Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Maggert Makes a Memory

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Maggert Makes a Memory

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Until the 13th hole Sunday, Jeff Maggert's second Masters had been completely forgettable. He went into the final round with the worst score of the 51 players who made the cut, a 14-over-par 230.

First off the tee Sunday, Maggert played with a non-competing marker, Danny Yates, former U.S. Amateur champion.

Maggert already was 5 over par on the day and 19 over for the tournament when he arrived at the 13th hole, a 485-yard par 5.

An unlikely candidate to make Masters history, Maggert proceeded to score the first double eagle in 27 years and only the third ever.

After a drive of 265 yards, he hit a 220-yard shot with his 3-iron. "The ball hit on the fringe, hopped a few times, hit the pin dead square and fell in," he said.

It was the first double eagle at No. 13 in the Masters.

In 1935, Gene Sarazen executed the most famous tournament shot ever, "the shot heard 'round the world," when he scored a double eagle at the 500-yard 15th hole. He went on to defeat Craig Wood in a playoff.

Bruce Devlin scored a double eagle at the par-5 eighth hole in the 1967 Masters.

Maggert posted a 75 Sunday and finished the Masters 17 over par. He and John Harris shared the dubious distinction of shooting the highest score in this year's tournament.

But the history-making shot made up for all the forgettable ones.

"It definitely puts a good note on what had been a bad week," Maggert said. "I'll take something positive out of this and have it for the rest of my life."

Maggert estimated that 1,000 to 2,000 people were in the vicinity at the time. "It was real early and most of them were still kind of asleep," he said. "A lot of them probably were jockeying for position for later in the day. Probably half of them saw it."

Maggert said his lie was "fairly flat" and that he was worried about hooking his 3-iron shot. "I blocked it out a bit to prevent the ball from hooking," he said. …

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