Saturday's award-winning performances
Saturday, April 9, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga. – What a concept: Awards every day. Why wait for the tournament to end?
Here are some of the best and worst from Saturday at the Masters.
The magnificent seven award: Around three rounds, the top seven players in the Masters are non-Americans. Who says the best players in the world wear red, white and blue?
The low American award: With Americans sliding down the leaderboard as if it were a greased fire pole, this award probably should remain vacant for the day. However, Bo Van Pelt shot 68 to move into eighth place.
The “I’m going to beat your butt” award: Rory McIlroy plays a fearless brand of golf. The youngster has been brilliant here, another baby-faced assassin.
The “reminds me of Tiger Woods” award: McIlroy, at 21 leading the Masters for the third straight day, brought back memories of 21-year-old Tiger Woods romping to victory here in 1997.
Best impersonation of a non-English speaker: K.J. Choi, who insists on a translator when he faces an army of journalists yet chats away in English in less threatening situations.
Best poster boy for hybrid clubs: A tie between Choi and Y.E. Yang. Both are playing the Masters with four hybrids. Yang’s four are TaylorMade Rescue TP (17, 19, 21, 23). Choi has a TaylorMade Rescue TP FCT (19) along with three Adams Pro A12 Prototype G hybrids (19, 24, 26).
The “forget the 6-iron” award: The longest iron in Choi’s bag is a 7-iron. Yang’s iron arsenal stops at the 6.
Best player with initials for a first name: Again a tie between Yang and Choi, unless we count E.P. Cabrera (that’s El Pato) or F.S. Couples (Frederick Steven).
The break 70 or bust award: There is no winner in this category because no player in the field has broken 70 for three straight rounds.
The moving day award: Angel Cabrera fired a 68 to move from an 18th place tie to a 2nd place tie.
The “I don’t want to move” award: Alvaro Quiros shot 75 and has dropped from a 1st place tie in the opening round to an 18th place tie after three rounds.
The turquoise shoes/big collapse award: Rickie Fowler, resplendent in turquoise, came apart with a 76 after rounds of 70 and 69.
The little man/big drive award: McIlroy is amazingly long for a lightweight. He led the field Friday with a 310-yard average.
The fairway award: Cabrera and Steve Marino hit 13 or 14 fairways in the third round.
The not-so-fair fairway award: Paul Casey hit only 5 fairways, Phil Mickelson found 6.
The green, green grass award: Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Rose hit 16 greens apiece.
The green weenie award: Ricky Barnes hit only 5 greens in the third round. Nobody else hit less than 8.
The tight-shirt award: Fashionable Phil wins this one. Either Mickelson’s shirt is a tad too small or his body a tad too big.