With the 2020 Masters, which was scheduled to begin Thursday at Augusta National, postponed until November, The Post this week each day is reliving some of the most memorable moments coinciding with each round of the Masters.
Here’s a look at some memorable Friday Masters moments:
It goes to eleven
Anthony Kim has never won a Masters. He, in fact, played it just three times, the last in 2011, when he missed the cut.
But the Friday of Kim’s first Masters, in 2009, was as memorable as any round in tournament history, because he carded 11 birdies in 18 holes, which was only his second competitive round at Augusta National.
Kim, 23 at the time, would finish tied for 20th by tournament’s end, but those 11 birdies still stand as a Masters single-round record.
“I really don’t know what happened,” a dazed Kim said after the round.
After shooting an opening-round 75, Kim said his goal in the second round was to “just go out there and have some fun,” try to go low and make the cut.
The result was a 65 that remarkably included a double bogey and two bogeys.
“It feels like a 58,’’ Kim said. “The putter got hot and my confidence kept getting a little bit bigger. When the putter is hot, nothing really gets in your way.’’
Geoff Ogilvy, recalled being told when he finished his round what Kim had done up ahead of him and saying in disbelief, “He did what?’’
The scoring average for that second round was 74.84, the highest it would be all week. Only 17 players in the field of 96 broke par with just three of them posting a sub-70 score.
“You just don’t do those sorts of things here,’’ Nick Faldo, who was calling the action for CBS that day, said. “He didn’t have a clue what he was doing. He was the type of player who stood up there, saw the flag and just went at it.”
Paul Azinger, who was Kim’s Ryder Cup captain in ’08, called the round “crazy aggressive,” adding, “Maybe he played like he knew he wasn’t going to always have these chances.”
Those proved to be prophetic words as Kim ended up walking away from the game in 2012 after a series of injuries, never to be heard from on the golf course again.
Rory McIlroy, who was paired with Kim in that round, said, “I miss Anthony Kim. The Tour was a better place with him in it.”
The Friday round of the 2005 Masters, which was eventually won by Tiger Woods, was marred by a confrontation between Vijay Singh, who was the No. 1 ranked player in the world at the time, and Phil Mickelson, the defending champion, when Singh called out Mickelson for leaving spike marks in the greens.
Singh, playing in the group behind Mickelson, summoned a referee at the 12th hole, where he was playing at the time, and complained that Mickelson’s spikes were leaving large marks in the green.
A referee then caught up with Mickelson’s group after they’d teed off on No. 13 and conveyed Singh’s complaint to Mickelson.
According to Joe Damiano, the caddie for Stuart Appleby, who was paired with Mickelson, the referee told Mickelson another official was going to be sent out to “file down” his spikes, causing Appleby, to crack, “What are they going to send? A blacksmith?”
The official with a file was never sent out and Mickelson continued playing in his own size 12 Callaway shoes.
Mickelson kept his composure as he played out his first round, but, according to two eyewitnesses, the Singh complaint infuriated Mickelson and later led to what one source termed “a serious altercation” between the two top players inside the champion’s locker room.
According to the eyewitness, Mickelson stepped right up to Singh in the locker room and asked him if he wanted to take the issue outside, and Singh backed down.
“I was extremely distracted and would have appreciated if it would have been handled differently or after the round,’’ Mickelson said later. “After sitting in the locker room for a while, I heard Vijay talking to other players about it and I confronted him. He expressed his concerns. I expressed my disappointment with the way it was handled.’’
There were so many elements to Tiger Woods’ record-setting victory in 1997 — his first of five green jackets — that stand out. One of them was the move he made in his Friday round. Paul Azinger, an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour, had a front-row seat for it, paired with Woods in the second round.
It was the first time Azinger had played with Woods, and it was eye-opening. He began the day one shot ahead of Woods and ended it six shots behind him after Woods shot 66 to Azinger’s 73.
“I’d never seen Tiger actually make a full swing and hit a shot — driving range, golf course, nothing — maybe on TV,’’ Azinger recalled. “I said to my caddie on the second hole, ‘You know, I’ve never seen this kid hit a shot. I’m going to watch this.’ It was the most picturesque drive I’d ever seen in my entire life. I just looked at my caddie and whispered to him, ‘Holy [bleep].’ That was all I could say.
“He shot the easiest 66 that I’d ever seen. I hit 3-wood, 8-iron to 13 [a par-5] and he hit 3-wood, pitching wedge. I hit driver, 8-iron to 15 [another par-5] and he hit driver, pitching wedge. We were two clubs apart, which blew my mind that I was two clubs shorter than anyone on Tour. You can’t defend against being two clubs shorter than somebody. You’re not going to beat that guy.
“It intimidated me a little bit.’’
Two days later, Woods went on to win that Masters by a record 12 shots.
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