Jill Painter on the Masters: John Huh, Crescenta Valley graduate, has fantastic tournament in first Masters
By Jill Painter, Columnist
AUGUSTA, Ga – John Huh did so well in his first Masters appearance that he should automatically qualify to play at Augusta next year as well.
Huh, a Crescenta Valley High graduate, shot a 4-under 68 Sunday and is tied for 10th at 2-under 286 for the tournament, with players still on the course. If he remains in the top 12, he’ll qualify to play next year as well.
“That was my goal before I teed it up today, to try to come back if I could,” Huh said. “And then see what the outcome was.”
The outcome was fantastic for the 22-year-old Huh, who played in his first Masters.
Huh played the course for the first time in a practice round on Monday and his worst round was a 5-over 77 in Friday’s second round. After that round, he switched to a Scotty Cameron putter and shot a 1-under 71 in Saturday’s third round and made a nice run on Sunday.
At the 15th hole, Huh made an eagle with a 15-foot putt from the fringe.
“I had a really awkward lie, but I pulled the trigger on it,” Huh said.
Huh, who was last year’s PGA Tour rookie of the year, was excited about the hardware that comes with the eagle.
“I can get a crystal for the eagle,” Huh said with a smile. “I heard about it from K.J. (Choi) when I had a practice round with him. I actually had two chances, one on 13, too. I’ll take one though.”
Asked to choose a cool moment of the week, Huh pointed to his hole-in-one on No. 16 in a practice round Monday with Choi, Kevin Na and Y.E. Yang. Choi had fun with Huh, and
when the two got to the green, Choi took the ball out of the cup and pretended it was his.
“It was funny,” Huh said. “I knew what he was doing, but most people thought he made it. I enjoyed that, and I enjoyed playing with him.”
Huh will take two weeks off and let his masterful outing in the Masters sink in for a while.
“It was a really good experience playing this golf course,” Huh said. “I was striking the ball really good all tournament. If I was able to put the ball in early, if I had done good Friday, I would’ve been in better position.”
He finished well, and for a first-timer, that wasn’t bad at all.