The Masters: Q&A with Steven Fox
By Sean Martin, Golfweek
Steven Fox, the U.S. Amateur champion, made his second PGA Tour start of the
year, missing the cut in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill with rounds of
78-81. Fox, 22, a senior at Chattanooga, also missed the cut earlier this year in
the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. His next appearance on Tour will
come at the April 11-14 Masters.
What are your thoughts on your upcoming Masters appearance after this
I still feel confident. I like Augusta National. I’ve played well out there (Fox
estimates he has played eight practice rounds). I’m still excited to get out
there. I just need to work on some mental things, I guess, and work on
How have you adjusted to PGA Tour events?
I like having the crowds. I play better when there’s crowds. That’s one of the
things you have to get used to at Augusta, is the crowds. Tiger (Woods) was
three or four groups behind us, so people were getting out there. I got to
experience the crowds. I had no nerves whatsoever, if you want to take some
positives from the week.
What are some recent changes you’ve made to your game?
I started working with (swing instructor) Brad Rose shortly after Torrey Pines.
He works with Scott Stallings. I hit the ball solid, didn’t have any real wayward
shots. Just driving the ball, missing it five yards out here, is (penal).
Are you optimistic?
It’s another one down. Not bad playing, just another missed cut. It happens.
That’s how I look at it. I hit the ball well. It would be one thing if I was shanking
it around. I hit the ball OK. It’s just all in the head. . . . It’s just bad swings at
the wrong time and maybe picking one or two bad targets.
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