Nov. 15, 2012
Oliver Goss has proven he can hang with the big dogs. After the first round of the Talisker Master in Melbourne, Australia, Goss is tied for 20th position with a one-under par 71.
What is even more impressive is that he is tied with one of his playing partners, and 2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell.
Goss has been on record as saying that he is playing with his childhood idols, in McDowell and Adam Scott. So no one would blame Goss for being a bit nervous on the first tee.
"I was slightly nervous but I thought I'd just hit it as hard as I could," said Goss. "I just loved the entire day. Watching them (McDowell and Scott) play, it was unbelievable."
"I learned that Adam Scott is the greatest ball-striker I have ever seen. He hits it so good and so straight, it was just unbelievable."
Overall, Goss played quite well, matching Scott birdie for birdie at the turn. Goss could not match Scott on hole 11, but was able to do so on holes 12 and 13. However, Scott was soon able to pull away and finished the first day in second place with a five-under par 67.
Adam Scott on Goss:
"He handled it pretty well out there," Scott said. "I am sure he would like to tighten it up a little bit off the tee but he knows how to get it around and that is a good asset to have at such a young age."
Graeme McDowell on Goss:
"He actually drove the ball awful today, put himself in a lot of trouble, but scrambled beautifully," McDowell said. "He's obviously got a power game - he's a big, strong lad - and he handled himself with a lot of class."
Goss looks to build off his solid first round and continue making a name for himself Thursday night.
The Talisker Masters will be broadcasted on the Golf Channel at 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday (15th), Friday (16th) and Saturday (17th) night.