore said: "I
don't know what amateurs are. I'm just being me.
"I don't feel out of place or feel in awe of myself being
(on the leaderboard). I'm just playing golf, doing the things I
need to do to be in contention. I'm playing really
Unfortunately, the long days caused by inclement weather and delays
seemed to catch up to both players. Moore, who almost made the cut
in the 2003 Masters, dropped back a bit after a double-bogey at the
par-4 10th hole. He was 2 over in his round, even par for the
championship through 11 holes of the third round. He is tied for
List has one hole to play in the third round Sunday morning when
play resumes at 8 a.m. After posting 40 on his opening nine, which
began on the 10th tee, he is 5 over and 7 over for the tournament.
Dave Shedloski is a free-lance writer