AUGUSTA, Ga. – The old man who worked near number 2 knew. He had to go, because everyone knew.
The roar of Saturday afternoon had all the signs of a classic moment being created at the Masters tournament: a sharp lift of noise as something sensational somewhere on 345 acres, the collision when possible, and then the pines amid the fading echoes.
“Which hole?” The man asked.
North, it turned out, was the sixth where Corey Connors picked up a couple of strokes with a hole in one, the sixth at the Augusta National Golf Club in tournament history. His tee landed just a few blocks away from the bunker with the eight-iron coming just after the bogey. The ball took three bounces, each one shorter than the last. Physics was then taken over a week when Augusta’s greens were compared to glass.
It took maybe four seconds to get into the cup from the time the ball entered the green – so fast that Connors was barely shoved into the tee box. He extended his arms. He bent backwards and pumped his right fist. He accepted congratulations from Kolin Morikawa, his partner for the day.
Connors, who entered the two-under on Saturday after the tournament, said, “It didn’t seem like the wind was helping as much as I had anticipated, but luckily, it flew far enough.” “I was trying to get it to fly somewhere above the bunker and get it to go in, get it to go closer to the hole.”
“I think I hit the pin with a little bit of steam,” he said, “but it was right in the middle, so there was a very beautiful moment.”
They finished with 68, four-under par, on Saturday, and the tournament would remain in the final round on Sunday, with no small part at No. 6 in their final round of the tournament.
“Every shot makes a difference,” said Charles Coody, who won the Masters in 1971 and used a five-iron for a hole-in-one at No. 6 the following year. “He’s been playing well as of late, so I’m pretty sure he will have a good chance.”
Augusta National’s No. 16 made far more holes in the course than any other, and that left Tommy Fleetwood on Thursday. But the sixth hole has not been seen at any place but at the 16th position.
“When you’re hitting the tee and everything it’s pretty level there,” Cody said of the sixth hole on Saturday, when he watched the tournament on television. “You’re only hitting in a small turmoil, which helps you keep the green a little better.”
The Connors, with their namesake 29-year-old Canadian singles PGA Tour victory, like so many golfers, had a complicated relationship with Augusta National. In his first appearance, in 2015, he missed the cut but showed promise: a first round 80, a second round 69. Four years later, he finished 46th after a grieving final round. In November, when the epidemic-delayed Masters was played, he scored 65 in the second round, which was crucial to the 10th place in the end.
The conditions this year were very different.
“It gained a lot of momentum,” he said of the course on Tuesday. “The greens are going fast. Some of the notes in my book had adjusted to playing too much break in the greens, and some of the spots around the green where you probably had a chance in November, you don’t have much of a chance right now. “
He completed a practice round with Mike Wear, 2003 Masters Winner And the only son of Canada to win one of golf’s major tournaments. Wear rejected Connor with an anecdote of victory – and gave some tips, One of the traditions of the masters.
But on Saturday, the afternoon after the cut, Veer was no longer in the field. It was Connors’ turn to make a roar.