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Goss goes to school at Augusta

WA amateur Oliver Goss made the most of a washed-out practice day at Augusta National to do his homework ahead of his Masters debut.

NOT even preparing for his Masters debut is enough to keep Oliver Goss from doing his homework.

With rain ruining his chance of a practice round at Augusta National on Monday, the 19-year-old amateur from Perth decided to put his time indoors to good use.

"I have some political science work to do and also some things in anthropology and computer science - and I need to take advantage of the extra time I suddenly have to do that," wrote Goss, a University of Tennessee student, in a diary entry on the Masters website.

"I am still in college, when means I still have to do homework. Even at the Masters."

Goss got an invitation to play the Masters by finishing runner-up at the 2013 US Amateur and joins six compatriots including last year's champion Adam Scott and Jason Day.

He arrived at Augusta on Friday and wasted no time getting into the swing of it, sharing lunch and a nine-hole hitout with Day - who he said was "tearing it up, even though he has not been playing due to his thumb injury".

"We played the first nine because that is the nine with which I am least comfortable, and I wanted to get Jason's input as to the best way to play it.

"He had lots of good advice and really helped me out."

Despite his youth, Goss is no stranger at Augusta, having first played the course last November and again last month.

He's also hired the services of local caddie Brian Tam, who has carried his bag on his last two visits.

He will celebrate his 20th birthday on Saturday during the Masters' third round.

AAP

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