Tommy Fleetwood’s cart complaint sparks bumps on the road at Augusta where Viktor Hovland lifts the Silver Cup after fine performance on debut
- Tommy Fleetwood moaned about the speed a cart travelled downhill at Augusta
- Less than a day later, speed bumps had been installed at the Masters course
- Amateur Viktor Hovland became the first Norwegian to play in the Masters
- Hovland carded three rounds of 71 and one of 72 to win the Silver Cup
The Masters is always memorable and 2019 was no exception.
Tiger Woods won his major title since 2008, after Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas had thrilled Augusta with holes-in-one on the 16th.
But there was plenty more going on, as documented below in DEREK LAWRENSON’s Augusta diary.
TOMMY SETS SPEED LIMIT
How’s this for an example of the power and influence of the modern player? Last Monday, Tommy Fleetwood was brought to the interview room by cart and voiced his disquiet at the speed with which it travelled while going downhill through a tunnel. By the time interviews took place the following day, there were speedbumps in place either side of the tunnel.
A complaint by Tommy Fleetwood led to speed bumps being installed at Augusta on Tuesday
TOUGH TEXAN IS ON WAY BACK
When he played the front nine on Thursday in 40 shots, you feared that Jordan Spieth’s well-chronicled troubles would extend to his favourite tournament. From that point onwards, however, he played the rest of the tournament in nine under par to finish just outside the top 20. Let’s hope this is the start of the way back for the tough Texan.
NORWAY’S HOVLAND ENJOYS A PAR-TY
Viktor Hovland was not just the first Norwegian to play in the Masters, he might well have become the first amateur ever to play four rounds in par or better. The 21-year-old, who qualified by winning the US Amateur last year, added a 71 to his earlier scores of 72, 71 and 71. Not surprisingly, he finished as leading amateur to win the silver cup.
Viktor Hovland became the first Norwegian to play in the Masters… and he won the Silver Cup
Given how difficult it is to buy Masters tickets, it was interesting to learn the stark contrast in the 1950s. ‘You’d go to the bank for a $10,000 loan and they’d pressure you to take 50 Masters tickets as part of the deal,’ said Augusta businessman Hugh Pratt, who has lived in the area since 1951. To think, 50 tickets now would be worth more than $500,000.
CELEBS ENJOY MANSION’S GRANDEUR
Such is the grandeur of the press room, which occupies an entire Georgian mansion, that you get used to people being given a tour. On Saturday, however, it was the gathered American media who were doing a double take as the gawpers included celebrated former New York Yankees baseman, Alex Rodriguez.
Former New York Yankees baseman Alex Rodriguez shared a selfie from Augusta on Instagram
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