Golf: Masters

Lee Trevino on the Masters, Tiger Woods

April, 16, 2013
Lee Trevino joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Masters, Tiger Woods' controversial drop on the 15th hole and much more.

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For local Aussie pros, Adam Scott's win is huge

April, 14, 2013

Adam Scott’s victory in the 2013 Masters caused a celebration in his native country of Australia that reverberated in various clubs around North Texas.

There are a handful of Australian head golf professionals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and they watched with pride as Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters.

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“I wasn’t too sure if an Australian was ever going to win, to be honest with you,” said Mark Harrison, executive director of the Northern Texas PGA. Scott attended the same high school that Harrison did in Queensland, Australia. “We’ve been close so many times. It’s a big day for our country. This helps erase a ton of painful memories with Greg Norman coming so close.”

Scott defeated Angel Cabrera, the 2009 Masters winner, on the second playoff hole with a birdie at No. 10 on Sunday. It was Scott’s first major championship.

“I could not be more elated,” Royal Oaks Country Club head golf professional Dean Larsson said. “I’m super excited about it. I got to play golf with Adam here in Dallas and have a few beers and you really couldn’t say enough nice things about Adam and what a nice down-to-earth guy he is. So in the limited time I’ve had with him, it makes it that much sweeter.”

Larsson has won 15 NTPGA majors and has played in the HP Byron Nelson Championship (an event Scott has won) twice.

“My phone was blowing up from friends in Australia who were up early watching,” Larsson said. “This will do a lot for Australian golf and there will be a lot of juniors fired up about Adam winning.”

Harrison said he was certain there was a large drop in work productivity on Monday in Australia. It was around 9 a.m. when the Masters ended.

“When I was growing up, you’d turn up the TV and watch the second nine and you’d be late to school that morning,” Harrison said. “They revere their sportsman down there. He’s going to be right up there with Greg Norman. It was nice of him to mention Greg after the round.
“We all take pride in this. It’s great to see him win it.”

Cameron McCormick, who counts Dallas' Jordan Spieth among his students, was thrilled to see Scott put on that green jacket.

"He's been playing well for a long time," said McCormick, from Melbourne, and the director of instruction at Brook Hollow Golf Club. "Last year was a hurdle he had to get over with the British Open (bogeys on each of the final four holes as Ernie Els won). He's done that. He's been playing steady golf in the major championships for over a year now. This was coming. It's a proud moment."

Kelly Kraft makes cut with putt on final hole

April, 6, 2012
Kelly Kraft knew the situation.

As he walked up to the 18th green at Augusta National Golf Club on Friday afternoon, he looked at the giant scoreboard and saw that the leaders were at 5-under par.

“That meant 5-over was going to make the cut,” Kraft said. “I needed to make that putt to play the weekend.”

It was an 8-foot, downhill left-to-right putt for bogey that would put Kraft right on the number to keep playing Saturday and Sunday.

“It was a do-or-die situation,” said Kraft, last year’s U.S. Amateur Champion and former SMU golfer. “It was a fast putt. If I missed it, my Masters was over. If I make it, I play the weekend. I hit it a little firm and it went in. Everybody knew what was going on. That putt went in and the whole place went crazy. It was cool.”

Kraft was the final player to get into the clubhouse on the cut number, so he will be first off Saturday morning. And since an odd number of golfers made the cut, Kraft is paired with a marker. The good news for Kraft: He’s already played a round at Augusta National with the marker, Jeff Knox.

“It will be fun to play with him,” Kraft said. “He’s a good guy. We’ll have a good time. We’ll get the best greens on the course. They’ll be perfect.

“It will be nice to go out and free-wheel it and let it all out. I’ve got nothing to lose. I’ve got two rounds left as an amateur and I’m going to try to go out with bang.”

For Kraft, it’s already been an unforgettable Masters.

“It was good for me to be under the gun like that and make the cut,” Kraft said. “I think that’s going to help me in the future, making that putt. I’ll always remember that.”