Kim on a birdie binge

2009-04-11 01:35
Anthony Kim

Augusta - Anthony Kim left his mark on the U.S. Masters on Friday, ripping apart Augusta National Golf Club for a tournament record 11 birdies.

Kim's round also included two bogeys and a double-bogey at the par-four 10th to leave him on seven-under 65, a 10-shot improvement on the 75 he carded in his debut round on Thursday.

"I haven't been making 11 birdies in two days; so to make 11 in one day is pretty special," the 23-year-old American told reporters after he moved into contention in a tie for sixth on four-under 140. "Obviously to do it at Augusta is amazing.

"Hopefully I can build off that and if I keep the putter hot, I like my chances here."

Playing with teenagers Rory McIlroy and Ryo Ishikawa, Kim was overshadowed by the pair during Thursday's opening round but stepped into the spotlight on Friday when he eclipsed the 10 birdies posted by Zimbabwe's Nick Price in the 1986 third round.

After covering the first eight holes in five under, Kim said he felt things slipping away with his bogey on nine and double-bogey on 10.

But then he recalled a story he had read early that morning about the death of promising Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart, who was killed in a car crash on Thursday just hours after pitching six shutout innings.

"No matter what I shoot, I wanted to put this tournament round in perspective," said Kim.

"I read a great story this morning before I teed off about that baseball player who died two nights ago, and I said, 'look, it's been a dream of mine to be at the Masters my whole life'.

"There's no reason to pout about a bogey or a three-putt, enjoy being out here and enjoy all of the hard work that was put into it by myself and my parents and go out there and have some fun.

"The last line in the story was: 'You never know what can happen, even at 22. You have to live every moment of every day like it's your last'.

"I don't want to go out whining about a three putt. I want to be happy and I want to enjoy everything that the hard work has gotten me."

Collated scores after the second round of the 73rd Masters at par-72 Augusta National Golf Club (a denotes amateur):

135 - Chad Campbell (USA) 65-70, Kenny Perry (USA) 68-67
136 - Angel Cabrera (ARG) 68-68
138 - Todd Hamilton (USA) 68-70
139 - Tim Clark (RSA) 68-71
140 - Shingo Katayama (JPN) 67-73, Anthony Kim (USA) 75-65, Rory Sabbatini (RSA) 73-67, Jim Furyk (USA) 66-74, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 73-67
141 - Stephen Ames (CAN) 73-68, Hunter Mahan (USA) 66-75, Steve Stricker (USA) 72-69, Nick Watney (USA) 70-71, Henrik Stenson 71-70, Vijay Singh (71-70), Geoff Ogilvy (AUS) 71-70, Phil Mickelson (USA) 73-68
142 - Aaron Baddeley (AUS) 68-74, Dustin Johnson (USA) 72-70, Sandy Lyle (SCO) 72-70, Graeme McDowell (NIR) 69-73, John Merrick (USA) 68-74, Lee Westwood (ENG) 70-72, Tiger Woods (USA) 70-72, Padraig Harrington (IRL) 69-73, Camilo Villegas (COL) 73-69
143 - Ken Duke (USA) 71-72, Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 70-73, Rocco Mediate (USA) 73-70, Larry Mize (USA) 67-76, Mike Weir (CN) 68-75
144 - Paul Casey (ENG) 72-72, Ben Curtis (ENG) 73-71, Luke Donald (ENG) 73-71, Dudley Hart (USA) 72-72, Sean O'Hair (USA) 68-76, Ian Poulter (ENG) 71-73, Andres Romero (ARG) 69-75, Bubba Watson (USA) 72-72, Justin Rose 74-70
145 - Robert Allenby (AUS) 73-72, Ross Fisher (ENG) 69-76, Steve Flesch (USA) 71-74, Trevor Immelman (RSA) 71-74, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 72-73, Kevin Sutherland (USA) 69-76, D.J. Trahan (USA) 72-73, Ryuji Imada (JPN) 73-72, Stuart Appleby (AUS) 72-73

Failed to make the cut

146 - Fred Couples (USA) 73-73, Retief Goosen (RSA) 75-71, Jose Maria Olazabal (ESP) 71-75, Adam Scott (AUS) 71-75, Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 71-75, Richard Sterne (RSA) 72-74, Ernie Els (RSA) 75-71
147 - Stewart Cink (USA) 69-78, Robert Karlsson (SWE) 73-74, Martin Kaymer (GER) 71-76, Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 76-71, Greg Norman (AUS) 70-77, Reinier Saxton (NED -a) 75-72, Yang Yong-Eun (KOR) 73-74
148 - Briny Baird (USA) 73-75, K.J. Choi (KOR) 76-72, Soren Hansen (DEN) 72-76, Justin Leonard (USA) 75-73, Jack Newman (USA- a) 72-76, Oliver Wilson (ENG) 73-75
149 - Boo Weekley (USA) 73-76, Ian Woosnam (WAL) 74-75
150 - Ryo Ishikawa (JPN) 73-77, Zach Johnson (USA) 70-80, Drew Kittleson (USA -a) 78-72, Bernhard Langer (GER) 70-80, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 73-77, Brandt Snedeker (USA) 76-74
151 - Mathew Goggin (AUS) 74-77, Lin Wen-Tang (TPE) 77-74, Mark O'Meara (USA) 75-76, Chez Reavie (USA) 75-76, Craig Stadler (USA) 77-74
152 - Billy Mayfair (USA) 77-75
153 - Alvaro Quiros (ESP) 78-75
154 - Prayad Marksaeng (THA) 70-84, Pat Perez (USA) 75-79, Carl Pettersson (SWE) 75-79, Steve Wilson (USA -a) 79-75
155 - Michael Campbell (NZL) 80-75, Danny Lee (NZL -a) 74-81, Fuzzy Zoeller (USA) 79-76
156 - Ben Crenshaw (USA) 73-83
157 - Tom Watson (USA) 74-83
158 - Ray Floyd (USA) 79-79
161 - Gary Player (RSA) 78-83


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