By Jim Gorant
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Up Down
Zach Johnson
The fast, dry conditions played to his strengths, and he took advantage, hitting fairways and greens while making lots of putts.
Tiger Woods
He was in the hunt until the final hole, but faced with a course he couldn't overpower, he failed to pull off the shots he needed down the stretch.
Nick Faldo
Seven minutes into Thursday's broadcast, Faldo, who reined in his cheekiness but remained sharp, predicted an over-par winning score. Wonder if he was happier to be right or to be in the warm booth?
Ian Baker-Finch
Baker-Finch talks a lot without saying anything, except to promote Australia and pimp any Aussie player. Is he getting a kickback from the tourism board?
Tom Fazio
The celebrated architect was brought in by former Augusta chairman Hootie Johnson to draw a mustache on the Mona Lisa, and last week his work looked like a giant Fu Manchu-in indelible ink.
Alister MacKenzie
Rough. Trees. Narrow fairways. Flags on mounds. The original artist's masterpiece has been dismantled to the point that it would almost certainly be unrecognizable to him-or Bobby Jones.
Gary Player
The Black Knight tied Arnold Palmer's record of 50 Masters appearances and looked good doing it-he finished at a respectable 16 over in brutal conditions.
Arnold Palmer
A big week for Arnie-he hit the opening tee shot-but he looked petty when he took a swipe at Player by saying, "If he's not embarrassed for himself, I won't be embarrassed for him."
Others
The most dreaded term in professional golf. There were 38 of them this year after only 22 in 2006.
Eagles
A Masters staple, the roar-inducing eagle was truly a rare bird in 2007, appearing only 18 times-with 10 of those coming on Sunday-compared with 29 last year.
Fred Couples
Despite a bad back and tough conditions, Freddie toughed it out in the name of Masters glory and tied Gary Player's record by making the cut for a 23rd straight year.
Fred Couples
Coming in with little practice, he played reasonably well and made the cut, but Couples is likely done for the season thanks to a cranky back that may require surgery.
CBS Sportsline
Its live webcasts featured the ingenious Boss Button, a tab that converted the screen to a spreadsheet in a single click, so all the CEOs watching at work could avoid getting caught by their assistants.
Masters.org
Its version of Masters Extra kicked viewers off every 10 minutes, interrupting the action and forcing stalwart watchers to restart the player five times to catch the entire hour.

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