Choi, Kuchar display sharp recovery skills
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The incredible thing about Augusta National is that you see some shots you just don’t see anywhere else. K.J. Choi yanked his drive into the creek way left on the par-5 second hole – that’s right, there’s a creek way left on No. 2, the only water you’ll find on the front nine at Augusta National. (For the uninitiated, it’s known as the Delta Ticket Office, for if a player hits it down there, he usually needs arrangements to get out of town.)
Anyway, Choi banged his second shot off the rocks back into the fairway – he had to check his iron to see if he’d bent it – and eventually scrambled to make 5 on the hole.
Later in the round, Matt Kuchar flared his second shot well right into the gallery at the par-4 11th, leaving an incredibly difficult chip. A gigantic hill stood between Kuchar and the pin, and anything long of the hole would assuredly run into the pond that guards the left side of the green. But Kucher deftly played a soft pitch right of the hole and watched it feed to 5 feet, setting up a key par save in a round of 73 that kept him 1 under for the tournament.