Barnes has good showing at Masters

University of Arizona senior golfer Rick Barnes shot a final round 73 to finish The Masters at 3-over par, finishing as the low amateur. Barnes becomes the first Wildcat golfer to accomplish such a feat, and it marks the second professional tournament in 2003 that he has participated during weekend play.

For the first time since 1939 Thursday's opening round was delayed due to rain, meaning players were forced to play extra holes on Friday and Saturday. Paired with defending champ Tiger Woods, Barnes shot an opening round 69, including 5 birdies. This marked his first professional round at Augusta National.

He continued his assault on the course and up the leaderboard during his second round on Friday afternoon and into Saturday morning shooting a 74. His two-round total of 143 was six shots better than Woods, who made the cut right on the number at 149.

Barnes was one of three amateur players, including UNLV sophomore Ryan Moore and Oklahoma State junior Hunter Mahan to make the cut. This marks only the second time in the past 18 years that three amateurs played more than 36 holes at this major championship.

Tied for third place with Phil Mickelson at 1-under par, Barnes entered the third round as the first amateur to play in one of the final two groups since 1961.

As the course played harder and scores traveled upwards, Barnes managed a 1-under par during the front nine that put him alone in second place as he made the turn. His back nine was much different though, as he recorded 3 bogeys and a double bogey finishing up at 2-over par, tied for 18th.

Entering Sunday, Barnes was tied with Mahan, but once again played strongly on the front side recording two birdies and only one bogey. Improving off of his third round performance, Barnes closed with a score of 38 for a final round total of 1-over par 73.

He finished the year's first major tied for 21st, beating such PGA Tour players as Sergio Garcia, and former Masters Champions Nick Faldo and Fred Couples.

Barnes will be in action with his Wildcat teammates at the Pac-10 Championships in Los Angeles, April 28 – 30.

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