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By Andrew Both
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – It wasn't a putter, no problem for Kim Si-woo at the Masters on Friday.
After the South Koran broke his putter in anger, he set a three-wood putt on the final four holes in Augusta National.
A frustrated Kim broke the shaft of the club when he pounded it in frustration while waiting to putt on the 15th hole.
But the faux pas probably didn't even cost him a shot as he skillfully completed two puttings from the middle over the final stretch to stay just three shots behind half-leader Justin Rose.
"I've only had birdie putts for the last couple of holes so no pressure to do them," he said after a three-under-par-69.
South Korean Kim admitted he was overwhelmed by frustration after pulling out a short putt on the 14th hole and a mediocre chip on the 15th.
"It's not on purpose, but it was broken," he said.
When reporters tried to question him further about the incident, Kim replied, "I don't want to answer anymore, sorry."
Kim's performance at the Masters follows shortly after compatriot Im Sung-jae took second place at last year's Masters.
No Korean won the tournament, but hope remains forever.
"When I was a kid, I went to the Masters and every Major every time. It's an honor and I'm proud of myself. I hope I'm still there on Sunday."
Kim has won three PGA Tour wins, including the prestigious Players Championship.
This is the fourth time in a row that he's made half the cut at the Masters.
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