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April 8 2011

7:03 PM

Immelman victimized by Amen Corner

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM Managing Editor

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- After 10 holes on Friday, Trevor Immelman was on the front page of the Masters leaderboard and looking to continue his rise toward the leaders.

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Of course, that's when he started Amen Corner.

Immelman found the water with his second shot at the par-4 11th, his 6 iron riding too much wind, and had to get up-and-down just for bogey. Then he struck what he thought was a good tee shot at the par-3 12th, only to see his ball roll back into the trap. Another bogey.

Then, he failed to birdie the par-5 13th, and thus left Amen Corner having harmed his chances at a second Green Jacket.

"I kind of went through a little funny patch there," said Immelman, the 2008 Masters champ.

He was certainly not laughing two holes later when he three-putted the par-5 15th, the easiest hole on the course. Unlike the day before when he was 3 under on the par 5s (thanks to an eagle and a birdie), Immelman was 1 over on the par 5s on Friday, failing to take advantage of Augusta’s scoring holes.

Even so, his second-round 73 (after an opening 69) leaves him at 2 under for the tournament. That at least should give him a fighting chance on the weekend.

Still, it could've -- maybe should've -- been better.

"I actually felt like I played better than yesterday," Immelman said, "and shot four shots worse. Definitely if I would have made a few more putts there, that might have got myself a little closer to the lead."

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