Kelly Kraft’s experience at the 2012 Masters was a mixture of good and bad as the Denton Ryan graduate saw the best of what Augusta National Golf Club could offer and also experienced the worst it offers.
After scrambling through the first two rounds to make the cut at 5-over par, Kraft found the weekend rounds to be much tougher as he was 15-over par for the Saturday and Sunday rounds.
Sunday morning, Kraft quickly got into trouble as he bogied the par-4 first. It looked as if Kraft had found his game after a par and birdie on the next two holes but that wasn’t the case. Over the next four holes Kraft had three bogies and a double bogey and found himself 5-over for the day.
Kraft, who plans to turn professional this week, then righted the ship over the next eight holes where he played them at 1-under par. But a bogey on 16, followed by a double-bogey on 18, ended his day with an 8-over 80 and a four round total of 306, 18-over par.
Kelly says he is going pro after today’s round. He is going for the pins to see what he can do on this tough Masters course. The Masters a tradition like no other.
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Kelly Kraft learned that you have to come off the high of making the cut to playing the weekend rounds. He had a few bogeys and a couple of doubles along with 3 fantastic birdies. It is nice to see him rebound and show that he can score.
Kelly Kraft was the first golfer off the tee today in the third round of the Masters. Immediately Kraft ran into trouble and suffered a bogey five on the first hole. Angel Cabera and Trevor Immelman were in the second group to tee off and they both suffered bogies on No. 1 to join Kraft at 6-over.
On the par-5 second, Kraft got back on track with a par but had more trouble of the par-4 third and suffered his second bogey of the day and is now 7-over for the tournament.
Kraft avoided problems on the par-3 fourth with a par.
Kraft bogied the par-4 fifth on Friday, the first of his five bogies on the day. Today didn’t prove to be any better as he had a bogey 5 and now is 8-over for the tournament.
Kraft parred the 180-yard, par-3 sixth to remain 3-over for today’s round and 8-over for the tournament.
He has now recorded two straight pars after rolling in a par 4 putt on the 450-yard seventh.
Kraft closed out Friday’s front nine with bogies on eight and nine but he won’t follow that trend today. Kraft has birded the 570-yard par 5 eighth to drop back to 7-over for the tournament and 2-over for this round.
Kraft closed out the front nine in style with a birdie on the 460-yard par 4 ninth. That is two straight birdies after opening the round with three bogies in the first five holes. As he heads to the back ninth Kraft is 6-over for the tournament and 1-over for today.
During the opening round on Thursday Kraft had four birdies in a row on 12, 13, 14 and 15. He is on another streak today as he just birdied 10, a par 4, 495-yard layout. He is now even for the day and back to 5-over for the tournament.
The birdie streak ends on 11 as Kraft bogies the 505-yard, par 4. He;s back to 6-over.
Kraft got a par of the 155-yard, par 3 12th and then came right back with another par on the 510-yard, par-5 13th. He remains 1-over for the day and 6-over for the tournament.
Kraft kept the pars coming on the 440-yard, par 4 14th with his seventh par of the round. He still remains 6-over for the tournament with four holes remaining in the round.
Kraft ran into serious problems on the 530-yard par 5 15th and double-bogied the hole to fall to 8-over for the tournament and 3-over for today’s round.
Kraft recovered from the double on 15 with a par on the par-3 16th and then added anoth par on the 440-yard par-4 17th. He remains 3-over for the day and 8-over for the tournament.
Kraft closed out his round not the way he wanted it to end with a double-bogey 6 on the 465-yard par-4 closing hole to finish the day at 5-over with a 77 and is now 10-over for the tournament.
Because of his finish he is assured to be one of the first players on the course for the final round on Sunday.
We are off to see Kelly and Boston play today’sround. They are the first one off the tee today. Because of an odd number of players Jeff Knox ( a Masters member ) will be a marker for the round. It should be a great round today. GO KELLY
With a second round of 75 Kelly Kraft made the cut at the Masters. Kelly birdied 12 and 16 on his way in. Kraft pushed his driver into the woods on 17. He hit a 6 iron to about 15 feet, 2 putt for par. Needing a bogey or better to make the cut. Kraft drew his driver into the left rough. He hit a 4 iron out front of the green. His wedge hit short and rolled back down the hill. left with an up and down to make the cut, he hit his wedge past the hole. A down hill 12 footer slowly rolled to the cup. Its in and a celebration began.
Pairings come out tonight at 9:00
Kelly Kraft has had a much better start than he did during the opening round of the Masters.
On Thursday, Kraft double bogied the par-4 first but today Kraft has started the day with back-to-back pars and is even for the day and remains 2-over for the tournament.
Kraft added another par to his total on No. 3, a par-4, 350-yard layout.
Kraft remains even for the day as he gets another par on No. 4, a 240-yard par 3. He remains 2-over for the tournament and the projected cut is at 5-over.
Kraft ran into problems on the par-4, 455-yard fifth and suffered a bogie on the hole. He is now at 3-over for the tournament.
After his bogey 5 on the par-4 fifth, Kraft came back with a par on No. 6, a 180-yard, par-3. He is 3-over and the projected cut is now at 6-over.
Kraft is now through seven holes and remains 3-over par for the tournament and 1-over for today. No. 7 is a 450-yard, par 4.
Kraft ran into more problems on No. 8, a 570-yard, par 5, He bogied the hole and now stands 4-over for the tournament.
The trouble continued for Kraft at No. 9, a 460-yard par 4. Kraft suffered his second straight bogey and now is 5-over for the tournament and in jeopardy of not making the cut.
Kraft pared No. 10 and is still three over today. He is headed into the same stretch of the course where he made four straight birdies yesterday. This could be the spot where he can make up some ground. He is five over for the tournament.
Kraft just finished with a bogy for the third time in his last four holes, finishing with a five on the par-four 11th. He is now six over par. He birdied the next four holes in his first round. This is where he needs to make his move.
Kraft has hit the part of the course where he made his move yesterday and promptly posted his first birdie of the day. Kraft posted a two on the par-three 12th. He is five over for the day. The cut line right now is five over.
Kraft posted a par on the 13th hole, a par-five. He is still at five over par heading down the stretch. He birdied the next two holes on the course yesterday.
Kraft made par on the 14th hole and remains five over at the Masters. He has the par-5 15th coming up, which might be his best chance to grab another birdie and improve his chances of making the cut.
Kraft rolled in a par putt on the par-5 15th hole and is still five over at the Masters. He was two over in the last three holes yesterday. He can’t afford to give back that many shots today.
Kraft just came up with a huge birdie on the par-three 16th hole. Kraft rolled in a putt on his second shot and is now four under. Kraft bogied the last two holes yesterday. He could make the weekend with a couple of pars here.
Kraft made par on the 17th hole, rolling in his fourth shot and is headed to the 18th at four under. He has a chance to make the cut, if he takes care of business on the final hole.
Kraft bogied his final hole at the Masters and finished at five over.
The final scores are in and Kraft made the cut by one shot. He is the first US amateur to make the cut since 2005.
I’ve been to Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, all over Hawaii and now Augusta. Kelly took me in the Augusta Pro-Shop. We looked at the Masters trophy. But the highlight was a trip to the crows nest. So much history. Not bad getting to see your son tote a bag at the greatest golf event in the world. My golf scrapbook is now complete.
After a tough start Kelly rebounded well. His first round at the Masters is under his belt and Kelly likes what he was able to do today. He tees off at 12:31 Friday. The weather is suppose to be rainy in the morning and windy by the afternoon. The Kraft Krew will be in full force again as we root him on.