published Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Short shots from 2014 Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Jay Greeson breaks down Friday's second-round action from the Masters at Augusta National.


* 0 -- Players who played each round of a Masters in the 60s. Second-round leader Bubba Watson has completed the halfway point of achieving that historic feat with a 69-68 showing in this week's first two rounds.

* 3 -- Players who have won back-to-back Masters. The list includes all-time names Jack Nicklaus (1965-66), Nick Faldo (1989-90) and Tiger Woods (2001-02). Defending champ Adam Scott could add his name to that prestigious list with a good weekend. Scott is tied for third at the midpoint at 3 under par.

* 10 -- Former champions advancing to the weekend, including Watson, Scott and Fred Couples, who are among the top 10 entering today's third round. At the other end of the spectrum, former champs Sandy Lyle and Jose Maria Olazabal made the cut right at 4 over and are among the 51 players in today's round.

* 14 -- Players under par entering the weekend. Six others are at even par, including Lee Westwood and Matt Kuchar.

Shot of the day

Playing with good friend Harris English, Russell Henley moved into contention with a 2-under 70 Friday. He made five birdies in the round, but none more eye-popping than his final one. Henley chipped in for a 3 from 55 yards on the 440-yard 17th, getting into red numbers and delivering his first signature Masters moment.

"The course gave me one back there. ... You don't make many of those," he said

Best and worst

* Best jinx: Ryan Moore won the par-3 contest here Wednesday but missed the cut after shooting a 5-over 149. That means the string continues that the par-3 winner has never gone on to win the tournament in the same year.

* Best question: How about, "Who's that guy?" Other than Couples, Scott and Watson, the leaderboard at this Masters looks more like a Saturday at the John Deere. Quick, is the collection of Senden, Blixt, Bjorn and Walker an accounting firm in Hixson or the rest of the players in the top six of this Masters?

* Best introduction: Westwood said he had never seen the pin placement on the 240-yard, par-3 No. 5 where it was Friday -- up front and on an incline. "Typical I hit it on top when it's down there," Westwood lamented. No sweat. He rolled in a 60-footer that broke from left to right at least half that much and trickled down, down, down before rolling in. "Yeah, it was a 20-second putt," he said afterward.

* Worst puns: Thomas Bjorn followed a first-round 70 with a second-round 71 and is at 3 under. Maybe he's Bjorn to run here at Augusta National. If he wins, is there any doubt CBS announcer Jim Nantz will toss out, "Oh, baby, Bjorn" on Sunday afternoon?

* Worst break: Rory McIlroy's second shot into the reachable par-5 13th hit a sprinkler head a few inches off the green and bounded into the azaleas behind the green.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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