Achenbach: Passing out Round 1 Masters awards

Achenbach: Passing out Round 1 Masters awards

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Achenbach: Passing out Round 1 Masters awards

Time to hand out a few awards based on first-round statistics at the Masters.

The short hair/long drive award: Rory McIlroy, tied for the tournament lead with a 65, got a haircut and averaged 297 yards off the tee.

The long and crooked award: Co-leader Alvaro Quiros led all players with a 309.5-yard driving average but hit only half the fairways (7 of 14).

The Phil Mickelson “All Over The Place” trophy: Nobody hit fewer fairways than Phil Mickelson (4 of 14). Thus he handily won his namesake award.

The “I want to be like Phil” award: Tiger Woods, suffering from fairway deficit disorder, found just six fairways.

The fast start award: Retief Goosen eagled the first hole, holing a 161-shot with an 8-iron.

The fall on your face award: Goosen shot 31-39, with bogeys on the final three holes.

The best putter award: Ricky Barnes and Anders Hansen had 25 putts each.

The worst putter award: Shared by reigning major champions Graeme McDowell (U.S. Open) and Louis Oosthuizen (British Open), with 36 putts each. Another reigning major champion, World No. 1 Martin Kaymer (PGA), and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington had 35 putts apiece.

The three-putt award: McDowell had four three-putts, while Harrington, Francesco Molinari, Hunter Mahan, Vijay Singh, Goosen and Jhonattan Vegas each had three.

The putting-for-birdie-but-flying-under-the-radar award: Heath Slocum, who hit 16 greens to lead the field but totaled 35 putts and shot 72.

The “I hit less than half the greens” award: Shared by Jim Jeong, Lion Kim and Craig Stadler (eight each) … Lucas Glover Ben Crenshaw, Ian Woosnam and Arjun Atwal (seven) … and Mike Weir (six).

The “I don’t like this course” award: Martin Kaymer, who has missed the cut in three previous Masters appearances and is on the way to No. 4 with an opening 78.

The “I’m not playing in the sand any more” award: Davis Love III, Tom Watson and Ian Poulter had no sand saves in three attempts each.

The Sergio Garcia bounce back award: Sergio Garcia, who appeared to emerge from a slump by shooting 69 and impressively hitting 10 fairways and 14 greens. He stumbled with 30 putts, but, what the heck? He’s Sergio “Stone Hands” Garcia.

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