AUGUSTA, Ga. — Now this is how you create a few Masters memories.
Matt Kuchar, the cheeriest fellow on Tour and one of the most notable never to win a major, stepped up to the tee at the 16th hole five strokes back of the leaders. Kuchar drew back his seven-iron, let fly, and, with the precision of a man who’s played this course a time or two, nestled the ball into perfect position to roll right into the cup.
The cheers echoed through the pines, and Kuchar slapped dozens of awkward golfer high-fives, the perma-grin on his face growing somehow even wider. And then Kuchar topped even that bit of goodwill by grabbing a pen, signing the ball, and handing it to a gleeful kid sitting greenside.
Being at #theMasters on Sunday ✔
Witnessing an ace ✔
Getting the signed ball ✔
Lifelong memory. pic.twitter.com/L42cadPbfx
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) April 9, 2017
Kuchar was playing six holes ahead of the leaders, but stood alone in third place when the ace dropped. He’ll have plenty of time in the clubhouse to watch and see if his day might get even better.
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