Tommy Reflects on Breakthrough Performance at Augusta

Tommy expressed optimism as he navigated Augusta National Golf Club, securing a top-five finish at the revered Masters Tournament.

With a commendable track record in Major Championships, including runner-up positions at The Open Championship and U.S. Open, and prior top-five finishes at the US PGA Championship, Tommy’s ascent at Augusta marks a significant milestone. Despite previous outings yielding a tie for 14th as his best result, Tommy approached this year’s tournament with determination and focus.

An initial round of 72 hinted at familiar territory, yet formidable performances with rounds of 71 and 72 amidst challenging conditions on Friday and Saturday laid the groundwork for a closing bogey-free 69, propelling him to a commendable four-under total.

This achievement sees Tommy securing top-ten finishes in three consecutive Majors, a testament to his consistency and competitive prowess. Reflecting on his performance, the 2017 Race to Dubai winner remained cautiously optimistic, acknowledging the unpredictable nature of the sport.

“You just keep playing,” Tommy remarked. “You never know what’s around the corner. But yeah, I loved it this week. It was great being out late on the Sunday and playing a good round of golf and just another Major Championship where you’re at the right end of the leaderboard at the end of the week.”

While refraining from making bold predictions, Tommy emphasised the importance of maintaining his competitive edge and striving for excellence. “Who knows if my time will ever come but all I can do is keep trying to put myself there and keep having performances like this and then we’ll see,” he added.

Acknowledging past near misses, Tommy highlighted areas for improvement, particularly on the crucial back nine on Sundays. “I’ve been close before. I think I’ve had some good rounds…I haven’t played as well as I would have liked to and I’m very aware of that today,” he explained, showcasing his commitment to continuous growth and refinement.

Despite the absence of long-time caddie and friend Ian Finnis due to illness, Tommy found solace and support in Gray Moore, a former Augusta National caddie master. Describing their partnership as “a real treat,” Tommy expressed gratitude for Moore’s guidance and companionship throughout the tournament.

“I always enjoy seeing him and spending time with him at Augusta every time the Masters comes around but actually being out with him was a real treat,” Tommy remarked. “I just hope he’s had as good a time with me as I have with him this week. It’s been great.”

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