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Attending the 65th Masters by Web

Augusta National Putting Geen

by Geoff Mangum
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Updated Sunday, October 23, 2005 5:08 PM.

The Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course is the hottest ticket in all of sports. You just can't get in. And television coverage these days is a bit staid, to say the least. So let's get serious about this!

If you want to participate fully as a golfer in the 2001 Masters, you've got to get connected. Most of the stuff it's important to know is ONLY available on the Web - not in books, not on video, not in newspapers or magazines, not on radio, and certainly not on television. Hey, even if it's out there somewhere, it's not on your desktop all in one place! So let's go!

CONTENTS
Augusta

Final Wrap-Up

Sunday Morning Homestretch Reality Check -- How are the Players Doing? Who's Hot? CLICK HERE

Saturday Morning Halfway Reality Check -- How are the Players Doing? Who's Hot? CLICK HERE

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Schedules

Week Schedule, Tee Times (released Tue. April 3), Television Coverage

 

The Badges

John Boyette, Masters officials raise prices, Augusta Chronicle Sports, Jan. 3, 2001

Mike Sturcha, What does it take to get to the Masters - as a fan?, Golf World, Mar. 30, 2001

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Daily Hoopla - Previews, News, Scores

Leaderboard

IBM Realtime Leaderboard
(includes on-course camera with player & daily scorecards & performance stats!)

News and Daily Video Interviews

Tuesday: Darren Clarke Duval Mickelson Woods   Singh    
Wenesday: Hootie Johnson Davis Love III Nicklaus          
Thursday: Furyk Driscoll Mickelson Woods   DiMarco Cabrera Janzen
Friday: Triplett Duval Olazabal   Stricker   Cabrera  
Saturday: Mediate Duval Mickelson Woods Calcavecchia DiMarco Cabrera Els
Sunday:   Duval Mickelson Woods        

PGA Tour Audio Daily Interviews, Preview, 2000

PGA Tour Daily News and Previews

Daily Photos

Masters Robotic Webcams - You Aim and Zoom

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Golf Media Coverage

Golf Digest

Golf Magazine

Sports Illustrated / CNN Multimedia Coverage: Shot of the Day, Audio, Video Clips, Photos, Animated Tours

GolfWeb / PGA Tour / CBS SportsLine

Golf Today (UK / Europe)

Masters Radio Daily Coverage & Interviews

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The Event - History and Past Tournaments

The Masters Tournament is the creation of Bobby Jones and the first Tournament was held in 1934, won by Horton Smith. The history of the event is amply documented at the official website of the Masters. A second nice history is located on the Sports Illustrated site. Teaming up with CNN and the Augusta Chronicle newspaper, the Sports Illustrated coverage includes year-by-year coverage of the Masters in the pages of the Chronicle from the first victory in 1934 through Vijay Singh's win in 2000, as well as Sports Illustrated coverage since 1955. Similarly, this site gives complete final leaderboards for every year. The Golfonline.com history of the Masters has articles on Jones, McAlister, and a number of odds and ends about play over the years. The Sports section of the Augusta Chronicle has a separate collection of stories about the Masters. GofDigest.com has an excellent collection of 15 Masters articles from its magazine archives, ranging back to Herbert Warren Wind in April 1984. Golfweb/PGA Tour also has Facts & Figures and other History materials.

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Magnolia Lane, The Clubhouse, Cabins

Magnolia Lane Video Clubhouse Video Tour
Magnolia Lane article Clubhouse article
Magnolia Lane VR Clubhouse VR

The Course

The Augusta National Golf Course was designed and construced by Jones and Dr. Alistair McKenzie, with work completed in 1933. Dr. McKenzie is also the designer of Cypress Point and many other famous courses around the world.

Tour the Course Hole Cumulative Playing Stats Historical Landmarks on the Course
Raymond Floyd's Hole-by-Hole playing tactics More stats for how each hole was played are available for 1997 and following years.

Course Adjustments thru the Years

Ron Whitten article on changes

Walking Tour with Pan/Zoom Photos (includes Clubhouse and Champions Locker Room) Back Nine Trials and Tribulations

The Par 3 Course: The Par 3 contest is held Wednesday (April 4). Check the Official site's news that day.

Toms wins Par 3 Contest

Augusta National Multimedia Tour

FRONT NINE

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Tom Lehman

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Live Course Cams

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Par 4
Yards 455
Rank 5
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Par3
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Rank 17
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Rank 18
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John Cook

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Bernhard Langer

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Amen Corner
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Amen Corner (SI/CNN)

Three Bridges
(12, 13, 15)

Rae's Creek

Hogan's Bridge article

Hogan's Bridge Photo

Hogan's Bridge VR

Nelson's Bridge (13 Tee) article

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(16 Tee fountain)

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Front Nine

The Stats, Records, Past Champions

The Official masters site has a ton of stats and records. Masters stats have also been compiled by Sal Johnson at Golfonline.com. There is practically anything you could want to know here about Masters play from 1934 through 2000. Another full set of tournament records is collected here. The Golfonline.com past champions section lists every Masters since 1934, with winners and their scores. Clicking on the winner shows the Masters play for that golfer in every Masters that golfer has ever participated in through the years. For a quick look at the 4-round scores for the top-5 finishers each year, check out the GolfDigest.com past champion link for any year 1934-2000.

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The Players and Their Odds

For bio, on-course camera with the player, daily scorecards, and performance stats (driving accuracy, greens in regulation, putting, etc.), be sure to check out the IBM Realtime Scoring feature HERE.You can customize this feature to follow only those players you're interested in, as well.

Specific Players

Players Top of Page 72 Sum 72 Top 10 72 Stats 72 Notes 54 Sum 54 Top 10 54 Stats 54 Notes 36 Sum 36 Top 10 36 Stats 36 Notes

 

WRAPUP
Tiger shoots 68 to win by 2 over Duval, 3 over Mickelson. Calcavecchia faded. Izawaw, Furyk and Langer finish strong. KEY STAT: Woods had only 7 bogeys for 72 holes, the best of the top-10 finishers. Although he was not good in total putts (40th of 47), he was by far the best at GIRs in the whole field (59, 1st).

Players Top of Page 72 Sum 72 Top 10 72 Stats 72 Notes 54 Sum 54 Top 10 54 Stats 54 Notes 36 Sum 36 Top 10 36 Stats 36 Notes

72-Hole Top 10 Chart
Sunday Morning Homestretch Reality Check
Best of Leaders
Top 10 Fwy GIR, Putts
Strong
Weak
Player Score

Fairways
Top 10= 34-44

Greens in Reg.
Top 10= 46-59

Total Putts
Top 10=111-121

Birdies,
Eagles (E)

Bogeys, Double (D)
             
1. Woods 272 (-16) 40 59 (1st) 121 (T40) 23 7
2. Duval 274 (-14) 39 52 114 23 7 + 1D
3. Mickelson 275 (-13) 36 (40) 51 112 (T4) 25 8 + 2D
T4. Calcavecchia 278 (-10) 39 52 114 18 6 + 1D
T4. Izawa 278 (-10) 44 (5) 51 116 16 + 3E 12
T6. Triplett 279 (-9) 40 52 115 17 8
T6. Furyk 279 (-9) 41 48 111 (3) 22 13
T6. Langer 279 (-9) 39 51 113 (T6) 20 11
T6. Els 279 (-9) 41 46 (T38) 113 (T6) 13 + 2E 8
T9. Faxon 280 (-8) 42 54 (T6) 114 20 8 +1 Snowman (Quadruple bogey 8 on 11 in Rnd 4) ugh!
T9. DiMarco 280 (-8) 42 54 (T6) 114 19 11
T9. Stricker 280 (-8) 35 (T42) 53 (T9) 119 15 + 1E 9
T9. Cabrera 280 (-8) 34 (T44) 56 (T4) 118 20 8 + 2D
T9. Jimenez 280 (-8) 43 (T6) 48 112 (T4) 18 + 1E 7 + 1D

Players Top of Page 72 Sum 72 Top 10 72 Stats 72 Notes 54 Sum 54 Top 10 54 Stats 54 Notes 36 Sum 36 Top 10 36 Stats 36 Notes

Final 72-Hole Performance Stats

Top 10 Players in Boldface

Fairways - Average Performance for Field= 39.8 of 56 (71.2%) (excludes par 3s)
Top 10: Mediate (48), Katayama (47), Sutton (45), Franco (45), Izawa (44), Jimenez (43), Parnevik (43), Perry (43), Brooks (43), Lowery (43) Bottom 10: Olazabal (30), Scherrer (33), Couples (33), Cabrera (34), Weir (34), Lehman (35), Stricker (35), Mickelson (36), Langham (37), Azinger (37), Toms (37),
Greens in Regulation - Average Performance for Field= 49.5 of 72 (68.7%)
Top 10: Woods (59), Waldorf (58), Lehman (57), Cabrera (56), Brooks (56), Faxon (54), DiMarco (54), Maggert (54), Sutton (53), Houston (53), Stricker (53) Bottom 10: Allenby (40), Kaye (43), Leonard (44), Harrington (44), Olazabal (45), May (45), Langham (45), Franco (45), Roberts (45), Singh (46), Els (46), Mediate (46), Hart (46), Katayama (46)
Putting - Average Performance for Field= 117.4 for 72 holes (1.63 per hole)
Top 10: Harrington (106), Olazabal (109), Furyk (111), Mickelson (112), Jimenez (112), Langer (113), Els (113), O'Meara (113), Couples (113), Scherrer (113), Mediate (113) Bottom 10: Lehman (127), Waldorf (127), Brooks (127), Sutton (125), Perry (124), Jones (123), Lowery (123),Woods (121), Maggert (121), Hoch (121)

Players Top of Page 72 Sum 72 Top 10 72 Stats 72 Notes 54 Sum 54 Top 10 54 Stats 54 Notes 36 Sum 36 Top 10 36 Stats 36 Notes

72-Hole Notes

Special Cases and Notables
Woods

Shot his target score and won... simple.

Duval Charged up the leaderboard on the last two days, matched Tiger in stats, but had 1 double bogey and Tiger had none.
Mickelson Birdie machine with two unfortunate double bogeys.
Calcavecchia Faded on last day.
Izawa Chunked his third round (74), but had a great showing overall.
Triplett Played as sharp as Duval tee-to-green but came up with 6 fewer birdies. Steady as she goes. 68-70-70-71.
Furyk Final round 32 on front advanced Furyk nicely, but he was +1 on back nine. Great putting. Just too many bogeys overall.
Langer Never figured out the front nine, but played the last three rounds on the back 33-32-33. Great putting. Could have finished in top 4 except for an off first round 73.
Els Nothing special on Sunday. Good putting but he missed some greens.
Faxon Poor 1st round, and snowman 8 (quadruple bogey) on No. 11 in 4th round -- if he had parred No. 11, he would have finished 4th with a closing 67! Hit a lot of GIRs.
DiMarco Leaked a little oil over the last two days.
Stricker Missed some fairways and didn't putt all that great, but hit GIRs. Great opening round 66 but then pldded along.
Cabrera Missed fairways but hit the greens. Had a double bogey on the 71st hole that kept him out of the top 5.
Jimenez Very steady play, good putting, missed a few GIRs.
SUNDAY EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

It looks like a three-player race over the final 18 holes -- in effect, match play with Tiger, Phil, and Calcavecchia. Calc spots Tiger 2 strokes and Phil 1 stroke. If Tiger cards a double bogey anywhere, he can be caught. Otherwise, it's Tiger's to lose.

Generally speaking, PGA Tour events are seldom won unless the winner ranks in the top 10 in either GIR or Putting (all top-10 players at the 54-hole mark have at least one or the other). At a minimum, the winner needs a top-10 in one of these two, plus at least a top-25 in the other. A player who has a top-5 in one and a top-10 in the other (Calcavecchia alone claims this distinction), or even top-10 in both GIR and Putting (only Calcavecchia), is very very hard to beat.

Woods appears to be the only current exception to this general PGA Tour analysis. He sticks so many greens close he doesn't need a top-25 putting perforance to win. In fact, he's very nar the bottom in putting for weekend players (38th of 47). Obviously, Woods doesn't need to putt well to win.

However, at the 54-hole point, the stats picture is sufficiently clarified that you have to take the stroke advantage into account. Comparing Tiger and Calcavecchia now is comparing Calcavecchia giving Woods a 2-stroke headstart on the final 18 holes. So it comes down to whether Woods keeps the bogeys off his card and gets a few birdies. If Woods shoots 69-70, he will be hard to catch.


Players Top of Page 72 Sum 72 Top 10 72 Stats 72 Notes 54 Sum 54 Top 10 54 Stats 54 Notes 36 Sum 36 Top 10 36 Stats 36 Notes
54-Hole Top 10 Chart
Sunday Morning Homestretch Reality Check
Best of Leaders
Top 10 Fwy GIR, Putts
Strong
Weak
Player Score

Fairways
Top 10= 23-37

Greens in Reg.
Top 10= 33-47

Total Putts
Top 10=80-93

Birdies,
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1. Woods 204 (-12) 28 47 (1st) 93 (38th of 47) 17 5
2. Mickelson 205 (-11) 28 39 83 (4th) 19 4 + 2D
T3. Calcavecchia 206 (-10) 30 40 (T8) 84 (T5) 14 2 + 1D
T3. DiMarco 206 (-10) 26 38 81 (3rd) 15 5
T5. Els 207 (-9) 32 (T5) 36 85 (T9) 10 + 2E 5
T5. Duval 207 (-9) 27 37 85 (T9) 15 4 + 1D
T5. Cabrera 207 (-9) 27 37 85 (T9) 16 5 + 1D
T8. Triplett 208 (-8) 29 40 (T8) 86 13 5
T8.Mediate 208 (-8) 37 (1st) 36 84 (T5) 16 6 + 1D
T10.Olazabal 209 (-7) 23 33 80 (1st) 16 9
T10. Faxon 209 (-7) 31 41 (T3) 87 12 5
T10. Janzen 209 (-7) 32 (T5) 38 84 (T5) 12 + 1E 7
T10. Stricker 209 (-7) 25 40 (T8) 90 12 + 1E 7

Players Top of Page 72 Sum 72 Top 10 72 Stats 72 Notes 54 Sum 54 Top 10 54 Stats 54 Notes 36 Sum 36 Top 10 36 Stats 36 Notes

Performance Stats 54 Holes - Stats thru Saturday exclude those who Missed the Cut

Top 10 Players in Boldface

Fairways - Average Performance for Field= 29.9 of 42 (71.2%) (excludes par 3s)
Top 10: Mediate (37), Katayama (35), Sutton (33), Allenby (33), Els (32), Janzen (32), Izawa (32), Waldorf (32), Perry (32), Roberts (32), Brooks (32), Franco (32), Lowery (32) Bottom 10: Lehman (23), Olazabal (23), Stricker (25), Weir (25), Langham (26), Duval (27), Cabrera (27), Scherrer (27), Toms (27), Couples (27)
Greens in Regulation - Average Performance for Field= 36.7 of 54 (67.9%)
Top 10: Woods (47), Waldorf (45), Faxon (41), Maggert (41), Sutton (41), Lehman (41), Brooks (41), Calcavecchia (40), Triplett (40), Stricker (40), Perry (40), Franco (40) Bottom 10: Hart (31), Allenby (31), May (32), Leonard (32), Harrington (32), Olazabal (33), Singh (33), Kaye (33), Langham (33), Hoch (35), Appleby (35), Couples (35)
Putting - Average Performance for Field= 88.4 for 54 holes (1.64 per hole)
Top 10: Olazabal (80), Harrington (80), DiMarco (81), Mickelson (83), Mediate (84), Janzen (84), Jimenez (84), Singh (84), Els (85), Duval (85), Cabrera (85), Leonard (85) Bottom 10: Appleby (97+), Lehman (97), Waldorf (96), Franco (96), Brooks (95), Lowery (94), Perry (94), Woods 993), Jones (93), Sutton (91), Maggert (91)

Players Top of Page 72 Sum 72 Top 10 72 Stats 72 Notes 54 Sum 54 Top 10 54 Stats 54 Notes 36 Sum 36 Top 10 36 Stats 36 Notes

 

54-Hole Notes

Special Cases and Notables
Woods

Who needs putting? When you hit 47 of 54 green (that's 87%!!) AND you're also STICKING 'EM CLOSE, you can be a birdie machine without worrying too much about bogeys. And that's what Tiger is doing - the ONLY top 10 player who is strong both birdies and in keeping bogey-free. If Mickelson hadn't 3-jacked from 5 feet, and had only 2-putted from 5 feet, he would be a co-leader.

BACK NINE: Tiger (-6); Phil (-5). Also, Tiger is playing holes 10-11 better than Phil: Tiger bogeyed 10 once and birdie 11 once (even); Phil bogeyed 11 and bogey 10 once each (+2). Thru Amen Corner (11-13) Woods is -2 and Mickelson is -1. It's Tiger's to lose.

Mickelson Tiger is giving Mickelson 10 strokes in putting and two in the birdie battle, and Phil is only giving back 3 in the bogey department, so why is Tiger not 9 strokes down to Phil? Greens in Regulation! Tiger hit 8 more than Phil so far, and he really sticks it when he gets there, too. So who needs putting? (Answer: everyone EXCEPT Tiger.)
Calcavecchia The only player with a top-10 rank in BOTH GIRs and Putting, and the CLEANEST card in the top 10, with only 2 bogeys and 1 double bogey. If he continues to avoid trouble and Tiger makes a double bogey, Calc can make up the 2-stroke deficit in a heartbeat and has a strong chance to win. Over the last 36 holes, he carded 10 birdies against only one bogey (-9), while Woods carded 13 birdies and 3 bogeys(-10), and Mickelson carded 13 birdies and 3 bogeys and 2 double bogeys (-6). He'll need at least a 67 to win, which is probably less than 50% likely. It's Tiger's to lose.
DiMarco Putting is keeping him in the Top 5, but still not strong enough with driver and irons.
Els Hitting a lot of fairways and putting great, but hit 11 fewer greens than Tiger, and could use a few more birdies. Still, playing very strong. Top-5 finish unless he messes up.
Duval Very good stats, real good putting, and a clean card with only 4 bogeys and 1 double bogey. Can he rip off 7 birdies and 1 bogey like he did Friday to shoot 66? he could win, but he'll need some help from Tiger, like a 70+ score (not likely). Probably top-5.
Cabrera Coming on like gangbusters Saturday until he double-bogeyed the 15th and bogeyed the 18th to drop 3 shots. If he had just parred out 15-18, he would be the co-leader now. Now way can he spot Tiger 3 strokes over the final 18.
Triplett Great stats, nearly as good as Calcaveccha's, but just not getting enough birdies. Played last 36 holes only -4, with 8 birdies and 4 bogeys (3 on Saturday). Might get in the top-5.
Mediate Top putting (T5) and 1st in Fairways, but he gives up ground on GIRs (36 compared to Tiger's 47 and Calc's 40 and Phil's 39), and he slips too often into bogey-land (6 bogeys and 1 double so far). Had a fantastic round Saturday, 7 birdies and 1 bogey, just like Duval on Friday, but that's too tough an act to follow spotting Tiger 4 strokes into the final round.
Olazabal Missing fairways and greens, but great putting keeps him in the top 10. Missed 5 more fairways than Tiger and missed 14 more greens, but he's scrambling with his short game. If one could only meld Tiger's GIRs and driver play with Olazabal's short game and putting .... Tiger would have at least a 10 stroke lead over the field now, or more.
Janzen Gone. Janzen's putting is keeping him in the race, but he's just not converting enough birdie chances. Carded 5 bogeys on Saturday.
Faxon Hitting lots of GIRs, but just not converting birdies. Putting is so-so. Strong over last 36 holes, with 10 birdies and 2 bogeys (-8).
Singh Still putting great (T5), but not hitting too many greens and carded 4 bogeys on Saturday. 213 T23.
Lehman Absolutely terrible on hitting fairways, and absolutely terrible on putting. But he hits a lot of greens in regulation and is scrambling, so he's still clinging on for a Top-25 finish at the Masters -- game player needing some putting help! 214 T25.
Waldorf Holy cow! Second only to Tiger in GIRs (45), and hit 4 more fairways -- he just takes too many putts (96) - a real waste of opportunities. Carded 6 bogeys on Saturday.

Players Top of Page 72 Sum 72 Top 10 72 Stats 72 Notes 54 Sum 54 Top 10 54 Stats 54 Notes 36 Sum 36 Top 10 36 Stats 36 Notes

 

36-Hole Executive Summary
Generally speaking, PGA Tour events are seldom won unless the winner ranks in the top 10 in either GIR or Putting (Strcker and Duval have neither so far); at a minimum, the winner needs a top-10 in one of these two, plus at least a top-25 in the other (Tiger is an exception here); a player who has a top-5 in one and a top-10 in the other (no one yet claims this distinction), or even top-10 in both GIR and Putting (no one yet), is very very hard to beat. The stats rankings after the first two rounds is a pretty good indicator of where things are headed.
Saturday Morning Halfway Point Reality Check
Best of Leaders
Top 10
Strong
Weak
Player Score

Fairways
Top 10= 22-25

Greens in Reg.
Top 10= 28-31

Total Putts
Top 10=51-56

Birdies,
Eagles (E)

Bogeys, Double (D)
             
1. DiMarco 134 (-10) 18 26 52 (2nd) 12 2
T2. Woods 136 (-8) 19 31 (T-1st) 60 12 4
T2. Mickelson 136 (-8) 19 23 51 (1st) 13 3 + 1D
T4. Izawa 137 (-7) 21 25 55 (T-6) 10 + 1E 5
T4. Stricker 137 (-7) 17 27 59 9 + 1E 4
T4. Cabrera 137 (-7) 19 29 (T-5) 57 8 2
T.4 Duval 137 (-7) 20 25 57 11 2 + 1D
T4. Janzen 137 (-7) 22 (T-10) 26 55 (T-6) 7 + 1E 2
T9. Olazabal 138 (-6) 18 24 55 (T-6) 11 5
T9. Calcavecchia 138 (-6) 18 25 54 (5th) 10 2 + 1D
T9. Triplett 138 (-6) 21 29 (T-5) 60 8 2

Players Top of Page 72 Sum 72 Top 10 72 Stats 72 Notes 54 Sum 54 Top 10 54 Stats 54 Notes 36 Sum 36 Top 10 36 Stats 36 Notes

 

Performance Stats thru 36 holes

Top 10 Players in Boldface

Fairways - Average Performance for Field= 19.6 of 28 (70%) (excludes par 3s)
Top 10: Garcia (25), Katayama (25), Faldo (25), Puga (24), Campbell (24), Hart (23), Mediate (23), Perry (23), Fulke (23), Ten at (22) including Palmer Bottom 10: Ballesteros (11), Trahan (12), Lehman (14), Maruyama (15), Quinney (16), Ilonen (16), Mize (16), Scherrer (16), Stricker (17), Driscoll (17), Love (17), Floyd (17)

Greens in Regulation - Average Performance for Field= 23.6 of 36 (65.5%)
Top 10: Woods (31), Waldorf (31), Franco (30), Jones (30), Brooks (29), Cabrera (29), Triplett (29), Maggert (29), Azinger (28), Perry (28), Weir (28), Lehman (28), Woosnam (28) Bottom 10: Casper (9), Aaron (13), Crenshaw (16), Palmer (17), Norman (17), Fulke (17), Ballesteros (18), Faldo (19), Quinney (20), Campbell (20), Floyd (20), Baddeley (20), Montgomerie (20), Begay (20), Allenby (20)

Putting - Average Performance for Field= 52.4 for 36 holes (1.74 per hole)
Top 10: Mickelson (51), DiMarco (52), Harrington (52), Fulke (53), Calcavecchia (54), Driscoll (55), Janzen (55), Olazabal (55), Izawa (55), Singh (56), Jimenez (56) Bottom 10: Puga (too many - off the screen), Waite (72), Coody (70), Stadler (67), Durant (67), Waldorf (67), Lehman (66), Flesch (66), Sabbatini (66), Trahan (66)

Players Top of Page 72 Sum 72 Top 10 72 Stats 72 Notes 54 Sum 54 Top 10 54 Stats 54 Notes 36 Sum 36 Top 10 36 Stats 36 Notes



36-Hole Notes

Special Cases and Notables
DiMarco Great putting, but not strong enough with woods and irons to sustain lead. Only 2 bogeys, though, while Woods has 5 bogeys. Could be a question of who blows it with too many bogeys.
Woods & Mickelson Putting is hurting Tiger; he hits the greens but doesn't one-putt enough; Phil missed 8 greens more than Tiger but Tiger didn't capitalize with any extra one-putts; Tiger gave up 9 strokes with putting to Phil; Phil double-bogied par-3 No. 12 in Round 2! ugh. Looks to me like it's Phil's short-game against Tiger's approach/wedge play - if Tiger starts sticking it closer to ease pressure off his putting, and avoids bogeys, he looks very strong.
Janzen and Izawa Two dark horses playing very strong! Only two in top-10 with two strengths and no weakness of three categories Fairways, GIR, Putting. Izawa has plenty of birdies to win, but has 5 bogeys. Janzen doesn't have the birdis, but is keeping the bogey off. If guys ahead of them falter, either of these two could win, especially Janzen.
Lehman Missing fairways all over the place but still getting on the greens with the best of them! If only he could putt. What a waste! Still, 143 (T-30) ain't bad.
Singh Better stats than Mickelson for fairways and greens, but just not generating the birdies (7 birdies, 3 bogeys). Putting pretty well at 56, just not as well as Mickelson.
Nicklaus Great stats, 21 Fairways, 24 GIRs, 61 putts; just too many bogeys (7) an not enough birdies (3) -- T59 missed cut.
Els Great stats, 22 Fairways, 26 GIRs, 59 Putts; 139 (T-12), 7 birdies, 1 eagle, 4 bogeys. Just not clicking on all cylinders.
Waldorf Just like Lehman -- 1st in GIRs, great at hitting Fairways (22, T-10), just can't putt (66)!
Perry Same story -- great in hitting Fairways (23, T-6), and GIRs (28, T-9), just too many putts (63).
Garcia Hit a lot of Fairways (25, 1st), missed some greens (24), not that great at putting (58), too many bogeys (6 plus 1 double bogey). 146 T-48.
Love Missing fairways (17) and greens (24) and putts (63). 146 T48.
Amateurs Top= Driscoll (146 T-48, 17 Fairways, 21 GIRs, 55 Putts); Ilonen (151 T-76, 16 Fairways, 21 GIRs, 61 Putts); Trahan (153 T-83, 12 Fairways, 23 GIRs, 66 Putts); Puga (156 T-86, 24 Fairways, 21 GIRs, too many Putts); Quinney (156 T-86, 16 Fairways, 20 GIRs, 64 Putts)
Faldo 151 T-76, lots of Fairways (25, T-1), not many GIRS (19), too many putts (59), lots of bogeys (6 plus 2 doubles).
Norman 153 T-83, ok on fairways (21), missing lots of greens (17), too many putts (62), 12 bogeys (10 in 2nd round) - pee-yoo!
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Invitees / Past Champions Who Declined:

George Archer, Jack Burke Jr., Byron Nelson, Bob Goalby, Herman Keiser, Sam Snead, Art Wall Jr.

In memoriam:
Gene Sarazen, who passed away last year.

 

Amateur Invitees:

James Driscoll (US Am Runner-up),
Mikko Ilonen (Finland) (British Am Champ),
Greg Puga (US Mid-Am Champ), Golf Digest story
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Jeff Quinney (US Am Champ),
D.J. Trahan (US Am Public Links Champ).

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Rookies / First-Appearance Pros:

Greg Chalmers (Australia) (top-4 2000 PGA Championship),
Jose Coceres (Argentina) (top-50 2000 World Golf Ranking),
Chris DiMarco (top-40 PGA Tour 2000 money list),
Steve Flesch (top-40 PGA Tour 2000 money list, top-50 2000 and current World Golf Ranking),
Pierre Fulke (Sweden) (top-50 2000 and current World Golf Ranking),
Toshi Izawa (Japan) (top-5- current World Golf Ranking),
Shingo Katayama (Japan),
Jonathan Kaye (top-40 PGA Tour 2000 money list),
Franklin Langham (top-40 PGA Tour 2000 money list),
Bob May (top-4 2000 PGA Championship, top-40 PGA Tour 2000 money list, top-50 2000 and current World Golf Ranking),
Eduardo Romero (Argentina) (top-50 2000 and current World Golf Ranking),
Rory Sabbatini (South Africa) (top-40 PGA Tour 2000 money list),
Tom Scherrer (top-40 PGA Tour 2000 money list).

Aaron Baddeley (Australia) (special invitation)
Shingo Katayama (Japan) (special invitation)

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