Achenbach's final-round Masters awards
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Masters is over, and the final awards have been determined. For obvious reasons, the names of the top tournament contenders keep appearing on the awards list.
Longest in the field award: All week, this category was dominated by Alvaro Quiros (303.38-yard average) and Rory McIlroy (303.12).
Straightest in the field award: Angel Cabrera hit 48 or 56 fairways, an unusually high percentage (85.71) for a long hitter. Cabrera was ninth in driving distance at 292 yards.
The birdiemaker award: Jason Day led the field with 23 birdies, which is one birdie short of averaging six per round.
The “I coulda been a contender” award: Yes, Luke Donald could have been a contender down the stretch without that water-ball and resulting double bogey at 12.
The “Wicked Witch of the West” broomstick putter award: No golfer has ever won a major championship using a long putter, although Adam Scott was tempting history with his. It’s a 49-inch Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Kombi.
The “bulldoze No. 10” award: If every golfer on earth had one lifetime Mulligan, McIlroy would have taken his on the 10th tee, where his drive tried its best to leave the state of Georgia.
The U.S. airmail award: On the short par-4 3rd hole, Cabrera flew his second shot, with a sand wedge, some 15 yards over the green.
The “I needed a visit from the putting angel” award: Cabrera, who putted very poorly on the final nine to end his bid for a second Masters victory. Cabrera had 30 putts in the final round, generally not good enough to win a major championship.
The putt-putt whiz award: After Donald chipped in for a birdie on the final hole, he had totaled just 22 putts in the last round. For the entire 72 holes, Donald had only 102 putts – five fewer than Charl Schwartzel, runnerup in number of putts but winner in the competition that counted most.
The importance of putting award: Donald, Schwartzel, Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy not only contended for the title, they finished on top of the category for number of putts (Scott and Ogilvy tied for third with 111).
The “I lost it on the back nine” award: Sadly this prize goes to Tiger Woods, who came home in 36 after going out in 31. In a familiar pattern, he was doomed by his putter.
The “I came out of nowhere” award: Ogilvy made five straight birdies on the back nine, evoking memories of the 2006 U.S. Open, where he staged a stealth rally to win the championship.
The “I caught the 3-putt bug” award: McIlroy, with no 3-putts in the first three rounds, suffered two 3-putts in the final round. Furthermore, McIlroy tied for last in the field with 35 putts in the last round.
The biggest Tiger putt of the day award: Woods at 9, where he slashed his drive into the trees and his second shot into a greenside bunker before burying an 18-foot par-saving putt.
The killer Tiger putt of the day award: Woods at 12, where his momentum came to a dead stop with a 4-foot miss.
The killer Tiger putt of the day award 2.0: Woods at 15, where he badly blocked his 5-foot eagle putt.
The “I changed putters too many times” award: It’s a legitimate question to ask if Woods is sacrificing a small measure of touch and control by changing putters. After all, every putter has its own personality. Ditto for Lee Westwood.
The sand goodie award: McIlroy on the 2nd hole, where he saved par by getting up-and-down on a 100-foot bunker shot.
The sand baddie award: For the tournament, Camilo Villegas and Ricky Barnes were 2-for-7 from the sand.