Van Pelt's 64 likely to be a Masters asterisk
Apr 09, 2012 (Stillwater NewsPress - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
STILLWATER, Okla. -- It was one of the most spectacular Sundays in a major, but Bo Van Pelt's 64 at the Masters didn't grab headlines.
Louis Oosthuizen's double eagle Sunday at hole No. 2, and Bubba Watson's victory over Oosthuizen in a two-hole playoff became the big news.
Van Pelt's 64, eagle on hole No. 13 and ace on No. 16 became little more than an asterisk in Masters history. He started the final round in a tie for 52nd, and finished at 1-under par in a tie for 17th.
The former Oklahoma State golfer tied the best-ever score on a Sunday at the Masters. He fell a stroke shy of the all-time single-round record.
"We'd all like to pick and choose when we have a good round, but we don't get to do that," Van Pelt said. "You don't get to pick and choose your good days and your good weeks."
Van Pelt, who turned pro in 1998, fired a 73 Thursday and 75s Friday and Saturday.
He was 7-over par when Sunday's round started., but said he felt as if he was a few breaks from being in the thick of it all.
His putter let him down in the first three rounds. Birdie and par putts flirted with the cup but wouldn't drop. He birdied 12 once at the Masters, but hit the hole the other three times.
"I almost birdied it all four days," Van Pelt said.
He got those breaks Sunday with birdies at Nos. 5, 8, 14 and 18 plus the eagle and hole-in-one.
"For me, I knew I was close, closer than what my scores had shown in the first three days. It's nice to put a good one together going into the next week," Van Pelt said.
Van Pelt nearly had a double eagle at the No. 13. He hit a 5-iron right at the flag.
"I thought that one was going in to be honest," Van Pelt said. "When it hit and it was rolling right at it, I've never made a double eagle, and as it was rolling, I thought, holy cow, I'm going to make a 2 at Augusta on a par-5. It just stopped two inches short or something."
Two holes later, Van Pelt hit a 6-iron that landed about 10 feet above the hole and funneled into the cup.
"I made sure I aimed it at the flag because I knew I wasn't going to miss it left. I just ... took what I learned last year, and it ended up being a perfect spot," Van Pelt said.
The 36-year old golfer is having one of his best seasons as a pro. He tied for eighth in the Phoenix Open, Northern Trust Open and WGC-Cadillac Championship this season.
He followed up his eighth-place tie in the 2011 Masters with Sunday's 17th.
"Obviously, everybody wants to have their best week this week, but I've got to go play again next week. It's what I do for a living, Van Pelt said.
He said he hopes his Masters momentum will carry over to this week's RBC Heritage tournament.
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