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Holmes could be home for the Masters

Posted on: March 26, 2011 4:15 pm
 
ORLANDO, Fla. -- J.B. Holmes' backdoor road to the Masters got a little steeper on Saturday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The American veteran missed a four-footer for par on the 18th hole and finished with a 72, which dropped him five shots out of the projected spot he needs to target in order to secure a last-minute invitation to Augusta National in two weeks.

Holmes, ranked No, 59 in the world, needs to move up nine spots when the world ranking is recalulated after the final round on Sunday night. He was tied for 16th as he played the 18th, but pulled his approach into a greenside bunker and missed the par putt.

"It hit something because I hit it right where I wanted," Holmes grumbled of the spiked-up greens.

Holmes said he's not obsessing over his Masters fate. Depending on how things play out, he needs to finish somewhere between fourth and seventh to have a chance of moving up to No. 50.

"We've talked abot it,' Holmes said. "You need to play the Asian Tour or the European Tour to get in the top 50, I guess. You can't think about it when you;re out there playing, though."

Brandon Parsons, Holmes' caddie, said Holmes hasn't seemed fixated on making the Masters for the second time.

"I don't think so," Parsons said. "Just playing, doing our thing, just like at match play."

Holmes finished T5 at the Accenture Match Play, his most recent start.

As he signed his card, he had fallen into a tie for 21st at 2 under, which not only put him a shot farther back in the pack, but allowed at least another half-dozen guys ahead of him in line.

"Yeah, I'm going to need 5 or 6 under tomorrow," he said.
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