AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Chattanooga Mocs senior Steven Fox lived out his dream the last two days. He traversed the hills of Augusta National Golf Club for 36 holes. While he missed the cut, he wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.
He shot 81 today in a long, arduous round playing alongside Masters Champ Bubba Watson and Ryder Cup villain Ian Poulter. Fox’s putter remained cold with 36 putts today, 67 for the 36 holes. His ball-striking was much better hitting 10 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens.
Jason Day is your 36-hole leader at six-under par, 138. He leads former champion Fred Couples and Australian countryman Marc Leishman by one. The trio of former champ Angel Cabrera, Jim Furyk and Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker are two behind at minus four.
Despite the score, he left with head held high. Fox tied the great Tom Watson and finished ahead of one clear of Hunter Mahan and former winners Craig Stadler and Ian Woosnam.
FOX QUOTES – SPECIAL THANKS TO DAVID UCHIYAMA, TIMES FREE PRESS
Q. On the experience?
STEVEN FOX: You can’t have a bad week at Augusta from an amateur’s perspective. It’s every kids’ dream and I got to live it. I was happy to live it and I’ll be back here one day.
Q. Talk your play today.
STEVEN FOX: I hit the ball pretty good this week, but the putter let me down. If I putted decent today, I wouldn’t have made the cut, but it wouldn’t have been an 81. I was comfortable out there, but the swing went a little bit.
Q. Was it technical or mental?
STEVEN FOX: A lot of our reads were correct, and it was more mechanics. I wasn’t nervous or jittery, it was about making a confident stroke.
Q. Did the wind cause problems?
STEVEN FOX: Not really. We felt good with it except on five. I didn’t trust what we decided to do and went with too much club. That led to a double. Other than that I think we played the wind right most of the day.