AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Harris English got his first Masters week off to an ideal start Sunday — he made an ace on the 12th hole.
And it came with a little help from Brandt Snedeker.
They played a practice round with Augusta National members Dave Dorman and Toby Wilt, who teamed with Snedeker to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last year. When they got to the menacing 12th hole, Snedeker hit a three-quarter 9-iron to the front-left hole location.
English’s caddie suggested about the same, and that’s when Snedeker stepped in with these words of advice: “Just rip a wedge.”
“I’m 1-for-1 as a caddie,” Snedeker chirped after the round. Turning to English, he said, “What have you been doing all year? This is easy.”
English is among a record 24 players playing the Masters for the first time, though Sunday wasn’t his first time playing Augusta National. He played every year in college at Georgia. Even so, it was a good way to ease into a busy week.
And it was a long time coming. English said it was the second hole-in-one of his life, and his first as a professional.
The other one?
“Huntsville Country Club, when I was 14,” he said. “I hit a 5-iron. Hooked it left and it kicked right.”
This was a wedge from 142 yards that covered the flag. And he was at Augusta National. Big difference.
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