Achenbach: More awards for Round 2
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Masters is all about tradition. Continuing a tradition that started, well, Thursday, here are Friday’s award winners from the Masters.
The Ricky/Rickie award: It’s a tie between Ricky Barnes and Rickie Fowler, as both are 5 under par, maintaining equality in the colorful world of Ricky-Rickie.
The Lefty/Lefty award: It is only fitting that Ricky/Rickie is followed by Lefty/Lefty. Those rooting for Bubba Watson to overtake Phil Mickelson were disappointed, as Lefty Phil finished at 2-under and two ahead of Lefty Bubs.
The golfer formerly known as No. 1 award: World No. 1 Martin Kaymer played like a chop, stumbling home with 78-72. At this rate, he’ll lose his top billing. He’s now oh-for-4 in the Masters, missing four straight cuts.
The best old guy award: Fred Couples, 51, is lurking in a sixth-place tie (old guys know how to lurk).
The jolliest new Brit award: This coveted award goes to Alan Holmes, the new chairman of the R&A’s Rules of Golf Committee. Holmes, a rules expert and a very congenial fellow, formerly manufactured, distributed and retailed his own beer in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was on hand to help explain the kinder, gentler new ruling about infractions spotted by television viewers.
The low American award: Wait a minute! Until Tiger Woods made a late charge, there weren’t any low Americans. Not by comparison with Rory McIlroy, anyway. Through most of the afternoon, the entire top five was composed of visitors from continents (perhaps it is planets) far, far away. Woods, with birdies at 2, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15 and 18, played his way into a third-place tie.
The Gary Player award for embellishment: Phil Mickelson loves everything about the Masters. He could write a country song about this place. He probably loves the potholes on Washington Road. He probably thinks the spring pollen is love potion from the gods. Hitting from the trees, which he is required to do frequently, is undoubtedly a naturalistic experience for Phil.
Looking for my putting stroke award: Major champions Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen earmarked this category as their own. McDowell had 70 putts in 36 holes, while Oosthuizen had 68. In between was Heath Slocum with 69. Padraig Harrington joined Oosthuizen with 68. By pro standards, these numbers are horrific.
The three-whack, can I have that one back award: Graeme McDowell had stiff competition in this category. He three-putted six times in 36 holes. Right behind with five three-jacks were Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington, Jhonattan Vegas and Jerry Kelly.
The please save me from the sand award: Davis Love III attempted eight greenside bunker shots in 36 holes, getting up-and-down only once.
The exclusive 300 club: In the driving distance category, only Alvaro Quiros and Rory McIlroy averaged more than 300 yards in the first two rounds. Quiros leads with a 302.5-yard average, while McIlroy stands at 302.
The straight arrow award: Alex Cejka hit 27 of 28 fairways, and David Toms hit 26.
The crooked-gone-straight award: Phil Mickelson found only four fairways in the first round (worst in the field) and nine in the second round.
The “I feel sorry for Mike Weir” award: Nice guy Mike Weir, often injured in recent years, wins this sympathy award. He hit just 10 of 28 fairways. On top of that, he hit just 12 of 36 greens.
The Mr. Smooth award: Languid-swinging Australian Geoff Ogilvy is tied for fourth while leading in greens in regulation (hitting 31 of 36).
The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde award: Gregory Havret, runner-up in the 2010 U.S. Open, opened here with a Jekyll-like 70. Then he decided to run and Hyde with a 79.