AUGUSTA — Bryson DeChambeau had some serious bad luck since he was one of the leaders entering Friday's second round.
But on Sunday he gained some of that back and at least had a memorable experience at the Masters.
Playing with Aiken's Kevin Kisner, DeChambeau scored a hole-in-one, only one of two in the tournament. Justin Thomas would do it about an hour later on the same hole.
"I knew something was going to happen this week," De Chambeau said. "I didn't know what it was going to be, obviously shooting 66 the first round I thought it was going to be something even more special, but I was able to make a 1, my first 1 on 16."
On the 170-yard par 3 No. 16, DeChambeau hit his tee shot to the right side of the green. The ball curled back to the left around almost hitting Kisner's ball and gently rolled into the cup for the ace.
"Luckily it went past and like once it went past it and I heard the crowd I'm like, this is going in," he said. "Sure enough it did and I went nuts."
A little later in the day Thomas did the same thing on the same hole. In fact, it looked like an exact repeat of DeChambeau's ace.
"It was actually funny, right when I hit it, Phil and I were kind of walking off together, and I said jokingly, how about a 1, Phil?" Thomas said. "When everybody stands up that's when you'll know, because everyone stood up for Jon's (Rahm) shot. I had a chance and everyone did for mine. And it kind of disappeared and he kind of looked at me and I looked at him, and I said I can't believe that actually went in."
Congrats to amateur Hovland
Viktor Hovland of Norway edged Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico as the low amateur of the Masters and joins the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ben Crenshaw and others who went on to win green jackets.
"There's some really good amateurs in this field this year," Hovland said. "And, you know, no matter what happens I'm pretty happy with my performance, just making the cut and showing that I can play out here. I'm just kind of soaking everything in right now."
Hovland, a junior at Oklahoma State, shot an even-par 72 on Thursday and then stayed on an even keel, shooting 71 each of the next three days.
Phil says it's still fun
Thursday started great with a 5-under 67 for Phil Mickelson, but the rest of the weekend didn't go as planned.
On Sunday, Mickelson was 2 under on the front nine and hanging in there at 8 under for the tournament, but a double bogey on 10 pushed him back to 6 under where he stayed for the rest of the tournament.
Despite the disappointing finish, Mickelson still finds being at Augusta National fun.
"It just didn't quite all come together this week," Mickelson said. "But gosh it was a fun week and it is my favorite week of the year and I just, I love being here and I'm, I love the fact that I get to be a part of this tournament for the rest of my life."