Behind the numbers: Round 2 at Augusta
Saturday, April 7, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Though you might hear reports of a demanding 18th hole at Augusta National, don’t tell that to Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar. They have both recorded a pair of birdies.
2012 Masters: Round 2 at Augusta
Don't miss these images of the players as they get underway in the second round of the 2012 Masters at Augusta National.
“The hole location was a probably a lot more friendly today than (Thursday),” Kuchar said, though it still required an approach shot of approximately 190 yards.
Having shot 70 to get to the midway point at 3 under, Kuchar is tied for eighth, just two back.
Elsewhere, some other numbers of note:
HE FIGURED IT OUT: Credit his enormous experience or perhaps his tremendous skill, but Fred Couples recorded the only birdie of the day at the par-4 ninth. The hole ranked toughest, with a field average of 4.521 as there were 43 bogeys, two doubles and a dreaded “other.”
AS ALWAYS, A TOUGH STOP: The par-4 11th is always a challenge, and in Round 2 it ranked fourth-toughest at 4.372. Only two birdies were recorded, by Kevin Na and Bill Haas.
FIGURE THIS OUT: Keegan Bradley had a rough day, shooting 77, and he made just one birdie at the par 5s. But he did manage one of three birdies at the par-3 sixth. The others were made by Jason Dufner and Sean O’Hair.
NO RED ON THEIR STAY: Amateur Randal Lewis (81-78) and former champ Craig Stadler (82-81) played 36 holes without a birdie.
WELL, THAT PUTS A STOP TO THAT: Jim Furyk was the only bogey-free player Thursday, but that streak came to a halt quickly. He bogeyed No. 1. Still, at 73-70, Furyk is tied for 19th and just four back.
EXPLAIN THIS: Remember when Tiger Woods used to chew up and spit out the back nine like he were at the local muni? Well, on his last three trips over the famed stretch of holes, he has shot 36, 37 and 38 – a cumulative 3 over. And in his last four trips on the back nine, he has made a total of three birdies.
BACK TO THE WALL: It was so unlike Steve Stricker, but when he four-putted for double bogey at the par-4 10th, he was 6 over and on the outside looking in at the cut. He proceeded to play the next eight holes with two birdies and six pars to shoot 77 and sneak into the weekend at 4 over.
HE’S GOT A DIFFERENT VIEW OF THINGS: When told that he had run his streak to five for consecutive cuts made in the majors, Gary Woodland shrugged. “That’s nice, but I’m here to win,” said Woodland after shooting 70-73. At 1 under, he’s in a share of 19th.