By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Going low on Sunday at Augusta National might be cause for a big celebration -- and possibly a Green Jacket. But for Bo Van Pelt, who had failed to break par in the first three rounds, his 8-under 64 meant merely a great finish to an otherwise disappointing week.
"We'd all like to pick and choose when we have a good round, but we don't get to do that," Van Pelt said after signing for his 64, which ties for the lowest final round in Masters history. "So you've just got to keep trying to do the same things week in and week out, trying to get better, and then some days you shoot 64 on the first day and you don't end up winning the golf tournament.
"You don't get to pick and choose your good days and your good weeks. For me I knew I was close, closer than what my scores had shown the first three days, so it's nice to put a good one together going into next week."
Van Pelt's round included birdies at the 5th, 8th, 14th and 18th holes, an eagle at the par-5 13th, and an ace at the 16th using a 6-iron.
It's the second consecutive Sunday at Augusta National in which he's posted 2-under scores on two holes on the back nine. Last year, he eagled the par-5 13th and 15th holes en route to a 2-under 70 and a tie for eighth.
Van Pelt had all the momentum last year as he reached the 16th tee, but he bogeyed the hole and fell back down the leaderboard. This time, he took what he learned last year and came up with an ace.
"I reminded myself to be more aggressive on my line," Van Pelt. "That's kind of what I learned last year, instead of aiming for the slope, the wind was coming off the left, and I told myself to make sure I aimed it at the flag because I knew I wasn't going to miss it left, so I just kind of took what I learned last year and it ended up being a perfect spot."
After shooting 73-75-75 in the first three days, Van Pelt was asked what the difference was on Sunday after finishing the week at 1 under, which should put him inside the top 20.
"I just finally got in a good rhythm throughout the rest of my bag," he said. "My driver had been great all week. ... Today just the pace of my putter was better and the pace of my irons was better."
LOWEST FINAL ROUNDS AT THE MASTERS
|64||Maurice Bembridge||1974||Tied for 9th|
|64||Hale Irwin||1975||Tied for 4th|
|64||Greg Norman||1988||Tied for 5th|
|64||David Toms||1998||Tied for 5th|
|65||Bo Van Pelt||2011||TBD|