One last round
Past champions Gary Player and Fuzzy Zoeller played their last competitive rounds at Augusta on Friday. Player, the 1961 and '74 champ, shot 83 and finished the tournament 17 over and in last place. It was Player's 52nd Masters. Zoeller, who won in his first Masters appearance in 1979, was 11 over for the tournament and finished tied for 90th. He has played 31 times. "Greatest thrill I ever had in my life," Zoeller said of his final walk up the 18th fairway. Player said: "I had a standing ovation on all 36 holes. How do you let people know how much you appreciate the love?"
Anthony Kim set a Masters record with 11 birdies in Friday's second round. Kim, 23 and playing in his first Masters, shot 7-under 65, 10 shots better than Thursday's 75. "I haven't been making 11 birdies in two days," Kim said. "To make 11 in one day is pretty special, and to do it at Augusta is incredible. If I can keep my putter hot, I like my chances here." He was tied for sixth, five shots behind leaders Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry. Nick Price had 10 birdies in the third round of the 1986 tournament. The 65 was Kim's best round of the year, his best since 64 at the Tour Championship in September and the lowest round of the day. Kim pulled himself together after a bogey at No. 9 and a double-bogey at No. 10. He drew a few insights, he said, from a story about Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, one year younger than Kim and killed in a car wreck early Thursday after pitching in a game. "I refocused on the 11th tee. I made some good swings. I told myself, 'No matter what you shoot, I want you to put this tournament round in perspective.' Look, it's been my dream to be at the Masters all my life. I didn't want to pout about bogeys. I just wanted to go out there and have some fun. That's what made 11 birdies a lot easier."
Add this to the list that started Thursday: A record 17 eagles were made in the second round, breaking by two the mark set in 1997. … If Kenny Perry comes through with the win, he will be the oldest major champion. He will be 48 years, 8 months Sunday, four months older than Julius Boros when he won the 1968 PGA Championship. … Tiger Woods, seven off the lead, has never won a major when trailing by more than six shots after 36 holes.
Where did this come from?
Todd Hamilton has played in nine PGA Tour events this season, and he has missed the cut in seven. His best finish has been a tie for 39th at the Honda Classic. He has made $36,040. And yet he sat three shots off the lead after two rounds at the Masters. Go figure. Hamilton, 43, followed his opening-round 68 with 2-under 70 and was 6 under overall. He had never shot in the 60s before in five Masters, and his best finish is a tie for 36th last year. But he is not a slouch in majors. He won the 2004 British Open and earned a five-year Masters exemption that ends this year. "I wanted to have a chance to come back," he said.
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A mighty wind
Padraig Harrington's hopes of a third straight major win were alive after a second-round 73 had him at 2 under. But if he misses the championship by a shot, he'll think back to the 15th hole Friday. While addressing his 4-foot birdie putt, a gust of wind moved his ball. Harrington was deemed to have caused his ball to move because he had addressed it. He was assessed a one-shot penalty; he made the putt for par. Harrington won the 2008 British Open and PGA Championship, the last two majors on the schedule.
Anthony Kim made the biggest move of the day with his 10-shot turnaround and led the group of players that moved into contention. Rory Sabbatini, left, fired 5-under 67, a six-shot swing from Thursday to finish tied for seventh at 4 under. Steve Stricker climbed to within six shots of the lead after 3-under 69. Angel Cabrera shot another 68 and was one shot off the lead. Sergio Garcia was back in the mix after 5-under 67. And Kenny Perry vaulted to a tie for the lead after 5-under 67. Then there were the players who headed south. Hunter Mahan was one shot off the lead Thursday but followed with 3-over 75 and fell to ninth. Veteran Larry Mize followed his surprising 67 with 76 but made the cut at 1 under. Sean O'Hair ballooned to 4-over 76 and was tied for 32nd. Stewart Cink went from 69 to 78 and missed the cut. Zach Johnson, the 2007 winner, shot 8-over 80 after an opening-round 70 and missed the cut by five shots. Then there was Prayad Marksaeng, who went from 70 to 84, Friday's high round. He didn't make the cut, either.
See you next week
Seven former Masters champions will play in next week's Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz. Five can get to the tournament earlier than desired. Tom Watson shot 83 on Friday to finish at 13-over 157, 95th out of 96 players. It was his worst score at Augusta. Watson is the two-time defending champion at the Outback Pro-Am. Also missing the cut of 1-over 145: Ben Crenshaw at 12 over, Craig Stadler 7 over, Bernhard Langer 6 over and Fuzzy Zoeller 11 over. Next week's participants still at the Masters are Larry Mize, who was 1 under and tied for 27th, and Sandy Lyle, in contention at 2-under 142.
Fred Couples birdied three of his last four holes but finished 2 over, one shot off the cut line. Other notables out include Jose Marie Olazabal (2 over), Stewart Cink (3 over), Ernie Els (2 over), Boo Weekley (5 over), Zach Johnson (6 over) and Greg Norman (3 over).