AUGUSTA, Ga. – Bo Van Pelt’s back-nine Masters surge was a year late, but he’s not complaining.
Last year he vaulted into contention with eagles on Nos. 13 and 15, but fell back with bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17. Sunday here at Augusta National Van Pelt recorded four birdies, an eagle and a hole-in-one for an 8-under 64 that included 30 on the back nine.
The eagle on No. 13 was nearly an albatross. He hit a 5-iron from 198 yards that landed perfectly and rolled toward the hole and stopped 2 inches short. On the 16th hole, Van Pelt flew the ball several paces right of the hole and it trickled left, down the slope and back into the cup for an ace that sent a roar throughout the Georgia pines.
It was the seventh ace in Van Pelt’s career (the fifth in competition) and his wife and three children were there to witness it.
“I just finally got in a good rhythm throughout the rest of my bag,” said Van Pelt, who finished the tournament 1 under. “It was funny, last year I putted terrible all year, but this is the one week I putted really good, and this year I putted good all year, and this was the one week I haven't putted very well.”
Van Pelt’s round could’ve been extra special but he could not convert three other birdie putts from inside 15 feet. Still he closed with birdie on 18 for 64.