By Andrew Both
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – Will Zalatoris had been ready for his Masters moment his whole life and when it got here on Sunday, not even golf’s greatest stage was sufficient to intimidate the fearless 24-year-old American ending solo second one shot behind winner Hideki Matsuyama.
Zalatoris arrived on the 12 months’s first main as slightly identified commodity on the PGA Tour, however departs Augusta National heralded as sport’s latest rising star.
Displaying veteran poise and confidence, Zalatoris remained centered all through, refusing to be overwhelmed by the moment. He produced 4 below par rounds, together with a two-under 70 last spherical that left him one haunting stroke in need of forcing a playoff for the champion’s Green Jacket.
“I wanted to be on this stage forever, basically my entire life, so I think if anything you get to this moment and why should I wait now, let’s go do some damage and it was a fun week,” mentioned Zalatoris, who gained late entry to the Masters along with his top-50 world rating. “I felt I played well this week but I left a lot out there.
“I feel the truth that I’m annoyed I completed second in my third main says one thing, and the truth that I did not let any moment actually get to me, was actually thrilling.
“I think, if anything, it’s just the fact that I’m one shot short. It’s just kind of sitting right in front of me, thinking through where I could have found that one or two shots, really.”
Zalatoris would possibly anguish over two bogeys that got here simply after the flip that dropped him down the leaderboard.
No doubt he would need his tee shot again on the twelfth and a redo on the five-foot putt that may have saved par.
His putter additionally abandoned him on the tenth the place he made the inexperienced in two however wanted three putts to get within the gap, taking one other bogey.
“It was an absolute treat,” mentioned Zalatoris summing up his Masters debut. “Obviously to come up one short and be disappointed is motivating but obviously very exciting.
“And clearly my two majors as a professional, I completed sixth and runner-up. I do know if I hold doing what I doing, I’m going to have a extremely good probability sooner or later.”
(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Lincoln Feast.)